After serving time for a theft he didn't commit, all Billy wants to do is to reconnect with his daughter. However, some loose ends, like the whereabouts of the stolen loot, just won't let him go.

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Shawn Smith ...
Wexel
Nancy Lea Owen ...
Vadie
Norman Bennett ...
Sheriff Cal
Tony Frank ...
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Roger Copeland ...
Young Billy
Tommy Burlison ...
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Louise Anderson ...
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Mary Harper ...
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After serving time for a theft he didn't commit, all Billy wants to do is to reconnect with his daughter. However, some loose ends, like the whereabouts of the stolen loot, just won't let him go.

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After thirteen years in prison, Billy McCain thought he'd met up with everything, until he met up with his own daughter Jonsy. See more »

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The meaning of the film's title "The River Rat", despite other definitions, in the context of this movie, refers to people who live alongside a river, and frequent in river activities, such as fishing and boating. See more »

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I was lucky to be able to watch a lot of the production of River Rat. Several scenes were filmed on the Ohio River at Smithland, Ky, where I lived and also operated the local ambulance service. My Father was a Deputy Sheriff and became very friendly with Tommy Lee Jones during the filming. I also had the honor of having breakfast with Mr. Jones.

Smithland was also the location of most of the "Rivers" segments of the classic movie " How The West was Won ". I still have cast photos and autographs from Jimmy Stewart, Agnes Morehead, George Peppard and Debbie Reynolds from that movie. " The River Rat " was and in my opinion is a great movie.


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