A good ol' boy comedy-drama, Songwriter flashes enough substance between the songs and the hijinks to qualify as a sometimes astute look into the darker areas of the music business. Willie Nelson plays Doc Jenkins, the title character, who conspires with longtime pal Blackie Buck (Kris Kristofferson) to turn the tables on a shady promoter, Rodeo Rocky (Richard Sarafian), who has Doc signed to a contract that is one step short of indentured servitude. Lesley Ann Warren plays Gilda, an up-and-coming country chanteuse whom Doc is tutoring. The rest of the supporting cast is a mix of veteran character players (Rip Torn, Melinda Dillon) and musicians associated with Nelson (Mickey Raphael, Bee Spears, Jody Payne, Johnny Gimble). There are also plenty of musical numbers featuring Nelson and Kristofferson (solo and duets). The musicians/actors went on to co-star in two TV movies, A Pair of Aces and Another Pair of Aces, essentially playing the same kind of good ol' boy characters, though as detectives, not songwriters.~Tom Wiener
This is one of my all-time favorite films. I can watch it over and over and never get tired of it. I originally rented the VHS, then I purchased the VHS, then later I purchased it on DVD, and now I am glad to finally have it on blu-ray. Willie and Kris both do an excellent job in this film and it is a nice addition to your collection if you like music-centered films.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Would have been nice to get some extras, but no
Just a transfer it appears, but sounds great even in 2 channel