Norwood (film)

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Directed by Jack Haley Jr.
Produced by Hal Wallis
Written by Marguerite Roberts
Based on Norwood
by Charles Portis
Starring Glen Campbell
Kim Darby
Joe Namath
Carol Lynley
Pat Hingle
Tisha Sterling
Dom DeLuise
Jack Haley
Cass Daley
Music by Mac Davis, Al DeLory, Mitchell Torok, Ramona Redd
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • May 21, 1970 (1970-05-21)(Dallas, TX) [1]
Running time
96 min.
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,750,000 (US/ Canada rentals) [2]

Norwood is a 1970 American comedy film that reunites True Grit co-stars Glen Campbell and Kim Darby, also featuring Joe Namath. It was based on the novel of the same title, written by Charles Portis (who also wrote True Grit ), but updated from the original 1950s setting to 1970.


The film marked the penultimate screen appearance of actor Jack Haley, the father of the director Jack Haley Jr.


Norwood Pratt has just finished his enlistment in the United States Marine Corps and is on his way home from Vietnam. A musician, his one great ambition is to appear on the radio program Louisiana Hayride .

Along the way, Norwood meets a variety of characters, including Grady Fling, a flim-flam man; Yvonne Phillips, a hooker; Marie, a jaded would-be starlet; and his Marine buddy Joe William Reese.

However, the most important person that he meets is Rita Lee Chipman, the "right kind of girl," who is unfortunately an unwed soon-to-be mother at a time when this was uncommon and somewhat shameful. She supports him and is there when Norwood finally reaches the KWKH studio as his dream comes true.



Norwood opened May 21, 1970 in Dallas, Texas before opening in 450 theaters on May 27. [1] [3]


Howard Thompson of The New York Times wrote that "the picture is a showcase for the guitar-playing Campbell. And it is an entirely shapeless affair that simply bumps him around the country. A pity, too, for he is a pleasant, natural actor — 'True Grit' proved that — and he sings a clutch of guitar ballads easily and winningly." [4] Variety called it "little more than perpetuation of the Elvis Presley format for Glen Campbell, complete with a parade of pretty faces and uninspired countryish rhythm by Presley tunesmith Mac Davis." [5] Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave the film 1 star out of 4 and described its humor as "hokey, but harmless." [6] Charles Champlin of the Los Angeles Times called it "an amiable, easygoing, often quite funny piece of entertainment." [7] Richard Combs of The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote, "At its best, Marguerite Roberts' screenplay provides some amiable regional comedy; at its worst, when tidying up the novel's loose ends (complete to Norwood's final appearance on country and western radio), it suggests how the material of Midnight Cowboy might have looked if turned into a vehicle for Elvis Presley." [8]

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