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Songwriter (1984)

Doc Jenkins is a singer/songwriter who tries to leave his singer/songwriter roots to be a music "mogul", and gets tangled up in a bad publishing deal. He enlists a team of cronies, ... See full summary »

Director:

Alan Rudolph

Writer:

Bud Shrake
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willie Nelson ... Doc Jenkins
Kris Kristofferson ... Blackie Buck
Melinda Dillon ... Honey Carder
Rip Torn ... Dino McLeish
Lesley Ann Warren ... Gilda
Mickey Raphael Mickey Raphael ... Arly
Rhonda Dotson Rhonda Dotson ... Corkie
Richard C. Sarafian ... Rodeo Rocky
Robert Gould ... Ralph
Sage Parker Sage Parker ... Pattie McLeish
Shannon Wilcox ... Anita
Jeff MacKay ... Hogan
Gailard Sartain ... Mulreaux
Stephen Bruton Stephen Bruton ... Sam / Roarers Band
Glen Clark Glen Clark ... Paul / Roarers Band
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Storyline

Doc Jenkins is a singer/songwriter who tries to leave his singer/songwriter roots to be a music "mogul", and gets tangled up in a bad publishing deal. He enlists a team of cronies, including a young singer and his former singing partner, Blackie Buck, and together they execute his plan to get out of the deal. He gets help from a stereotypical small-time concert promoter. Honey Carder is the love interest/ex-wife. Written by <marv@knology.net>

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Willie and Kris? You better duck! See more »

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Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Compozitorul See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$497,406, 14 October 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$865,915
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TriStar Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In addition to it's practicality as a filming location Austin offered the crew a multitude of recreational activities which included parks, historical exhibits, museums, and a diverse selection of music clubs, were frequented by the cast and crew whenever there was some time off. See more »

Quotes

Blackie Buck: I'd put my name on one your songs if it would help screw Rodeo Rocky over.
Doc Jenkins: Say that again.
Blackie Buck: I can't.
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Rollicking country comedy
15 August 2002 | by PayOrPlaySee all my reviews

Songwriter is a rollicking country comedy, not exactly what you'd expect from Alan Rudolph. Willie Nelson is wonderful in this picture, an actor of considerable great subtlety as well as the great singer you already knew he was. Rip Torn is hilariously hammy. If you have any fondness for the country (especially the Texas country) millieu, this is one to check out.


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