In the middle of the Depression, alcoholic, tubercular, would-be country singer Red Stovall (Clint Eastwood) moves in with his sister's family on their lonely western farm. Red's young nephew, Whit (played by Clint's son, Kyle Eastwood), becomes his dissolute uncle's protector,
accompanying him to Nashville for a Grand Ole Opry audition. Joining the duo on their trouble-fraught journey are Whit's grandpa (John McIntire) and another aspiring singer, Marlene (Alexa Kenin). As in 1980's superior BRONCO BILLY, Eastwood continues to examine and redefine his screen image in
HONKYTONK MAN, departing radically from his popular man-with-no-name and Dirty Harry personae. Unfortunately, the film suffers from the weak script's predictable situations and underdeveloped characters, and the pathos and cliches become hard to take, making HONKYTONK MAN more of a curiosity piece
for followers of Eastwood than a truly compelling story.
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