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Movie: Pure Country & Honeysuckle Rose with Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon directed by Christopher Cain, Jerry Schatzberg

Movie Review: Pure Country & Honeysuckle Rose with Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon directed by Christopher Cain, Jerry Schatzberg

categories: Movie, Country Greats, George Strait, Country Music

Actors: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Florence Bates
Director: Jack Conway
Studio: WarnerBrothers

 Willie & Dyan Were Absolutely Beautiful in 1980

This film was released in 1980 and the hair, sets and clothes are dated -- but Willie Nelson and Dyan Cannon were absolutely gorgeous and it's a great southern love story. Who doesn't love Texas?

Predictable story of a musician (Willie Nelson as Buck Bonham) and his wife (Dyan Cannon as Viv Bonham). as they grapple with the sacrifices and temptations of Buck's eventual rise to superstardom. He has to be out on the road lest fickle fans will forget - but he also has a wife and son at home who need him too. Lots of early foreboding dialogue between Buck and Viv concerning women on the road, missing one another and Buck's inability to be home for more than a few days at a time.

Guilt, the strain and loneliness of being away from home, and a 22 year old girl's hero worship combine into the perfect storm culminating into a road affair between Buck and his best buddy's daughter, Lilly (Amy Irving). It is creepy that a 22 year old is sleeping with her father's best friend, who is 25 years her senior, and I have never been a fan of Amy Irving. But this story was written specifically for Willie Nelson, and the events are close to his real life story in his younger years.

This one is good for a Sunday afternoon - rivals ant Lifetime movie on cable any day :-)

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