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Honeysuckle Rose (1980)

PG | | Music, Romance, Drama | 18 July 1980 (USA)
Willie Nelson is a country singer on the road caught in a romantic triangle with Dyan Cannon and Amy Irving, the daughter of one of his longtime musical sidekick.

Director:

Jerry Schatzberg

Writers:

John Binder, Gustaf Molander (story) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willie Nelson ... Buck Bonham
Dyan Cannon ... Viv Bonham
Amy Irving ... Lily Ramsey
Slim Pickens ... Garland Ramsey
Joey Floyd Joey Floyd ... Jamie Bonham
Charles Levin ... Sid
Mickey Rooney Jr. ... Cotton Roberts
Lane Smith ... Brag--Cotton's Manager
Pepe Serna ... Rooster
Priscilla Pointer ... Rosella Ramsey
Diana Scarwid ... Jeanne
Emmylou Harris ... Emmylou Harris
Rex Ludwick Rex Ludwick ... Tex
Mickey Raphael Mickey Raphael ... Kelly
Bee Spears Bee Spears ... Bo
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Storyline

Buck Bonham is a county singer, with a good family, struggling to find national fame. He juggles his music career with his obligations to his long-suffering wife and their son. He has everything going his way until his longtime guitarist retires from the band. His plucky young daughter eagerly accepts the position meant to last several weeks. The road leads to temptation as the young woman admits a longtime crush on him, which leads to his downfall. The only question is will his family and friends stand by him before things come crashing down? Written by Anonymous

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For 20 years he's been singing to the country. But he never figured he'd be living his own love songs.

Genres:

Music | Romance | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

On the Road Again See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,189,966, 20 July 1980

Gross USA:

$17,815,212

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,815,212
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly, the character Buck Bonham that Willie Nelson played is considered to have borne more than a passing similarity to the actual Willie Nelson the person in real life. This duality was also displayed in Nelson's character Buck Bonham's life experience in the film's story. This is reflected in the movie's tagline that states: "For 20 years, he's been singing to the country. But he never figured he'd be living his own love songs.". See more »

Goofs

In Mexico, Buck gets shot with the 7th shot from Garland's 6-shooter. See more »

Quotes

[Lily is on her first tour with Buck's band]
Bo: Anybody on this bus got a college education?
Lily Ramsey: I do; just graduated in June.
Bo: Good. Then you can get up and get us a beer.
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I Don't Do Windows
Written and Performed by Hank Cochran
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fine country melodrama
28 August 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Buck Bonham (Willie Nelson) is a traveling country singer with his band. His marriage to Viv (Dyan Cannon) has its hurdles. When his longtime guitar player Garland Ramsey (Slim Pickens) retires, he is replaced by his daughter Lily (Amy Irving). To the dismay of most, Buck starts an affair with Lily.

There is nothing that dramatic. It's a romantic melodrama dressed up in country singing robes. I don't know how Amy Irving won the 1st Golden Raspberry for the Worst Supporting Actress. I don't expect much praise but she's not actually bad. That's how I feel about the movie in general. The music is fine country. Willie Nelson lends a reality to his character. There is a general cinema verite feel with the concerts. This is a fine country western song in movie form.


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