Songwriter (1984)



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A good ol' boy comedy-drama, Songwriter flashes enough substance between the songs and the hijinks to qualify as a sometimes astute look into the darker areas of the music business. Willie Nelson plays Doc Jenkins, the title character, who conspires with longtime pal Blackie Buck (Kris Kristofferson) to turn the tables on a shady promoter, Rodeo Rocky (Richard Sarafian), who has Doc signed to a contract that is one step short of indentured servitude. Lesley Ann Warren plays Gilda, an … More

Rating: R
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Bud Shrake, Alan Rudolph
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 22, 2004
TriStar Pictures


as Doc Jenkins

as Blackie Buck

as Honey Carder

as Dino McLeish

as Arly and Harmonica, ...

as Pattie McLeish

as Piano, Gilda's Band

as Sam and Roarers Band

as Road Manager

as Eddie

as Daughter

as Disc Jockey

as Ralph

as Blind Tommy's Brothe...

as Fiddle Player

as Girl on Bus

as Girl in Bed

as Electronics Engineer

as Disc Jockey

as 1st Concert Hall Man...

as 2nd Concert Hall Man...

as Guitar Player

as Doc's Girl Friend

as Party Guest

as Roarer Roadie

as Cashier

as Vacuum Cleaner Sales...

as Golf Roadie

as Incredulous Woman

as Piano, Gilda's Band

as Drums, Gilda's Band

as Bass, Gilda's Band

as Guitar, Gilda's Band

as Guitar, Gilda's Band

as Keyboard, Gilda's Ba...

as Roarers Band

as Roarers Band

as Roarers Band

as Roarers Band

as Roarers Band
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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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If you're fans of country music and especially of Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, you should love this free-wheeling road film.

Full Review… | December 8, 2009
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