“Grammy-winner Willie Nelson is a country singer on the road caught in a romantic triangle with Academy Award-nominee Dyan Cannon (“Heaven Can Wait,” “Deathtrap”) and Amy Irving (“Yentl,” “Crossing Delancey”), the daughter of one of his longtime musical sidekick. Featuring Nelson’s original music, including the Oscar-nominated hit “On the Road Again,” and co-starring country-western stars Slim Pickens and Emmylou Harris. Other hits songs include “Whiskey River,” “Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground,” “You Show Me Yours (And I’ll Show You Mine),” “Bloody Mary Morning” and “Working Man Blues.”
From Warner Brothers
Take Dyan Cannon out of Honeysuckle Rose and I have absolutely no interest in this movie. And maybe that’s just because I’m not a fan of country music or rural culture in general, except of course for country girls and cowgirls. I do like them for obvious reasons. Dyan is an example of a woman who is so attractive and so much fun to look at and be around, that she can bring guys at least to the movie or to watch the movie all by herself. She’s so funny, so adorable, gorgeous at any age in her life and still baby-face adorable as well and sexy. Talking about a woman in Dyan Cannon her late seventies was still wearing skinny denim jeans in boots, as if she was half her age or stealing from her granddaughter’s wardrobe or something.
There are a few funny scenes in like early in the movie where it’s Willie Nelson’s first night back from his last road trip and they’re in the kitchen together with their son about to have desert and Dyan is about to serve whatever they’re eating and Willie takes some of it and rubs it on Dyan’s blouse and the kid starts laughing and Willie throws some of the stuff on him and then Dyan gets into the act and rubs whatever they’re supposed to be eating on both Willie and the kid and it turns into a food fight.
Another scene where Willie is just getting back and they’re checking each other out in their skin-tight jeans and saying things like those pants are really tight, but you fit so well into them. And they’re on the bed together as this is going on and start wrestling. Another scene where Dyan is doing sit-ups in their living room again in her skin-tight jeans and western boots. There cute funny moments like that, but a lot of this movie is really about Willie having an affair with the new female backup singer ( played by Amy Irving ) in his band a woman perhaps young enough to be Dyan’s daughter, but the new girl is not as attractive as his wife in the movie. Not as sexy, not as pretty, not as cute even, just 15-20 years younger than Dyan Cannon. Perhaps Willie has some other connection with her that wasn’t sexual.
There are moments like that which is just laid out that give the movie maybe 40 solid minutes of time. Along with Willie and Dyan singing together in the movie. They both have great voices and chemistry in the movie. But for the most part the only reasons why I’m watching it is to see Dyan Cannon in it. To observe and listen to her. All her adorable facial expressions and her Hollywood Hall of Fame laugh and great body.