Honkytonk Man
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Clint Eastwood put his tough-guy image on hold for this personal project, which follows a musician taking one final chance at the big time. Red Stovall (Eastwood) is a would-be country singer who has been bouncing around the margins of the music business for years. With nowhere in particular to go, Red arrives at the failing Oklahoma farm of his sister for an extended visit, where her son Whit (Kyle Eastwood) quickly bonds with his uncle. However, it's obvious that Red is in very poor health, drinking heavily and breathing with difficulty, and when Red is invited to audition for the Grand… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"It is a guileless tribute not only to plain values of plain people in Depression America, but also to the sweet spirit of country-and-western music before it got all duded up for the urban cowboys."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"This is a sweet, whimsical, low-key movie, a movie that makes you feel good without pressing you too hard."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"More of a curiosity piece for followers of Eastwood than a truly compelling story."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Sweet and heartfelt."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Eastwood took great pains in telling this story of an aging, struggling country singer..."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The film comes across sympathetically but unconvincingly, as an attempt by a well-established movie tough guy to reveal his tender side."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"One of the unnoticed treasures of the '80s."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Clint Eastwood's dust bowl drama Honkytonk Man is a sensitive road picture about a mostly luckless aspiring country music singer."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"The whole thing veers wildly in quality, and no Eastwood-hater should go within a mile of it; but few lovers of American cinema could fail to be moved by a venture conceived so recklessly against the spirit of its times."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Today it looks much better, and contains one of Eastwood's most openhearted performances."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Surprisingly sweet and mellow piece from Mr. Eastwood."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Uneven, indulgent and overlong, but, perversely, it still has a few good moments: the appearance of the some country greats, Eastwood's character trying to sing through his illness, the picturesque scenery."
‑ , Film4
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