Songwriter is a good-natured film that rolls along on the strength of attitudes and poses long ago established outside the picture by its stars, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, basically playing themselves disguised as fictional characters.
Brief opening collage establishes the younger days of Doc Jenkins (Nelson) and Blackie Buck (Kristofferson) as a performing duo before they go their semi-separate ways and revert to character.
Doc Jenkins is the saint of country music, loved and respected by everyone. Luckily Nelson has enough of a screen presence to support his defication. As Blackie Buck, Kristofferson is still the outlaw with a heart of gold, but who will probably never grow up and settle down.
Director Alan Rudolph, who took over for Steve Rash two weeks into the filming, is best at working with actors, and Lesley Ann Warren, in particular, is radiant as an up-and-coming, but reluctant country & western singer.
1984: Nomination: Best Original Song Score