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Honky Tonk Freeway (1981) Movie Trailer - Beau Bridges, Beverly D
Honky Tonk Freeway (1981) Movie Trailer - Beau Bridges, Beverly D'Angelo & David Rasche
Published: 2015/02/21
Channel: Mr80sMovies
Russell Smith - Honky Tonk Freeway
Russell Smith - Honky Tonk Freeway
Published: 2017/07/08
Channel: the winner
Honky Tonk Freeway - Trailer
Honky Tonk Freeway - Trailer
Published: 2014/01/22
Channel: LionsgateVOD
Honky Tonk Freeway 1981 TV trailer
Honky Tonk Freeway 1981 TV trailer
Published: 2017/04/28
Channel: robatsea2009
HONKY TONK FREEWAY (1981)  "BROOKS AND DUNN"
HONKY TONK FREEWAY (1981) "BROOKS AND DUNN"
Published: 2010/11/19
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Honky Tonk Freeway -- Review #JPMN
Honky Tonk Freeway -- Review #JPMN
Published: 2012/03/03
Channel: MovieNight
"Honky Tonk Freeway": Out on DVD 11/08/2014
"Honky Tonk Freeway": Out on DVD 11/08/2014
Published: 2014/07/21
Channel: Network Distributing
Honky Tonk Freeway
Honky Tonk Freeway
Published: 2014/01/22
Channel: LionsgateVOD
Honky Tonk Freeway Bathroom Scene
Honky Tonk Freeway Bathroom Scene
Published: 2016/12/26
Channel: shepdec
Honky Tonk Freeway Fu1l m0v!3
Honky Tonk Freeway Fu1l m0v!3
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: Johnnie Jacobs
Trucking Song   Honky Tonk Highway
Trucking Song Honky Tonk Highway
Published: 2016/07/31
Channel: Kingsley Foreman
lets keep going. Honky Tonk Highway, Nashville. 2014
lets keep going. Honky Tonk Highway, Nashville. 2014
Published: 2015/02/21
Channel: Ellyan S
Jeffrey Combs in "Honky Tonk Freeway" (1981)
Jeffrey Combs in "Honky Tonk Freeway" (1981)
Published: 2014/01/02
Channel: Rachel Servo
EMI (1981)
EMI (1981)
Published: 2012/05/25
Channel: Logo Archive
Honky Tonk Highway - Brucemore
Honky Tonk Highway - Brucemore
Published: 2014/07/27
Channel: Robert Lindsey-Nassif
Honky Tonk Highway song
Honky Tonk Highway song
Published: 2014/09/27
Channel: Kingsley Foreman
HONKY TONK FREEWAY @ LADYWELL TAVERN 20-10-12
HONKY TONK FREEWAY @ LADYWELL TAVERN 20-10-12
Published: 2012/10/21
Channel: MISTERSOUTH
Rock and Roll Honky Tonk Ramblin
Rock and Roll Honky Tonk Ramblin' Man
Published: 2017/04/27
Channel: Bruce Robison - Topic
Amazing Race Car Crash!
Amazing Race Car Crash!
Published: 2010/01/14
Channel: Jogwheel
Honky Tonk Music (Live At The Dance Hall, Luckenbach, TX/1977)
Honky Tonk Music (Live At The Dance Hall, Luckenbach, TX/1977)
Published: 2015/07/02
Channel: Jerry Jeff Walker - Topic
Honky Tonk Man does Freelove Freeway
Honky Tonk Man does Freelove Freeway
Published: 2007/05/10
Channel: cwlcymru1
Honky-Tonky Highway - Regional
Honky-Tonky Highway - Regional
Published: 2014/07/27
Channel: Robert Lindsey-Nassif
JESSICA TANDY "BAD BREATH"
JESSICA TANDY "BAD BREATH"
Published: 2011/05/26
Channel: GOLDSTANDARD1427
Honky Tonk Highway
Honky Tonk Highway
Published: 2009/10/24
Channel: Mike Skiles
The Honkytonk Highway Preview
The Honkytonk Highway Preview
Published: 2009/03/27
Channel: Silvermountain2
Box Office Fails: Volume Three
Box Office Fails: Volume Three
Published: 2016/07/26
Channel: OcpCommunications
EMI (1981)
EMI (1981)
Published: 2017/02/18
Channel: LogicSmash
Ernest Ranglin & Jump With Joey - Honky tonk parts 1 & 2
Ernest Ranglin & Jump With Joey - Honky tonk parts 1 & 2
Published: 2011/08/27
Channel: Jyo Ska
Wallystock 2010 Video of Highway 4
Wallystock 2010 Video of Highway 4's Honky Tonk Woman
Published: 2010/09/03
Channel: sassy65pie
"The Kinman
"The Kinman's" Come On & Do The Honky Tonk"
Published: 2011/03/06
Channel: 7tingle
Made for TV Monday — DEATH CAR ON THE FREEWAY (Trailer)
Made for TV Monday — DEATH CAR ON THE FREEWAY (Trailer)
Published: 2013/09/28
Channel: MondoVideoFreaks
Honky Tonk Highway Blue Moon
Honky Tonk Highway Blue Moon
Published: 2009/10/24
Channel: Mike Skiles
Good Ol
Good Ol' Honky Tonk Song
Published: 2015/02/21
Channel: Various Artists - Topic
Honky Tonk Dave - May Take All Night Long
Honky Tonk Dave - May Take All Night Long
Published: 2016/04/29
Channel: When The Cowboy Sings
HONKY TONK TOWNS - FULL LENGTH LYRIC VIDEO by David Harbaugh
HONKY TONK TOWNS - FULL LENGTH LYRIC VIDEO by David Harbaugh
Published: 2015/07/28
Channel: David Harbaugh
Honky Tonk Parade
Honky Tonk Parade
Published: 2015/04/04
Channel: Coral Lee & the Silver Scream - Topic
Honky Tonk Music - Jerry Jeff Walker
Honky Tonk Music - Jerry Jeff Walker
Published: 2010/02/15
Channel: WhatchaNeed23
"Crazy" (Honky Tonk Highway)
"Crazy" (Honky Tonk Highway)
Published: 2009/11/18
Channel: ivylimeDesigns
Honky Tonk Outlaw Band DEMO
Honky Tonk Outlaw Band DEMO
Published: 2013/02/09
Channel: chris k
Freeway
Freeway
Published: 2008/10/09
Channel: CitrusCrow
ERNEST RANGLIN - Honky tonk
ERNEST RANGLIN - Honky tonk
Published: 2015/03/18
Channel: La Disquería Reggae
Death car on the Freeway (1979) - Trailer
Death car on the Freeway (1979) - Trailer
Published: 2013/03/07
Channel: VHSkanal1
Guitar lesson for "Freeway Time in LA County Jail" by Sublime (acoustic)
Guitar lesson for "Freeway Time in LA County Jail" by Sublime (acoustic)
Published: 2016/10/21
Channel: Songnotes
Engenium 13 02 2016 Honky Tonk
Engenium 13 02 2016 Honky Tonk
Published: 2017/03/28
Channel: Дмитрий Ропотов
I moved into a honky tonk - Texas 45
I moved into a honky tonk - Texas 45
Published: 2016/11/01
Channel: Andy Hipp
ERNEST RANGLIN - Ranglypso (1976 Full Album)
ERNEST RANGLIN - Ranglypso (1976 Full Album)
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: La Disquería Reggae
Bill & Bonnie Hearne, Christmas In A Honky Tonk (New Year
Bill & Bonnie Hearne, Christmas In A Honky Tonk (New Year's Drunk In Jail)
Published: 2016/12/10
Channel: Randy's Rodeo
Honky Tonk Song
Honky Tonk Song
Published: 2015/02/21
Channel: Montana Rose - Topic
Buddy Flett, Blues In A Honky Tonk Key
Buddy Flett, Blues In A Honky Tonk Key
Published: 2014/12/23
Channel: Robin Huskey
NIGHT TALK with JoeRoxx
NIGHT TALK with JoeRoxx
Published: 2015/09/12
Channel: Joseph Savino
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Honky Tonk Freeway
Honky Tonk Freeway.jpg
UK DVD Cover
Directed by John Schlesinger
Produced by Don Boyd
Hawk Koch
Written by Edward Clinton
Starring Beverly D'Angelo
Hume Cronyn
Jessica Tandy
Teri Garr
Beau Bridges
Daniel Stern
Geraldine Page
Music by Elmer Bernstein
George Martin
Cinematography John Bailey
Production
company
EMI Films
Honky Tonk Freeway Company
Kendon Films
Distributed by Associated Film Distribution
Release date
21 August 1981
Running time
108 min.
Country United Kingdom[1]
Language English
Budget $24 million
Box office $2,004,742

Honky Tonk Freeway is a 1981 comedy film directed by John Schlesinger. The film, conceived and co-produced by Don Boyd, was one of the most expensive box office flops in history, losing its British backers Thorn-EMI an estimated $11,000,000 and profoundly affecting its fortunes and aspirations.[1][2] The film was financed in part by accountant Roy Tucker's tax avoidance schemes funded by the Rossminster banking group.[1][3]

Plot[edit]

In a small Florida tourist town named Ticlaw, the Mayor/Preacher Kirby T. Calo (William Devane) also operates a hotel and tiny wildlife safari park. The town's major draw is a water-skiing elephant named Bubbles.

When the state highway commission builds a freeway adjacent to the town, Calo slips an official $10,000 to assure an off ramp. The ramp doesn't come, so the townsfolk literally paint the town pink to attract visitors.

Meanwhile, tourists from various parts of the United States, shown in a series of concurrent, ongoing vignettes, are heading to Florida and will all end up in Ticlaw, one way or another. They include a pair of bank robbers from New York (George Dzundza, Joe Grifasi) who pick up a cocaine-dealing hitchhiker (Daniel Stern); a Chicago copy machine repairman (Beau Bridges), who picks up a waitress (Beverly D'Angelo), who is carrying her deceased mother's ashes to Florida; a dentist and his dysfunctonal family (Howard Hesseman, Teri Garr, Peter Billingsley, and Jenn Thompson), vacationing cross-country in their RV; an elderly woman (Jessica Tandy) with a drinking problem and her loving husband (Hume Cronyn), who are heading to Florida to retire; two nuns (mother superior Geraldine Page, novice nun Deborah Rush); and a wannabe country songwriter (Paul Jabara) hauling a playful rhino and other wild animals to Ticlaw.

Cast[edit]

Filming[edit]

This movie was filmed in the small central Florida town of Mount Dora.[4] The off-ramp filming took place at the I-75 and Palmer Road overpass in Sarasota. Most of the highway scenes take place on I-75 between Sarasota and Ft Myers while the highway was still under construction. Dynamite crews blew up a wooden bridge built to look like the southbound lane overpass at I-75 and Palmer Road before the Tampa to Miami leg of the highway was completed in 1981. Many portions of Fruitville were painted pink to match the sets in Mount Dora and remained pink for decades afterward. Palmer Road was never designated for an I-75 exit because it is not a main thoroughfare. The exit for Fruitville is about two miles north of the filming location.

Reception[edit]

The film received negative reviews: Famously, it was panned by Variety on release and pulled from theatres after just one week:[1][5]

The overriding question about EMI's Honky Tonk Freeway is why anyone should want to spend over $25m. on a film as devoid of any basic humorous appeal ... [Its] long-term commercial appeal appears to be almost nil.

Some have argued that the film can be viewed as a satire on the American way of life and this contributed to its unfavorable critical reception at the time.[6][7]

Nominations[edit]

The film was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song for the song "You're Crazy, But I Like You."

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Walker, Alexander (September 2005) [1985]. National Heroes: British Cinema in the 70's and 80's. Orion. ISBN 0-7528-5707-X. 
  2. ^ "Greatest Box-Office Bombs, Disasters and Film Flops". Filmsite.org. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Tutt, Nigel (1985). Tax Raiders: The Rossminster Affair. London: Financial Training Publications. ISBN 0-906322-76-6. 
  4. ^ Campbell, Ramsey (June 14, 1998). "Mount Dora Gets Good Reviews By Starring In Movies". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Variety". 19 August 1981. 
  6. ^ Maslin, Janet (21 August 1981). "HARSH VIEW OF AMERICA IN 'HONKY TONK FREEWAY'". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Henninger, Mari. "Honky Tonk Freeway: When Mount Dora "Went Hollywood". PULSE The Magazine of Mount Dora, Eustis and Tavares. Archived from the original on 25 August 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 

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