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Songwriter (1984)




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In this easy-going, musically-oriented film, Willie Nelson (Doc Jenkins) and Kris Kristofferson (Blackie Buck) basically play themselves in this story about two songwriters who first performed together when young and are now into separate careers. Doc Jenkins has become a popular country music singer but has run into problems because Rodeo Rocky (Richard C. Sarafian), an executive in the music business, is out to make as much as he can off Jenkins' talent without giving him anything in return. Meanwhile, Blackie is still hustling women and getting into scrapes, but he remains a loyal friend when the going gets tough. Through all his business troubles, Jenkins manages to coach new talent (Lesley Ann Warren) and straighten out his personal life a bit. Songs and music are performed throughout the film.


Willie Nelson
as Doc Jenkins
Kris Kristofferson
as Blackie Buck
Melinda Dillon
as Honey Carder
Rip Torn
as Dino McLeish
Mickey Raphael
as Arly and Harmonica, Gilda's Band
Sage Parker
as Pattie McLeish
Stephen Bruton
as Sam and Roarers Band
Cleve Dupin
as Road Manager
Joe Keyes
as Eddie
Amanda Bishop
as Daughter
Sam Allred
as Disc Jockey
Bob Gould
as Ralph
Johnny Gimble
as Fiddle Player
Eloise Schmitt
as Girl on Bus
Christi Carafano
as Girl in Bed
Joe Gallien
as Electronics Engineer
Gates Moore
as 1st Concert Hall Manager
Larry Gorham
as 2nd Concert Hall Manager
Jackie King
as Guitar Player
Catherine Molloy
as Doc's Girl Friend
Bobby Rambo
as Party Guest
Michael Reesburg
as Roarer Roadie
John Shaw
as Cashier
Pete Stauber
as Vacuum Cleaner Salesman
Larry Trader
as Golf Roadie
Priscilla Dougherty
as Incredulous Woman
Bobbie Nelson
as Piano, Gilda's Band
Paul English
as Drums, Gilda's Band
Bee Spears
as Bass, Gilda's Band
Jody Payne
as Guitar, Gilda's Band
Grady Martin
as Guitar, Gilda's Band
Booker T. Jones
as Keyboard, Gilda's Band
Billy Swann
as Roarers Band
Donnie Fritts
as Roarers Band
Sammy Creason
as Roarers Band
Tommy McClure
as Roarers Band
Glen Clark
as Roarers Band
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Critic Reviews for Songwriter

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

It's about spending some time with some country musicians who are not much crazier than most country musicians, and are probably nicer than some. It also has a lot of good music.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The pacing is flash. bang. pop, with nonstop singing, talking, and carrying on, suggesting the manic pace entertainers on the road must endure.

April 30, 2020 | Full Review…

If you're fans of country music and especially of Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, you should love this free-wheeling road film.

December 8, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Original, if flawed film

July 3, 2005 | Rating: C+

Two of the best songwriters of all time doing what they do best.

April 22, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

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