Honkytonk Man – 1982

Honkytonk Man - 1982 - Clint Eastwood Movies

Overview

As the film opens on an Oklahoma farm during the depression, two simultaneous visitors literally hit the Wagoneer home: a ruinous dust storm and a convertible crazily driven by Red, the missus’ brother. A roguish country-western musician, he has just been invited to audition for the Grand Ole Opry.

 
 

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Honkytonk Man - 1982 - Clint Eastwood Movies

Cast (first billed)

  • Clint Eastwood – Red Stovall
  • Kyle Eastwood – Whit
  • John McIntire – Grandpa

Director

  • Richard Tuggle

Plot

As the film opens on an Oklahoma farm during the depression, two simultaneous visitors literally hit the Wagoneer home: a ruinous dust storm and a convertible crazily driven by Red, the missus’ brother. A roguish country-western musician, he has just been invited to audition for the Grand Ole Opry, his chance of a lifetime to become a success. However, this is way back in Nashville, Red clearly drives terribly, and he’s broke and sick with tuberculosis to boot. Whit, 14, seeing his own chance of a lifetime to avoid “growing up to be a cotton picker all my life,” begs Ma to let him go with Uncle Red as driver and protege. Thus begins a picaresque journey both hilarious and poignant.

Critical Reception

“Clint did not exactly set the world on fire in his previous musical outing in Paint Your Wagon. But in Honky Tonk Man he’s right in his element as a hard living country singer during the Depression trying to finally catch a break with the Grand Ole Opry.
” – bkoganbing – IMDB

“The actor/director avoids pathos and melodrama. It was a very risky move to play such a character at a time when success story was the golden rule.The movie was bound to be a flop,but it deserves to be restored to favor now.” – dbdumonteil – IMDB

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