Back Roads (1981)

R  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Romance  |  13 March 1981 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elmore Pratt
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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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Running from the past, and backing into love.


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Arka yol  »

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Sally Field received top billing for this movie, Tommy Lee Jones received second billing. See more »


Mason: When was your last fight?
Elmore Pratt: I ain't had it yet!
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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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26 May 2004 | by (tampa,florida) – See all my reviews

This movie was an upside down love story of two people who were unlikely to end up together. It was great to watch because you know what's going to happen in the end, but you want to see how they get there. The one problem I had with this movie was Sally Field playing a prostitute. It just didn't seem believable to me. Sally Field looks to innocent and sweet to play a character like this. Tommy Lee Jones, on the other hand is just great. He plays the part of a drifter that moves from town to town and does almost everything to survive, but also maintains a good heart towards this woman(Sally Field)that wants nothing to do with him. If you are going to watch it, watch it for Tommy Lee Jones. One other thing, they should of chosen more than just one song for the movie. The theme song plays about 3 or 4 times throughout the movie. This is one movie that I would love to see remade. It's a timeless movie.

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