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See Red Headed Stranger Movie, Meet Willie Nelson in Luck, Texas (July 6, 2019)

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

www.AustinChronicle.com
by: Reid Jowers

The Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow and Luck Productions announced they are teaming up to host a screening of Willie Nelson’s Western Red Headed Stranger on Saturday, July 6.

The screening will take place in Luck, Texas (1100 Bee Creek Rd, Spicewood), aka “Willieville,” the town built in 1983 specifically for the movie. Luck sits proudly on the grounds of Willie’s ranch and rarely hosts events outside of the Luck Reunion that happens every year as counter-programming to SXSW.

Red Headed Stranger follows the story of Willie’s 1975 album of the same name, where Nelson plays the role of a preacher seeking revenge on a man for taking off with his wife played by Morgan Fairchild. The Austin Genre Film Archive remastered the movie digitally for the first time after two decades of the original print being lost.

After the screening, fans will get the chance to meet Willie and other key players of the movie for a Q&A. Memorabilia from the the movie will also be on display courtesy of the Wittliff Collections. The writer/directer of Red Headed Stranger, Bill Wittliff (who founded the collections with his wife, Sally), recently passed away.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, June 20. General admission costs $100, or all-inclusive tickets for $350 include a pre-screening dinner hosted by the Austin Food and Wine Alliance and cooked by Dai Due chef Jesse Griffiths. That meal will be capped at 50 people, so Willie superfans only need apply.


See Willie Nelson in “Red Headed Stranger” on original movie set in Luck, Texas (Saturday, July 6, 2019)

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Luck Cinema presents Willie Nelson in Red Headed Stranger on original movie set in Luck, Texas (Saturday, July 6, 2019)

Rolling Roadshow and Luck Productions are joining forces to present Luck Cinema, a film screening series in Luck, TX.

This summer Luck Cinema will make its mark with an unforgettable kickoff event: a starlit screening of the Red Headed Stranger held on the original film set, featuring an in-person Q&A with the movie’s star, Willie Nelson and special guests from the film.

The event will take place on Saturday, July 6 at Nelson’s Luck, TX ranch just outside of Austin.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, June 20 at 10:00 AM.

Guests will be treated to the first-ever digital presentation of the recently resurfaced classic western, showcased on Rolling Roadshow’s projector screen situated in the middle of the Luck, TX property where the movie was filmed.

Prior to the screening, Austin Food & Wine Alliance will host an intimate, 50-person dinner prepared by award-winning chef Jesse Griffiths of Austin’s celebrated Dai Due restaurant, a heralded culinary figure and the recipient of the 2018 Austin Food & Wine grant in participation with Luck Reunion.

Following a painstaking search for the original film, nearly 20 years after its last official screening, Luck Productions and Rolling Roadshow found the original tape, bringing in American Genre Film Archive to digitize the Red Headed Stranger for the film’s first showing in digital form.

The theme of the Luck Cinema launch event is fitting as Red Headed Stranger is Luck, TX’s raison d’etre. Luck was built in 1986 as the set for the film and, when the script called for the town to burn down, Nelson–the Red Headed Stranger himself–requested a change in the storyline, simply to preserve the old western town he calls his own to this day.

Based on Nelson’s 1975 concept album of the same name, Red Headed Stranger the film tells the story of a scorned preacher seeking revenge on his wife and the man she left him for. Having successfully shopped the film version to Universal Studios in 1979, Nelson and the late Bill Wittliff–the movie’s screenwriter and director–were later turned down when the studio’s perspective star, Robert Redford, rejected the offer.

Wittliff and Nelson then set out to fund the film on their own; casting Willie as the Red Headed Stranger and employing a team of friends and family to make the film happen.

The Luck Cinema screening event will bring the “Stranger” himself back to the set to discuss the untold stories behind the movie, and its set which he now calls home. 

Outside of the popular annual Luck Reunion festival, the first Luck Cinema event provides the unique opportunity to experience Nelson’s “Luck, TX” property firsthand. In addition to the screening itself, fans will be able to view exclusive memorabilia provided by the Wittliff Collections–founded by Bill Wittliff and his wife, Sally.

Archival items from Wittliff’s collection will be exhibited throughout the site; providing a deeper understanding of the unique history of the film, the story of the characters involved, and a look back at the beginnings of what “Luck, TX” is today.

The team is also partnering with the Texas Film Commission who will be onsite discussing the film itself in addition to speaking about Texas’ film industry. Tickets for the Red Headed Stranger screening will be available for $100. All-inclusive tickets including access to both the Austin Food & Wine dinner and film are available for $350.

All tickets go on sale Thursday, June 20 at 10:00 AM at www.amplitix.com/luck.



On February 19, 1987, Willie Nelson’s movie, the “Red Headed Stranger” premieres in Austin, Texas. Among those attending: Morgan Fairchild, Floyd Tillman and coach Darrell Royal.

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Willie Nelson was asked about the violence in the movie, and about his character killing two women:

“If you like the song, the violence is there,” he says. “You can’t take out violence anymore than you can take evil out of books. It’s all part of life.” Adds Nelson, “This movie covers a lot of territory — from spiritualism to lust — and takes a man all the way to the bottom and back to the top. It does it to a preacher — which is a little bit unusual.”

Life Magazine August 1987 article by: Cheryl McCall

Making a movie of Red Headed Stranger, his 1975 chart-topping country album, was a powerful obsession that wouldn’t let go. From the beginning, its story of love and violence in the Old West was unfolding as a movie in his mind, says Willie Nelson.

He dreamed of portraying the preacher-turned-killer on-screen. Universal Studios optioned Red Headed Stranger but eventually let it slip into “turnaround” — Hollywood limbo. So Nelson acquired the rights and spent the next five years shopping for financing. With fellow Texan Bill Wittliff – screenwriter and co producer of Country, Raggedy Man and Barbarossa — Nelson plunged into the risky business of doing their own producing.

Despite the pleading of his wife, Connie, Nelson stubbornly mortgaged property to raise $1 million for the 1879-style wardrobe, props and three Western sets. Friends and neighbors pitched in. Towns were built on land adjoining his private golf course outside Austin, turning the place into a studio back lot. Wittliff virtually ignored his book publishing business, Encino Press, to take on the chore of writing, co-producing and directing. Together, Wittliff and Nelson assembled a crew and pruned more than $11 million from Universal’s original $13.5 million budget.

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Willie Nelson sprays on a little water as he and Morgan Farichild head west. Says the TV acress, “My character just doesn’t have the pioneer spirit.”

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As preacher Julian Shay, Willie Nelson sobers up a besotted sheriff, played by R. G. Armstrong in a scene that both enjoyed in the scorching Texas heat.

They signed a native Texas, Morgan Fairchild, to play the preacher’s faithless wife and Katharine Ross (star of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), 43, as his salvation. The actresses agreed to defer half of their fees. As the cameras rolled, LIFE went on location with Red Headed Stranger.

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“If Willie Nelson is going to kill a woman, anyone in America would forgive him for killing Morgan Fairchild in this movie,” — Morgan Fairchild

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“In a funny kind of way, I just simply stepped into Willie’s dream,” says director Bill Wittliff. “It’s become an obsession for me, too. I couldn’t walk away from it.” The writer fleshed out the record album’s story of stern frontier morality with a script that explores the theme of love lost and regained against a backdrop of sin and redemption. The preacher saves a derelict town from spiritual squalor but pays a terrible price — everything he cherishes in life. By the time his rage is spent, a dozen people are dead. Nelson says he’s not the least contrite about killing two women in this film. Stranger” premieres in Austin, Texas. Among those attending: Morgan Fairchild, Floyd Tillman and coach Darrell Royal.

 

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“If you like the song, the violence is there,” he says. “You can’t take out violence anymore than you can take evil out of books. It’s all part of life.” Adds Nelson, “This movie covers a lot of territory — from spiritualism to lust — and takes a man all the way to the bottom and back to the top. It does it to a preacher — which is a little bit unusual.”

Also unorthodox is the casting of Nelson’s grandson, his band’s drummer, the bass player and a bodyguard in speaking roles. Says Wittliff, “It’s really a homegrown deal. We pulled people off the sidewalk, from restaurants, stores or wherever we spotted them for this.” His Encino Press assistant, Connie Todd, put aside her publishing duties to audition more than 350 local folks. “When we found someone with a spark, we’d work with him or her for several hours,” says Wittliff. The creative gamble has paid off with lively performances from an Austin security guard, a waitress and a computer programmer.

It’s a measure of the loyalty Nelson inspires that his cast and crew are willing to endure 14-hour days on a location as hot and fly-ridden as Calcutta. What’s more, they are remarkably cheerful about it. Explains bit player Bo Franks, a cohort and gun collector, “I’m doing this for free. Everybody is here because they want to be part of Willie’s dream. We’re busting our butts because we wouldn’t think of letting him down.” From the Austin hatter who made and donated dozens of period hats to the realtor who lent a 19th century water drilling rig, friends contributed what they could. img029

Says his daughter Lana, ‘Daddy has set such a good example for everyone that you don’t want to be the one to goof it up.”

As the end of the shooting approaches, day drags into night and exhaustion and tension mount. Mistakes are made, lines misbelieved, and the horses — spooked by gunfire — are edgy.

The only uncooperative member of the cast during the whole 39 days of shooting was a balky pony. “Willie, we got a problem here,” crackled a walkie-talkie. “The horse wants to know what his motivation is for pulling the plow.”

Nelson drinks cups of coffee and cracks jokes. Scenes are repeated until all the angles have been filmed. At 5:30 a.m., they break. Twelve hours later, after filming the preacher and the wife traveling west in a covered wagon, Wittliff and Nelson say the magic words, “That’s a wrap!”

The film opens next month, with Willie Nelson singing Red-Headed Stranger songs throughout his movie.

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Willie Nelson and Amy Irving

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

Celebrate Willie Nelson’s birthday and give yourself a present, “Waiting for the Miracle to Come” movie releases on 4/30/2019

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

Oh it’s been way too long since we got to see Willie Nelson in a new movie, right? Well the wait is (almost) over!

Tuesday, April 30th is Willie Nelson’s 86th birthday but we fans are the ones getting a gift — “Waiting for the Miracle to Come” starring Willie Nelson, Charlotte Rampling, and Sophie Lowe is being released and available for purchase and your enjoyment on his birthday.

For information on pre-ordering and ordering:
www.WaitingForTheMiracletoCome.com

This movie was written by Lian Lunson, especially for Willie Nelson, and you can feel the love and respect that she has for him in this movie that features Willie Nelson like you haven’t see him before. She said she wrote her script especially for Nelson, because “his presence and stillness as an actor is unlike anyone else’s. And growing up, I always wanted to be Charlotte Rampling, So bringing these two icons together on screen is a dream come true for me.”

It’s always exciting when Willie Nelson first comes on the screen, and it’s no different with this movie, “Yay it’s Willie!” But so soon you forget it’s Willie and get caught up in the plot of the movie and the and the mystery and the beauty. Willie’s a great actor and it’s wonderful to see him in a role where you get to enjoy his talent.

“Waiting for the Miracle to Come a gorgeous, evocative, and meditative film about faith, love, and fulfillment in spite of loss.

Set in a magical and timeless world reminiscent of an old photograph, Waiting for the Miracle to Come is the story of how Adeline Winter (Lowe), a trapeze artist grieving the death of her father embarks on a journey to find “the Beautiful Place” in Ransom, California.

The Beautiful Place Museum, owned and run by Dixie and Jimmy Riggs (Rampling and Nelson). The Riggs have waited for decades at The Beautiful Place, hoping that the daughter they gave up for adoption would come looking for them.

Both Nelson and Rampling capture the heartache of loss and the daring of hope while Lowe’s quietly powerful performance pulls viewers along on her pilgrimage.




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This is such a beautiful movie, the setting, the acting, the costumes, the old cars. And best of all, the movie is filmed in Luck, the western town Willie Nelson had built on his ranch near Austin. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to visit Luck or if you’ve ever wanted to go there, you will especially love this movie. Luck plays a big part, as the mythical town of Ransom, California.

The church is featured prominantly Willie’s character goes there to pray and ask for guidance. The barn has been re-purposed into an old fashioned dance hall and we get to watch Charlotte Rampling perform on the stage. The world headquarters, the water tower, the wooden sidewalk. Even the rescued horses that have found sanctuary on Willie Nelson ranch are featured in the movie. The beautiful rolling hill country of Texas are featured so beautifully in the movie.

Charlotte Rampling and Willie play musicians in the movie, and we get to see Charlotte perform in the dance hall/barn. We don’t get to see Willie perform in the movie, but he does give young Sophie Lowe a copy of a cassette with a recording of his songs, the only one he has, he says. We never get to hear the tape, though, but this movie isn’t about Willie Nelson the country singer, it’s a sweet story about regret and sadness and hope and kindness and love, lots of love.

We’re not disappointed musically, though. The film features an original song written by Bono and performed by Willie Nelson. Bono, also a producer of the show, sings some backup vocals on the song. It’s beautiful, but doesn’t come ’til the credits role. Lots of beautiful contributions from Mickey Raphael on harmonicas, too.

Waiting for the Miracle to Come is about connections—what they mean, what they feel like,” Lunson says. “It is styled in otherworldliness to bring the supernatural element closer.” Audiences will find themselves transported into this dreamlike world, discovering “gold” in hidden places throughout.

Waiting for the Miracle to Come is available on April 30th for purchase on DVD and digital platforms internationally through Spotlight Pictures. It’s Willie Nelson’s birthday. Celebrate and treat yourself to this movie.

www.WaitingforaMiracletoCome.com

“Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind” (April 9, 1991)

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

On April 9, 1, Willie Nel992son and Kris Kristofferson star in CBS-TV’s “Another Pair Of Aces: Three Of A Kind”.

December 14, 1990

“Aces” Sequel Draws Nelson, Kristofferson

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson — the stars of CBS TV’s ‘A Pair of

Aces’ will return to Austin, early next month for a sequel and the producers are seeking numerous extras for the filming.

A variety of ages and types are needed for several scenes in the movie, including a courtroom and press conference, and scenes at a political fundraiser garden party in which extras will need to be well-dressed, according to Helen Griffiths of Third Coast Casting.

Clean shaven men in thier 40?s are being sought to pay Texas Rangersm as well, she said. Extras are p;aid $40 a day and they could be needed on the set for several days.

A casting call for extras is scheduled Wednesday, December 19th from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Sabine Room of the Stouffer Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd. Griffiths said applicants should bring a recent photograph of themselves.

The movie will be called, ‘Another Pair of Aces’ and will begin production at various locations in Austin, and Pflugerville on January 7, according to Griffiths. It will be directed by Bill Bixby, who has appeared in several movies in addition to television work in ‘My Favorite Martian,’ ‘The Courtship of Eddie’s Father’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk.’

Nelson plays Billy Ray Barker, a con man and Texas Ranger Rip Metcalf is portrayed by Kris Kristofferson. Rip Torn stars as retired Ranger Jack Parsons.

‘A Pair of Aces,’ which aired last January to excellent ratings, was written by Austinites Bud Shrake and Gary Cartwright, who are executive co-producers for the sequel.

“Waiting for the Miracle to Come”

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

“Waiting for the Miracle to Come”

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

Willie Nelson in “Waiting for the Miracle to Come” DVD release on April 29th

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

Spotlight Pictures is set to release Lian Lunson’s much awaited film, Waiting for the Miracle to Come, to international markets. Starring Willie Nelson, Charlotte Rampling, and Sophie Lowe, Waiting for the Miracle to Come a gorgeous, evocative, and meditative film about faith, love, and fulfillment in spite of loss.

Set in a magical and timeless world reminiscent of an old photograph, Waiting for the Miracle to Come is the story of how Adeline Winter (Lowe), a trapeze artist grieving the death of her father embarks on a journey to find “the Beautiful Place” in Ransom, California. The Beautiful Place Museum, owned and run by Dixie and Jimmy Riggs (Rampling and Nelson). The Riggs have waited for decades at The Beautiful Place, hoping that the daughter they gave up for adoption would come looking for them. Both Nelson and Rampling capture the heartache of loss and the daring of hope while Lowe’s quietly powerful performance pulls viewers along on her pilgrimage.

Waiting for the Miracle to Come was written by Lian Lunson, especially for Willie Nelson. Her long time mentor, Filmmaker Wim Wenders, is an executive producer on the film.

Waiting for the Miracle to Come is about connections—what they mean, what they feel like,” Lunson says. “It is styled in otherworldliness to bring the supernatural element closer.” Audiences will find themselves transported into this dreamlike world, discovering “gold” in hidden places throughout.

The film features an original song performed by Willie Nelson and written by Bono, who is also an executive producer. Waiting for the Miracle to Come is available for purchase on DVD and digital platforms internationally through Spotlight Pictures.

Enter to win DVD of Willie Nelson in, “Waiting For a Miracle to Come”

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Enter to Win a Free DVD!

Three lucky winners will be the first to receive our beautiful Collectors’ Edition Blueray DVD. To enter to win, sign up for our email list below! The winners will be announced on Willie’s Birthday, April 29th.

“Waiting for the Miracle To Come”

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Willie Nelson in “Stagecoach”

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

'Stagecoach' (1986)

Courtesy: Everett Collection

This remake of the John Wayne classic was released in May 1986, exactly one year after the Highwaymen’s debut album hit shelves, and it more or less functions as a Western-themed commercial for the chemistry between Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. They’re not the only country stars here, though. With additional cameos by June Carter, Jessi Colter and David Allan Coe, Stagecoach cracks its whip by focusing on country star power, not necessarily acting ability.

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On May 18, 1986, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings appear in a CBS-TV remake of the western movie “Stagecoach,” along with June Carter, John Schneider, John Carter Cash, Jessi Colter, David Allan Coe and Billy Swan.

This movie stars Willie Nelson, and his Highwaymen buddies, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings. Great soundtrack, lots of Trigger playing throughout. Willie sings the title song, which he wrote with David Alan Coe, who also is in the movie, along with June Carter and other faces you will recognize.

Willie Nelson plays Doc Holiday. The movie has some great movie lines:

Willie: “Is that the deck you play with?”

Waylon: “One of them.”

Willie: “May I see it, please? I must say, I admire your guts.”

Waylon: “Does that mean you wouldn’t play cards with me?”

Willie: “That means I’d shoot you on sight.”

Kris: Where ya headed?

Dallas: “I knew the answer to that when I was about 14. Then I hit 15 and I ran head onto that thing called reality. And I been walking with a lantern ever since.”

Waylon: “Don’t light that.”

Willie: “Did you say something?”

Waylon: “A gentleman doesn’t smoke in the presence of a lady”

Willie: “I wouldn’t like to think that you are implying that I am anything less. I may be, you understand, but I just wouldn’t want to hear you say it.”

Willie: “And what are you looking at, friend?”

Man: “That’s a filthy habit, smoking, just filthy.”

Willie: “I have a lot of filthy habits. Most of them I find very enjoyable”

Man: “Don’t you have any good habits.”

Willie: “You mean something that can be admired, and held up to a child as a good example?”

Man: “Yes, something like that.”

Willie: “No sir. Children despise that. There’s nothing a child despises more than a good example.”

 

June Carter to Willie (when he drinks a shot of whiskey): “Did you eat?”

Willie: “I ate a lot when I was young.”

Concert Celebrating John Lennon’s 75th Birthday available

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

This day in Willie Nelson history: “The Big Bounce” released (January 30, 2004)

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

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On January 30, 2004, the movie “The Big Bounce”, opened.

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Thank you, Mark, from Willie Nelson’s Museum and General Store, (www.WillieNelsonMuseum.com), for finding this gem, a still from the movie, “The Big Bounce” released in 2004, also starring Owen Wilson, Gary Sinese, Morgan Freeman, Charlie Sheen, Bebe Neuwirth, Harry Dean Stanton, Gregory Sporleder, Steve Jones, Director: George Armitage

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Surfer Dude on DVD December 30, 2008

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

Surfer Dude,  the movie starring Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson, will be released on DVD and on Blu-ray Disc on December 30.

Extras features will include a commentary track, behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes and webisodes, whatever those are.

Surfer Dude on Blu-ray will carry a suggested retail price of $34.98.



Willie Nelson in “Angels Sing”

Monday, December 24th, 2018

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Already a holiday movie favorite!

Angels Sing starring Harry Connick, Jr., Willie Nelson and Connie Britton available in stores December 2. (CNW Group/Entertainment One)

“Angels Sing”, starring Harry Connick, Jr., Willie Nelson and Connie Britton now available on DVD.