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Songwriter (Retro VHS Look) (Blu-ray) R

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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 43 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region A
  • Released: March 12, 2019
  • Originally Released: 2019
  • Label: Mill Creek Ent
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • DTS HD Master Audio

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , , &
Directed by
Screenwriting by
Produced by
Director of Photography:

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"It's a short term loan on a long term lie. It's called 'high finance.'"
  - Doc (Willie Nelson) to Blackie (Kris Kristofferson)
"The only reason I drink is so people don't think I'm a dope fiend."
  - Blackie to Dino (Rip Torn)
"Do you suppose a man has to be a miserable son of a bitch all the time, just to write a good song now and then'"
  - Blackie to Doc

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 5


User Ratings: 126
Rating: 3.5/4 -- 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. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 24, 2004
Rating: 4/5 -- Two of the best songwriters of all time doing what they do best.
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Apr 22, 2005
Rating: C+ -- Original, if flawed film
Jul 3, 2005
Rating: B -- If you're fans of country music and especially of Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, you should love this free-wheeling road film. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Dec 8, 2009
...[Nelson and Kristofferson] declare war on the music business with SONGWRITER, and they very nearly win....Establishes the maverick directorial touch of [Rudolph]...
New York Times
Jun 28, 1985
...A good natured film....Rip Torn does another superior job in a supporting role...
Oct 17, 1984

Product Description:

This winning, amiable film stars Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson as longtime friends and stars of the Nashville music scene. When producer-songwriter Doc (Nelson) finds himself trapped in an exclusive contract with shifty exec Rodeo Rocky (Richard C. Sarafian), he comes up with a clever plan to break free, recruiting old pal Blackie Buck (Kristofferson) and an insecure, alcoholic torch singer named Gilda (Leslie Ann Warren) to help him.

Directed by Alan Rudolph, this is a real charmer of a film, featuring the perfectly cast team of Nelson and Kristofferson. The two share a great rapport and together wrote most of the film's songs, beauties all. Add Rip Torn as Gilda's unscrupulous manager and the film is a veritable Mount Rushmore of great craggy American faces. As a celebration of the joy, sorrow, and craft of songwriting, this warmhearted, funny film is a dusty gem that still sparkles.

Plot Synopsis:

SONGWRITER is an amusing look at the country-western music business from the point of view of a popular singer-songwriter who splits up with his best friend and partner, as well as his wife, and gets himself involved with an unsavory manager who tries to steal his work.


Production Notes:

  • Filmed in Nashville, Tennessee, and Austin, Texas.
  • The film is in memory of Warner "Woody" Dalton.
Mill Creek Entertainment

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 34,644
  • UPC: 683904633521
  • Shipping Weight: 0.17/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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