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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.

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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. See more »


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13 March 1981 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,046,339, 15 March 1981, Wide Release

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$11,809,387
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The movie stars two Oscar (Academy Award) winners: Tommy Lee Jones for Best Supporting Actor for The Fugitive (1993) and Sally Field for Norma Rae (1979) and Places in the Heart (1984) - both for Best Actress. Both of these two lead cast members were both Oscar nominated later for supporting roles in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln (2012) but neither won an Academy Award for this later collaboration. See more »

Quotes

Elmore Pratt: [referring to the meal he's just ordered for Amy] The hamburger you are about to eat will *not* make you feel any better, but they will give you a prize if you can get out the door before you throw up.
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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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tommy lee shines
26 May 2004 | by 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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