Songwriter (1984)

Songwriter (1984)




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In this easy-going, musically-oriented film, Willie Nelson (Doc Jenkins) and Kris Kristofferson (Blackie Buck) basically play themselves in this story about two songwriters who first performed together when young and are now into separate careers. Doc Jenkins has become a popular country music singer but has run into problems because Rodeo Rocky (Richard C. Sarafian), an executive in the music business, is out to make as much as he can off Jenkins' talent without giving him anything in return. Meanwhile, Blackie is still hustling women and getting into scrapes, but he remains a loyal friend when the going gets tough. Through all his business troubles, Jenkins manages to coach new talent (Lesley Ann Warren) and straighten out his personal life a bit. Songs and music are performed throughout the film.
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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TriStar Pictures


Willie Nelson
as Doc Jenkins
Kris Kristofferson
as Blackie Buck
Melinda Dillon
as Honey Carder
Rip Torn
as Dino McLeish
Mickey Raphael
as Arly and Harmonica, Gilda's Band
Rhonda Dotson
as Corkie
Richard C. Sarafian
as Rodeo Rocky
Sage Parker
as Pattie McLeish
Jeff Mackay
as Hogan
Gailard Sartain
as Mulreaux
Stephen Bruton
as Sam and Roarers Band
Cleve Dupin
as Road Manager
B.C. Cooper
as Cooper
Poodie Locke
as Purvis
Joe Keyes
as Eddie
Amanda Bishop
as Daughter
Kristin Renfro
as Daughter
Sam Allred
as Disc Jockey
William Boyd
as Blind Tommy's Brother
Bob Gould
as Ralph
Steve Fromholtz
as Engineer
Johnny Gimble
as Fiddle Player
Eloise Schmitt
as Girl on Bus
Kate Cadenhead
as Groupie
Christi Carafano
as Girl in Bed
Joe Gallien
as Electronics Engineer
Gates Moore
as 1st Concert Hall Manager
Larry Gorham
as 2nd Concert Hall Manager
Jackie King
as Guitar Player
Catherine Molloy
as Doc's Girl Friend
Bobby Rambo
as Party Guest
Michael Reesburg
as Roarer Roadie
John Shaw
as Cashier
Pete Stauber
as Vacuum Cleaner Salesman
Larry Trader
as Golf Roadie
Priscilla Dougherty
as Incredulous Woman
Bobbie Nelson
as Piano, Gilda's Band
Paul English
as Drums, Gilda's Band
Bee Spears
as Bass, Gilda's Band
Jody Payne
as Guitar, Gilda's Band
Grady Martin
as Guitar, Gilda's Band
Booker T. Jones
as Keyboard, Gilda's Band
Billy Swann
as Roarers Band
Donnie Fritts
as Roarers Band
Sammy Creason
as Roarers Band
Tommy McClure
as Roarers Band
Glen Clark
as Roarers Band
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Critic Reviews for Songwriter

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

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
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Original, if flawed film

July 3, 2005

Two of the best songwriters of all time doing what they do best.

April 22, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Quote not available.

October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Quote not available.

June 4, 2003
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Songwriter


Songwriter is a good-natured film that rolls along on the strength of attitudes and poses long ago established outside the picture by its stars, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, basically playing themselves disguised as fictional characters.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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