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Honeysuckle Rose [VHS] (1980)

Willie Nelson , Dyan Cannon , Jerry Schatzberg  |  PG |  VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon, Amy Irving, Slim Pickens, Joey Floyd
  • Directors: Jerry Schatzberg
  • Writers: Carol Sobieski, Gustaf Molander, Gösta Stevens, John Binder, William D. Wittliff
  • Producers: Gene Taft, Sydney Pollack
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: January 19, 1994
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300268195
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,167 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Some musicians just sing their songs. Willie Nelson lives them. No more chicken-fried steak, no more tequila--eyed 6 A.M. departures, no more raspy renditions of a song they grew tired of eight towns ago. Buck Bonham and his band are homeward bound. And they can't wait to get back on the road again. Singer/songwriter Willie Nelson is BUck in Honeysuckle Rose, a steel-stringed portrayal of life on the road...and of the romantic potholes Buck swerves to miss, but can't. The film's story isn't autobiographical, but it's a subject Nelson knows well. "I sometime wonder if my first two marriages would have stuck if I wasn't leading the life I was, " he says. Dyan Cannon, Amy Irving, Slim Pickens and member of Nelson's own band join in this engagingly authentic film that has the knack for providing the right song - including the Academy Award -nominated "On the Road Again", "Whiskey River", "Loving Her Was Easier", "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" and more than 14 others - at the right time. For the next two hours, your home is a mud-caked bus, your favorite tume is the hum of tires on a two-lane highway and stardom may be around the next bend. "They've used everybody else up. They've got to get around to guys like us sooner or later, " Buck explains. Besides, he's at the wheel, so you can't help but go places. Color. 120 minutes. Rated PG. Musical

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's Not to Like? September 5, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
One of the feel-good movies of the 80s, "Honeysuckle Rose" wears well. Willie Nelson plays Buck Bonham, a country superstar (surprise!) who's about to go out on tour when he loses a key member of the band. No problem. Buck's loyal, loving wife (Dyan Cannon), herself a former superstar and now Buck's business manager, books the young, attractive, and professionally untried daughter of a longtime family friend (Slim Pickens) to temporarily join the tour until a seasoned replacement can be found. It turns out the girl (Amy Irving, young, sexy, and beautiful) can really belt out a tune. And that's not all.
Before you can say "broken heart," Buck and the girl are in bed together, and their mutual passion is there for all to see as they sing together on stage (by the way, Irving has one heck of a voice, and her duets with Nelson are sweet and lovely). How long will it take for the Missus to find out?
Despite the open disapproval of his band members and country friends such as Amy Harris (who has a couple of solos as well), Buck continues the dangerous affair--until somebody tips off his wife and she appears unexpectedly at one of the concert venues. There ensues a great deal of melodrama, most of it played out in song, like the classic "You Were Always On My Mind." Unfortunately, Cannon, who is supposed to be a country great in this movie, sings as well, and her flat, untrained and grating voice is just awful.
The plot sidesteps into a silly trip to Mexico with Slim Pickens, the outraged father and friend, during which Bonham comes to his senses. All works out just fine in the end, and the viewer ends up smiling, humming country songs, and rewinding the tape to start it up all over again.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Honeysuckle Rose" a totally entertaining film. December 9, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Honeysuckle Rose once again proves that a great singer, Willie Nelson, can be, and usually is, a more than competent actor. Buoyed up with outstanding performances by Dyan Cannon, Amy Irving and Slim Pickens, Willie more than holds his own in this totally entertaining and music- filled portrayal of life on the road as a country musician. Most of Willie's million-seller hits are included along the way. It is a realistic and satisfying account of journeymen musician's lives, including the creative energy they must generate to be a success and the foibles they often display enroute. Don't miss it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dyan Cannon shines in wonderful backstage musical-romance September 1, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
1980's "Honeysuckle Rose" is best known as the first film to star Willie Nelson, but its true shining star is Dyan Cannon, in a wonderful, atypically understated performance as Willie's loyal wife.

Nelson stars as Buck Bonham, a Nelsonesque country singer who arrives home after an extended road tour to spend time with wife and former musical partner Viv (Cannon), who has retired to raise their preteen son Jamie (Joey Floyd). After an extended, and very well-filmed, family reunion sequence, Buck heads back out onto the road, except without his longtime lead guitarist Garland Ramsay (Slim Pickens), who himself is retiring to spend time with his wife (Priscilla Pointer). In his place, Viv talks Buck into taking Garland's daughter Lily (Amy Irving). Unfortunately, Buck and Lily get involved in an affair which threatens to destroy Buck's marriage, his relationship with Garland and his band, and Lily's relationship with her father, to say nothing of Viv.

That's it for plot, but obviously the plot is not the main attraction here. The main attraction is the incredible musical talent of Willie Nelson and his "family" of musicians, whose performances take up nearly half the film's 120 minute running time. Some of the musical highlights include the film's theme, "On the Road Again," which was Oscar-nominated, along with Nelson and Cannon's duets on "Loving You is Easier" and "Uncloudy Skies." In fact, not only does Cannon deliver an outstanding performance as the wronged woman, she reveals a previously unknown singing talent, as does Irving. Pickens is also believable as a veteran picker, although all his guitar work was dubbed.

Nelson is fine in the lead, but he's basically playing himself.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true-to-life image of music on the road February 25, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
While it certainly does not hurt to be a Willie Nelson fan to enjoy this movie, anybody (whether into rock, country, folk, etc...) wanting to see a humerous and serious true-to-life movie about playing music on the road should see this. The acting is great and the plot and content is superb.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, true outlaw-country road movie January 2, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Willie nelson plays Buck Bonham, a country singer based on his own person. The movie makes you relive the time Willie Nelson was at one of his peaks. Great music, and although the storieline is a little weak, the settings and music make up for it a 100 percent. It's the only movie I know of that can be watched hundreds of times without getting boring.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The music by itself makes it 5 stars October 23, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
If the purpose of this movie was to showcase Willie and his band to movie audiences rather than shoot for an Oscar, then it works, because the music is outstanding. I was blown away that beautiful Dyan Cannon has a great singing voice. Amy Irving is also enjoyable to watch and listen to. But obviously Willie himself is the star of the show, and his singing is unbeatable. I find myself clapping at the end of "Angel Flying Too Close" while watching this video-- hey, it's that good!

The story is pretty trite, but there are some hilarious parts in it. In fact, if you look at it as a comedy only, then it's a great movie!

I wish they would re-release this movie on DVD, since the VHS quality of this reel is strikingly inferior to present-day DVD technology. I finally relented and bought the VHS, which, if history continues itself, will result in the DVD becoming available soon!

UPDATE--OCTOBER, 2006--Well, I was right. It took a year, a little longer than I expected, but you can now buy this on DVD as a two-in-one package with Pure Country. You can thank me for making this available on DVD!! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good movie if you like country western songs
Published 3 days ago by Linda Stak
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic movie
Great classic movie! AMAZING soundtrack, especially "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground". I wish I could download this album on MP3.
Published 1 month ago by shamus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Willie!
Published 1 month ago by Donna Nunnally
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Wlllie fan
Published 2 months ago by Ddraig Goch
3.0 out of 5 stars the movie was good, but the picture was horrible
the movie was good, but the picture was horrible. The audio was horrible too. Shouldn't have to pay for this
Published 2 months ago by Brenda Mathis
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed watching Willie Nelson in his element
Really enjoyed watching Willie Nelson in his element, music. And such a treat to see glimpses of Austin, Texas from "back in the day" when Kenneth Threadgill was still... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dana McBride
5.0 out of 5 stars loved the movie
I loved everything about the movie the music fantastic I loved the story line was thrilled to be able to watch it again had seen it when it first came out
Published 5 months ago by Tanya P.
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh my, the acting!
I saw this movie many years ago when it first came out and enjoyed it. I recently watched it again and for the life of me, I can't imagine why I enjoyed it the first time! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Melanie B. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars it's Wille Nelson
what else is there to say, lots of willie Nelson in concert. His acting is pretty good too. Very good costars
Published 5 months ago by B. McGlynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Ardis Rettich
What can I say - one of the best movies I've ever seen - I watch it over and over. You can't beat the music - all my favorite Willie songs. I was very happy to find a copy.
Published 6 months ago by A. Rettich
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