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Honeysuckle Rose [VHS]

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Product Details

  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300268195
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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