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The River Rat (1984)

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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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Doc Cole
Shawn Smith ...
Wexel
Nancy Lea Owen ...
Vadie
Norman Bennett ...
Sheriff Cal
Tony Frank ...
Poley
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Joyce
Roger Copeland ...
Young Billy
Tommy Burlison ...
Whitey
Tamara Hartley ...
Young Joyce
Louise Anderson ...
Wexel's Aunt
Melissa Hart ...
Peggy
Mary Harper ...
Old Woman
James Hurt ...
Motorist
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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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He paid for his crime . . . now he must pay for his freedom!

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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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This is a beautiful movie that needs to be recognized.
17 May 2000 | by (St. Louis, Missouri) – See all my reviews

"The River Rat" is too good a movie to lie in a corner without comment. Good grief, this was Martha Plimpton's first major role. For that reason alone it has a place in motion picture history. What a terrific talent, and what great contributions she has made to the art in roles both small and large. In this movie she combines with such recognized stars as Tommy Lee Jones and Brian Dennehy, and takes a back seat to neither. Her father-daughter scenes with Mr. Jones are warm and real. The depth all three of the lead actors brought to their characters was truly remarkable. In sum, the beautiful background of the mighty Mississippi River, an interesting story, some great acting turns, and, of course, Martha Plimpton make "The River Rat" a must-see picture.


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