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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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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According to "TV Guide", this movie was an "attempt to recapture the mood of Frank Capra's films of the 1930s". "Allmovie" states that it was "reportedly Ritt's homage to Frank Capra's films of the 1930s." See more »

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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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Sally Field on the glory road
21 January 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

There's nothing more exciting than seeing a slick Hollywood player like Sally Field getting down-and-dirty like she does in "Back Roads". At one point, she and her two male pals (Tommy Lee Jones and David Keith) are at a county fair and have no money. No problem! Sally fixes her hair and says to the guys, "Don't wait up." She knows how to make money (with her body) and nonchalantly sets out to do it. She's proving nothing to no one--it's second-nature to her--and when Keith calls her a 'whore' she tells him, "A whore is a sixteen-year-old with a bad reputation. I...am...a...hustler!" There are many moments to cherish in this rough jewel: Field standing outside the school where the little boy she gave up for adoption attends, running into his angry mother; Field writing a letter to the same child, telling him how sorry she is; Jones and Field getting off their bus after a fight and going their separate ways, each trudging down two dusty streets. It's a top-notch road comedy with Field and Jones overcoming the obvious sentimentality of the overall conception and making a memorable duo. *** from ****


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