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Raggedy Man (1981)

 -  Drama  -  18 September 1981 (USA)
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It's 1944 in the small town of Gregory, Texas. Divorcée Nita Longley has been brought into the town by the telephone company to work as its switchboard operator, a job which requires her to... See full summary »

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Jean Lester
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Crecencio the Barkeeper
Jessie Lee Fulton ...
Miss Pud
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Miss Beulah
James N. Harrell ...
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It's 1944 in the small town of Gregory, Texas. Divorcée Nita Longley has been brought into the town by the telephone company to work as its switchboard operator, a job which requires her to be at the switchboard day and night. She was originally told by her boss Mr. Rigby that this job would only be a stepping-stone to a more lucrative job with regular working hours, which Mr. Rigby seems to be reneging on since he has now told her that her position is frozen due to the war. As such, Nita feels trapped by this situation. Nita lives in the telephone switchboard office building with her two sons, adolescent Harry and infant Henry. Because of her marital status, many of the townsfolk, especially the men, view Nita either with contempt or as a loose woman. One evening, Teddy Roebuck, a sailor on a four day furlough who is hitchhiking back to his home in Ardmore, Oklahoma, stops by to make a telephone call. When he learns that the reason for his trip home no longer exists, Teddy decides to... Written by Huggo

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Az utolsó telefonhívás  »

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Trivia

With a film with a title like Raggedy Man (1981), it actually doesn't reference raggedy dolls in anyway. Raggedy dolls had become well-known in films such as Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy (1941) and Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (1977). See more »

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When Henry drops the knife, it is a foot or more from the wet spot that he had been dragged through. When Calvin tries to pick it up seconds later, it is in the center of the wet spot. See more »

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Features Flying Tigers (1942) See more »

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Rum and Coca Cola
Written by Rupert Grant (aka Lord Invader) and Lionel Belasco, often incorrectly attributed to Morey Amsterdam, Paul Baron and Jeri Sullavan
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Still shines
6 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Anyone who thinks of Eric Roberts as an over-the-top B-movie actor should see this film, in which he gives a sweet, subtle performance as a young WWII era sailor on leave.

Roberts and Spacek both shine in this film, and have terrific chemistry as two young adults who manage to steal a moment together despite their overwhelming responsibilities. They don't appear to be "acting" for even a minute, and the rest of cast, especially the two young boys playing Spacek's kids, are just as good.

I agree with the reviewer who said Eric Roberts needs a big role again. He is one of the finest actors of his generation, and it's a shame that most people don't know it. I'd also love to see him on stage one more time.


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