Directed by Eagle Pennell • 1983 • United States
Starring Sonny Carl Davis, Lou Perryman, Steven Mattila
On the day before its demolition, a colorful assortment of barflies, local oddballs, and urban cowboys assemble at the titular Houston honky-tonk for one last round. Among them is local legend Cowboy (Sonn Carl Davis) who mounts a last-ditch stand to save the beloved watering hole. Shot in gloriously grainy, 16 mm black and white and scripted with an uncanny ear for the profanity-laced poetry of dive-bar talk by Kim Henkel (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE), this boozy, bittersweet ode to a vanishing way of life from Texan auteur Eagle Pennell is one of the finest examples of 1980s microbudget regional filmmaking.
Please be advised: this film contains offensive racist slurs.