- 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: Parental Guidance SuggestedPG
- 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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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.
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.Read more ›
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!! :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
if you love WIlly Nelson and Diane Canyon, this movie is for you!Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Willie Nelson and Dyan Cannon make beautiful music together and look good together tooPublished 25 days ago by Vern A Farder
I just LOVED this movie. It tell a story very similar of my band and I, ON THE ROAD AGAIN. LOVE LOVE LOVED it nPublished 1 month ago by Ida McBeth
I liove this movie ... I watch it over and over .. I recommend it for everybody that likes willie Nelson and his musicPublished 2 months ago by Bea
We have watched this movie over the years several times. It is all about hearing Willie sing all our old favorites. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SpittinKitten