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Back Roads (1981)

A prostitute and a drifter find themselves bound together as they make their way through the rural South, doing what they have to do to survive.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writer:

Gary DeVore
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Field ... Amy Post
Tommy Lee Jones ... Elmore Pratt
David Keith ... Mason
Miriam Colon ... Angel
Michael V. Gazzo ... Tazio (as Michael Gazzo)
Dan Shor ... Spivey
M. Emmet Walsh ... Arthur
Barbara Babcock ... Rickey's Mom
Nell Carter ... Waitress
Alex Colon ... Enrique
Lee de Broux ... Red
Ralph Seymour ... Gosler
Royce D. Applegate ... The Father (as Royce Applegate)
Bruce M. Fischer ... Ezra
John Dennis Johnston ... Gilly
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Storyline

A prostitute and a drifter find themselves bound together as they make their way through the rural South, doing what they have to do to survive.

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Taglines:

Running from the past and backing into love. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 March 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arka yol See more »

Filming Locations:

Brownsville, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,046,339, 15 March 1981

Gross USA:

$11,809,387
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The movie stars two Oscar (Academy Award) winners: Tommy Lee Jones for Best Supporting Actor for The Fugitive (1993) and Sally Field for Norma Rae (1979) and Places in the Heart (1984) - both for Best Actress. Both of these two lead cast members were both Oscar nominated later for supporting roles in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln (2012) but neither won an Academy Award for this later collaboration. See more »

Quotes

Amy Post: You think we can make it on our feet?
Elmore Pratt: Hell, yeah. We got four of them now.
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Soundtracks

Ask Me No Questions (I'll Tell You No Lies)
Written by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Sue Raney
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A Dismal Road
26 December 2006 | by angelsunchainedSee all my reviews

Overlooked early 1980s film. The movie is a depressing look at two seedy characters trying to make it through life. The acting is solid and both Fields and Jones look the part of someone living on the edges of society. Jones is a two-bit club boxer with a reputation for losing. He comes across in a less then positive light, yet down deep, there's a heart of gold. Fields as a street hustler looks beat-up in this film. He rarely cracks a smile, and it's one of here meaty roles. However, the film is a somewhat depressing look at life, at least from the standpoint of street people. It's a fairly entertaining movie and if you're a fan of either Sally Fields or Tommy Lee Jones, then Back Roads is a film to see.


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