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(1981)

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In this film, lead actress Sissy Spacek was directed by her husband Jack Fisk.
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Sally Field pulled-out of doing this movie so she could appear in Back Roads (1981). According to the 1st December 1981 edition of 'The Los Angeles Times' newspaper, Field was attached temporarily to the movie but withdrew from the picture.
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The meaning and relevance of this film's Raggedy Man (1981) title is that a "raggedy man" can be defined as a "a scuzzy rag-picker", a description that in the film applies to the character Bailey played by Sam Shepard.
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This movie was first released in the same year as the similarly titled picture Ragtime (1981).
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Debut theatrical feature film directed by director Jack Fisk.
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'The Raggedy Man' is also the name of an unrelated 1890 poem written by James Whitcomb Riley.
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Debut theatrical feature film of actor Henry Thomas whose next theatrical film would be E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) which was also for the Universal Pictures studio, as would be Cloak & Dagger (1984).
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A few years after this movie was made, Tina Turner as Auntie Entity in the movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), called Mad Max (played by Mel Gibson), a "Raggedy Man".
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This film was made about two years after its related novel of the same name by Sara Clark and William D. Wittliff was first published in 1979.
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One of a number of movies that actress Sissy Spacek made for Universal Pictures after she had won the Best Actress Academy Award for that studio's 1980 film Coal Miner's Daughter (1980). The movies included Missing (1982), The River (1984), 'night, Mother (1986) and Raggedy Man (1981).
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This motion picture's opening title cards state: "Edna, Texas - 1940" and "Gregory, Texas - 1944".
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Principal photography on this picture was delayed from July 1980 until 20th October 1980 due to the 1980 SAG Actors' Strike and Emmy Awards Boycott, which included the AMF and AFTRA, which ran from July 1980 until 25th October that year.
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Actress Talia Shire, director Hal Harrison, and producer Dan Greer, were all earlier once attached to the production of this picture, according to the 5th July 1977 edition of show-business trade paper 'Daily Variety', but in the end, none of them worked on the picture.
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Screenwriter William D. Wittliff first wrote the film's screenplay in 1975 which was about six years prior to the picture premiering.
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The movie's source story and screenplay by screenwriter William D. Wittliff was based on his child-hood during the Second World War in the Texan town of Gregory in Texas, USA.
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Sara Clark adapted the film's source screenplay by William D. Wittliff into a novel which was first published in 1979 with Wittliff receiving a co-author credit.
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The front-jacket blurb on an edition of the related "Raggedy Man" (1979) novel by Sara Clark and William D. Wittliff reads: "A STORY OF LOVE...that you will never forget".
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According to a blog written by Kenneth L. Anthony and published on 6th December 2010 at the Amazon website, this picture is "not exactly the same as the story in the finished movie. The movie with Sissy Spacek was not quite 'made from the novel' ['Raggedy Man' (1979)]. Rather the novel was created from an early version of the script about a year and half before filming began, and the script was polished and developed further before the cameras rolled."
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The picture was the third produced cinema movie screenplay of producer-screenwriter William D. Wittliff after Honeysuckle Rose (1980) and The Black Stallion (1979). Country (1984) and Barbarosa (1982) would follow Raggedy Man (1981).
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The film's closing credits give special thanks to the Texas Film Commission; the People of Maxwell, Texas; Dan Kolsrud; Joe K. Longley; the Confederate Air Force, and Third Coast Studios, for their assistance in the making of this motion picture.
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Cinematographer Ralf D. Bode lensed the film with the then latest Panavision camera, which was nick-named "The Panavision Gold", utilizing both ultra-speed and super-speed lenses, which could accommodating shooting the picture with lower levels of light.
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The film's home video sleeve notes declared: "Oscar winner Sissy Spacek stars in Raggedy Man (1981), her first film since being named Best Actress for her performance in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)." Both movies were made by the Universal Pictures studio.
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Actors Eric Roberts and 'Sam Shepard' (qc) both received 'also starring' credits.
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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).
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One of numerous collaborations, about eight, of husband and wife, director and production designer / art director Jack Fisk and actress Sissy Spacek.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The Raggedy Man character, who throughout most of the film had appeared to be a dark mysterious character, at the end of the movie becomes the saving grace and guardian angel of the central female character.
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This movie's final fifteen minutes include violence and a foray into arguably horror genre movie territory. This invariably drew comparisons with and evoked Sissy Spacek's earlier movie Carrie (1976).
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