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Back Roads (1981)

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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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Gosler
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Gilly
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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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13 March 1981 (USA)  »

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This movie was made a few years after the similarly titled Australian film Backroads (1977). The two movies are however spelt slightly differently, the earlier film's title is one word whereas this movie's title has two words. See more »

Quotes

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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Too grimy, Too grumpy, Romance lack Chemistry
2 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Director Martin Ritt reunites with Sally Field (Norma Rae) playing a prostitute going on a road trip with drifter boxer Tommy Lee Jones. I think it was intended as a grimy tough rom-com. But whether it's the script or the much rumored bad relationship between Field and Jones, the couple was plagued with anger.

The movie is filmed in a low rent 70s style Grime-o-Vision. It works sometimes like playing pinball in a roadside bar. But mostly it looks like a poorly made indie.

In the end, the relationship never blossoms as it's suppose to. Sally Field does have a good breakdown, but Tommy Lee Jones have the acting range of a grumpy old man.


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