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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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28 September 1984 (USA)  »

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La barca del infierno  »

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The amount of time that Billy McCain (Tommy Lee Jones) had been absent from his family and spent time in prison was thirteen years. See more »

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Jones gives it some much-needed swagger...otherwise, an ill-conceived 'family movie'
8 July 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Inquisitive teenage girl in the modern-day South--selling fish with her grandmother out of their house on the river--forges a friendship with the father she's never known, just out of jail after 13 years. As the paroled ex-con who killed a man during a robbery, Tommy Lee Jones adds some hot-tempered fuel to these otherwise juiceless proceedings. Jones, playing the kind of loner who thaws out quickly, overcomes the manufactured grit and sentiment in this script and manages to give an interesting performance. Debuting director Tom Rickman, who also wrote the cliché-ridden script, allows many of the supporting players to overact mercilessly, while newcomer Martha Plimpton is used as the picture's 'noble conscience' (never a good idea). Rickman has so little faith in the 'family audience' he's targeting with this film, he has Plimpton's tomboyish Jonsy declare she "ain't no lezzy"--this so viewers can relax in the knowledge they're only watching an assembly-line sub-Disney movie and not anything more ambitious. The riverfront milieu is attractive, but the hick stereotypes and shady city-folk are enough to try anyone's patience. *1/2 from ****


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