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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

On Jan. 29, 2013, on an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) [See:_ "Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (2003) {(2013-01-29)}], Sally Field revealed that costar Tommy Lee Jones many years later had run into her at an event and apologized for their disputes during the making of this movie. They then later both appeared in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln (2012). See more »

Quotes

Mason: When was your last fight?
Elmore Pratt: I ain't had it yet!
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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 well acted, but ultimately empty, tale
7 March 2011 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Despite the presence of two Oscar-winning actors in its cast, "Back Roads" has been forgotten for the most part. Seeing it, it becomes clear why it hasn't built a cult. I won't say that it's a terrible movie - there are a few good things about it. It's nice for a change to see a major Hollywood studio movie that is fairly downbeat in nature. Also, the acting by both Jones and Field is pretty good - in fact, while watching the movie, I never thought I was watching two movie stars, but instead watching two characters. But their characters aren't that interesting. We don't learn much about them, and their frequent bickering becomes ultimately tiring. Also, when the movie ends, it ends at a point where it seems unfinished. It's like the director said, "We've got a 90 minute running time, so let's call it a day." Only worth watching if you want to see why the CBS network wasn't very successful in making theatrical movies.


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