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Honeysuckle Rose (1980)

Honeysuckle Rose (1980)

Honeysuckle Rose





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After displaying his easygoing charm in a number of television appearances and a showy supporting role in The Electric Horseman, Willie Nelson scored his first leading role in this romantic comedy-drama in which he (appropriately enough) plays a musician. Buck Bonham (Nelson) is a country singer/songwriter with a loyal following in his native Texas and the neighboring Western states. However, Buck hasn't yet had the hit record that would make him a star nationwide; in the meantime, Buck and his band keep up a busy tour schedule, much to the annoyance of his wife, Viv (Dyan Cannon), and son, Jamie (Joey Floyd), who would like to see Buck at home every once in a while. As Buck wonders if he should press on with his musical career or call it quits, his close friend and longtime guitarist Garland Ramsey (Slim Pickens) announces he's retiring, and suggests a good replacement -- his daughter, Lily (Amy Irving). Lily had a crush on Buck as a child, and now as a full-grown and very beautiful woman, her infatuation has only increased with time. Consequently, Buck must choose between Viv and Lily as well as his home and his career. Honeysuckle Rose was written specifically for Nelson, and his character bears more than a passing similarity to Willie and his life before the album Red Headed Stranger made him a star; the film also earned Nelson an Academy Award nomination for the film's theme song, "On the Road Again." ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: William D. Wittliff, Carol Sobieski, John Binder
In Theaters:
Warner Bros.


Willie Nelson
as Buck Bonham
Dyan Cannon
as Viv Bonham
Amy Irving
as Lily Ramsey
Slim Pickens
as Garland Ramsey
Pepe Serna
as Rooster
T. Snake
as Snake
Johnny Gimble
as Reunion Band Member
Frank Stewart
as Dorsey Lee
LuBelle Camp
as Grandma Bonham
A.L. Camp
as Grandpa Bonham
Jackie Ezzell
as Country Girl
Centa Boyd
as Woman at Party
Cara Kanak
as Woman at Party
Augie Myers
as Stage Manager
Robert Gotschall
as Store Clerk
Mary Jane Valle
as Airline Clerk
Sam Allred
as Contractor
Boy Baty
as Carpenter
John Meadows
as Carpenter
Dick Gimble
as Reunion Band Member
Maurice Anderson
as Reunion Band Member
Ray D. Hollingsworth
as Reunion Band Member
Bill Mounce
as Reunion Band Member
Kenny Frazier
as Reunion Band Member
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Critic Reviews for Honeysuckle Rose

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Honeysuckle Rose is built upon the excellent music of Willie Nelson and Dyan Cannon's appealing performance.

Full Review… | January 29, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

June 16, 2005

September 23, 2004
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for Honeysuckle Rose

Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon, Amy Irving & Slim Pickens star in the story of road life with country music star, Buck Bonham. Fun movie with a great soundtrack.

Moe E

Super Reviewer

Like a good country song, "Honeysuckle Rose" rolls out all the familiar cliches making for a predictable yet comfortable film that nevertheless doesn't offer up a single surprise along the way. It deals with drinking, music and infidelity and features the acting debut of country superstar Willie Nelson.

He gives a laid-back, likable and natural performance, mostly because he's playing a thinly veiled variation on himself, so it's kind of a stretch to call what he does here "acting". The film features some of the best music he's recorded as a singer, and the songs are easily the best thing about this easy-going picture. In fact, there are times during this movie's second half where the paper-thin plot almost gets in the way of the enjoyable concert footage.

The story is just a vehicle to drive the picture to the next musical number, and all of the conflicts along the way are wrapped up in a tidy, convenient manner in the end. Nelson's co-star Dyan Cannon has some good moments here as his long-suffering wife, but young Amy Irving is terribly miscast as his love interest. She was seemingly cast solely on the basis of her looks. She has a nice singing voice but her performance consists mostly of staring at Willie adoringly in a manner that he mostly ignores until the end when she's completely forgotten about in favor of a happy ending.

The music is the best (and some would argue, the only) reason to see "Honeysuckle Rose", a routine but slightly entertaining country song come to life. It's Willie's show all the way.

Timothy Sanders

Willie Nelson is the star, when did he ever let ya down? One of my top ten favorite movies of all time.

Mandy H.

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