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½ August 19, 2017
A kind, bittersweet take on two common film themes, Depression-era Okies suffering from the Dust Bowl and leaving for California, and itinerant country singers living complicated lives while they look for their big break. Eastwood is excellent, and the movie's gentle pace seems completely natural for the time and setting, and for this story of vulnerable humans doing their best to get by and seek a better life. Touching.
August 7, 2017
This movie has stayed with me since I was a young child. I felt like I was with Whit as he traveled and lived with a struggling singer. One of Eastwood's most underappreciated roles and movies. Laid the groundwork for Bridges of Madison County with his softer persona and real-guy charm.
½ September 20, 2016
Like an old country ballad, this is a calm, steadily paced little ditty of a film. Unfortunately, it has the gender and sexual politics of those old southern crooners as well, its fun be covered in uncomfortable social circumstances (i.e. the whorehouse scene...no no no). Not without its own life and humor, this Eastwood film is ALMOST worth recommending, but not quite. (P.S. Pet peeve: noticeably fake musicianship.)
½ May 24, 2016
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.
December 23, 2015
One of Eastwood's hidden gems, if you may.
½ February 1, 2015
A fun road movie with a country music soundtrack and tuberculosis.
August 30, 2014
Nice, Clint's son can gave a great acting career.
June 16, 2014
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.
½ September 2, 2013
By far one of Clint's masterpieces. His performance is incredible along with that of his son's. There are so many memorable moments and the story of a country singers dream is told perfectly. An outstanding adventure told beautifully and one that will definitely stand out as one of his true classics.
August 6, 2013
Eastwood gives us one of his best acting performances along with some very nice singing playing a depression era country singer. His son also gives a wonderful performance as his nephew and traveling companion. A great movie.
December 18, 2012
A low key 'lonely man' gem of a film. Oh Nashville..
December 7, 2012
Looks interesting will try to find and watch!
Super Reviewer
November 20, 2012
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.
½ June 25, 2012
Shockingly good. Eastwood makes for a terrific singer, and his character is outside of his normal range of tough guys. Alexa Kenin steals the show when she's on-screen with her wacky character. The film is still odd, at times, and his character make politically incorrect (even for the Depression-era) moves, but this is one of his finest performances. And his direction here isn't bad either, especially for an earlier Eastwood film.
May 20, 2012
The film is sweet and heartwarming without being too pushy. It's a little long for what it is, but the appearance of several country legends and great moments balance it out. The final scenes in Nashville are the best, especially when one of my music idols, Marty Robbins, steps in to finish Red's song.
½ April 19, 2012
classic song. a driving backroads kind of movie
½ March 24, 2012
Clint takes son Kyle along for a last ride to Music City during the Dustbowl era. Drags out over two hours and clearly Clint had clout to do whatever he wanted at this point, even make an attempt to sing. Best parts are cameos by country greats Ray Price, Opry stalwart Porter Wagoner and Marty Robbins right before he died.
½ February 19, 2012
A great story of a man seeking a dream and a boy coming of age, one of Eastwood's best movies.
October 23, 2011
Le film le plus personnel de Clint Eastwood ?
September 5, 2011
It rather meanders along for a good bit of the film. The final 15 minutes are quite strong, though.

You can clearly see Eastwood's early interest for Million Dollar Baby in this film.
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