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The Baron and the Kid (1984)

William "The Baron" Addington is a former pool pro whose lifetime of boozing has cost him his career and family. Determined to straighten out his life, he gave up drinking and now plays ... See full summary »


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Bill Stratton (teleplay), Paul Richey (based on the song by) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Johnny Cash ... The Baron / Will
Darren McGavin ... Jack Beamer
Greg Webb ... Billy Joe Standley
Tracy Pollan ... Mary Beth Phillips
June Carter Cash ... Dee Dee Stanley
Richard Roundtree ... Frosty
Claude Akins ... Harley Medford
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan Albright Dan Albright ... Barney
Harvey Andrews Harvey Andrews ... Railbird #1
Bill Ash Bill Ash ... Paunehy
Earl Poole Ball ... Dr. Pockett
Ron Baskin Ron Baskin ... Referee
Jere Beery Jere Beery ... Jim
Tracey Bise Tracey Bise ... Inga
Ned Bridges Ned Bridges ... Arnie


William "The Baron" Addington is a former pool pro whose lifetime of boozing has cost him his career and family. Determined to straighten out his life, he gave up drinking and now plays pool only for charity. Eventually, The Baron encounters Billy Joe "The Cajun Kid" Stanley - a brash young pool hustler with immense potential. Managed by Jack Streamer, The Kid travels from hall to hall, swindling opponents. After a series of chance revelations, The Baron discovers that The Kid is his son - a product of his long-ago relationship with Dee-Dee Stanley. But instead of revealing the true nature of their relationship, The Baron befriends the boy and acts as a positive role model for him by entering legitimate, high stakes pool tournaments. As father and son grow closer, Streamer starts to fear that he's losing his grip on The Kid and sets out to destroy The Baron by framing him for dirty pool in the biggest competition of his career. Written by Dimenate

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nothing to lose ... everything to win


Drama | Sport







Release Date:

21 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baronul si pustiul See more »

Filming Locations:

Cedartown, Georgia, USA

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Baron
by Paul Richey, Billy Sherrill and Jerry Taylor
Performed by Johnny Cash
Courtesy of CBS Records
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johnny cash (ex pool hustler), tries to unite with lost son he never knew he had
9 May 2006 | by masse_j2000See all my reviews

I found this to be a great movie. Being a huge pool fan I always find myself very upset with pool movies today. Not even a fan of the hustler, or color of money, which I did enjoy "The Baltimore Bullet" for it's fun.


This movie, though not being a big budget film and something actually from a Johnny Cash song (I'm not sure which come first the song or the movie). Is a really decent movie. It follows the lives of ex pool hustler played by Johnny Cash and a young pool hustler he finds out to be his son. It has a lot of drama that you could relate to Cash's real life, and has some of the most realistic pool games played out for a movie you will probably come by. The acting is decent and the writing is pretty much cookie cutter. But I give it an 8 for just being the best pool movie i've seen for realism on the pool table, and for the devotion the actors seemed to have for the part. They might not be the best, but at least they tried, and weren't there just trying to make more money than thou.

In a nut shell, if you're a Johnny Cash fan or a pool fan. Check this movie out, you won't be disappointed. Everyone else just expect a movie that isn't very good, and isn't very bad. Probably a forgettable movie for everyone else.

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