Honeysuckle Rose (film)
Original theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jerry Schatzberg|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Box office||$17.8 million|
Honeysuckle Rose (also known as On the Road Again) is a 1980 American romantic drama film directed by Jerry Schatzberg, written by John Binder, Gustaf Molander, Carol Sobieski, Gösta Stevens, and William D. Wittliff, and starring Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon, and Amy Irving.
Buck Bonham is a country singer, with a good family, struggling to find national fame. He juggles his music career with his responsibilities to his wife and son. He has everything going his way until the daughter of his former guitarist joins his tour. The road leads to temptation, which leads to his downfall. The only question is will his family and friends stand by him?
Insider information: Honeysuckle Rose was Country singer Hoyt Axton's actual tour bus, and Hoyt wrote the title song, "An Old Greyhound" and originally was considered for the lead role before Nelson was selected. Axton always claimed that he got a great deal on the bus, buying it from Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen, "when they realized they either had to shovel out all the beer cans, or buy a new bus." The bus was featured in the movie starring Willie Nelson, but belonged to Axton. knew Hoyt Axton well, from 1966 until his passing.
- Willie Nelson as Buck Bonham
- Dyan Cannon as Viv Bonham
- Amy Irving as Lily Ramsey
- Slim Pickens as Garland Ramsey
- Joey Floyd as Jamie Bonham
- Charles Levin as Sid
- Mickey Rooney, Jr. as Cotton Roberts
- Lane Smith as Brag, Cotton's manager
- Pepe Serna as Rooster
- Priscilla Pointer as Rosella Ramsey
- Diana Scarwid as Jeanne
- Emmylou Harris as herself
- Rex Ludwick as Tex
- Mickey Raphael as Kelly
- Grady Martin as himself
- Bee Spears as Bo
Honeysuckle Rose opened theatrically in 826 venues on July 18, 1980 and earned $2,189,966 in its first weekend, ranking third in the domestic box office. Ultimately, the film grossed $17,815,212.
In 1981, Nelson was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "On the Road Again". Irving won a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress. Roger Ebert called the film sly and entertaining, but said that the story was predictable and disappointing. The film grossed over $17 million. It was screened out of competition at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival.
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:
- "HONEYSUCKLE ROSE (A)". British Board of Film Classification. July 28, 1980. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
- "Honeysuckle Rose (1980)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
- Ebert, Roger (1980-07-18). "Honeysuckle Rose Review". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
- "Festival de Cannes: Honeysuckle Rose". festival-cannes.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
- "AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-07-30.