Honkytonk Man
Honkytonk Man (1982)

Clint Eastwood directed this low-key road movie, a deliberate change of pace from his dark and violent screen persona. Eastwood is Red Stovall, an amateur country singer/songwriter in the Depression-era 1930s, who dreams of singing success… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 15, 1982
DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
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93%
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Clint Eastwood succeeds in revealing his softer side in Honkytonk Man, a surprisingly sweet and heartwarming road movie that hums along at a pleasant pace.

TIME Magazine

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is a sweet, whimsical, low-key movie, a movie that makes you feel good without pressing you too hard.

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TV Guide

More of a curiosity piece for followers of Eastwood than a truly compelling story.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Eastwood took great pains in telling this story of an aging, struggling country singer...

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The film comes across sympathetically but unconvincingly, as an attempt by a well-established movie tough guy to reveal his tender side.

Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

One of the unnoticed treasures of the '80s.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Today it looks much better, and contains one of Eastwood's most openhearted performances.

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Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

Surprisingly sweet and mellow piece from Mr. Eastwood.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Al S
A real gem of a film that's filled with humor and heart, a lot of heart. Clint Eastwood put away his tough guy image for a personal project that delivers… More
Dean McKenna
A bittersweet character study, it works remarkably well. You even begin to believe Clint Eastwood in the role. The star's son, Kyle Eastwood, makes an… More