Honkytonk Man (1982)
Critic Consensus: Clint Eastwood succeeds in revealing his softer side in Honkytonk Man, a surprisingly sweet and heartwarming road movie that hums along at a pleasant pace.
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as Red Stovall
as Highway Patrolman
as Jack Wade
as Dr. Hines
as Henry Axle
as Jim Bob
as Radio Announcer
as Texas Playboy
as Flossie King
as Club Manager
as Texas Playboy
as Bob Wills
as Miss Maud
as Oldest Son
as Mr. Vogel
as Bus Driver #1
as Bus Driver #2
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Critic Reviews for Honkytonk Man
It is a guileless tribute not only to plain values of plain people in Depression America, but also to the sweet spirit of country-and-western music before it got all duded up for the urban cowboys.
Eastwood took great pains in telling this story of an aging, struggling country singer...
The whole thing veers wildly in quality, and no Eastwood-hater should go within a mile of it; but few lovers of American cinema could fail to be moved by a venture conceived so recklessly against the spirit of its times.
This is a sweet, whimsical, low-key movie, a movie that makes you feel good without pressing you too hard.
The film comes across sympathetically but unconvincingly, as an attempt by a well-established movie tough guy to reveal his tender side.
Audience Reviews for Honkytonk Man
Honkytonk Man (1982) C-122m. ? 1/2 D: Clint Eastwood. Clint Eastwood, Kyle Eastwood, John McIntire, Verna Bloom. Artificial (and overlong) story of Oklahoma musician and his nephew heading to Nashville. Interesting for the use of Kyle Eastwood (Clint's real life son), but the leaden pace just destroys this movie. From the Clancy Carlile novel.
Enjoyable little quiet movie. Liked Eastwood and son's characters. I don't like Eastwood's singing voice, so I had no chance of enjoying the musical scenes (plus I dislike country music). Also liked the character Marlene.
A real gem of a film that's filled with humor and heart, a lot of heart. Clint Eastwood put away his tough guy image for a personal project that delivers in a wonderful way as solid entertainment. Eastwood is absolutely superb, one of best performances, its up there with Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino and Bronco Billy. Clint and his son Kyle Eastwood shine together in this warmhearted adventure. A beautiful masterpiece. Director, and star, Clint crafts a truly remarkable and magnificent movie that will shine as one of his true classics.
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