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Ruby Jean and Joe (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Western  -  11 August 1996 (USA)
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The elderly and fading rodeo-rider Joe Wade (Tom Selleck) picks up the young female hitchhiker Ruby Jean (Rebekah Johnson). Even though that Joe is constantly being corrected by Ruby Jean ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Joe Wade
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Ruby Jean
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Rose
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Big Man
Eileen Seeley ...
Margaret Johnson
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Harris Johnson
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Frankie
Larry Soller ...
Harry
Robert Guajardo ...
R.J.'s Hitchhike Driver
Robert Starr ...
Motel Clerk
Forrie J. Smith ...
Birthday Drunk
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Bar Bully
Darwin Hall ...
Annoyed Cowboy
Warner McKay ...
Homer
Boots Southerland ...
Telephone Cowboy
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The elderly and fading rodeo-rider Joe Wade (Tom Selleck) picks up the young female hitchhiker Ruby Jean (Rebekah Johnson). Even though that Joe is constantly being corrected by Ruby Jean their beginning friendship is growing. Their conversations on the road puts both of them in a position to deal with their lives. Written by <ufferingpetersen@mail.tele.dk>

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Drama | Western

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Rated PG-13 for brief nudity, sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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11 August 1996 (USA)  »

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Final TV role of Ben Johnson. See more »

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Harris Johnson: You do drink, don't you Mr. Wade?
Ruby Jean: You don't have to answer right away, Joe. You can give it some thought.
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Intelligent, adult, and thought provoking.
15 December 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

As this movie began I saw the crystal clear colour, sharp focus, and Western setting, and was about to turn it off. Then the young hitch-hiker appeared and I thought. "Oh no! Cutesy-pooh-made-for-TV family schmaltz," but, I was home, sick, on the sofa, and Tom Selleck's usually worth watching so.... The movie hadn't got very far before I realised that I was watching something pretty extraordinary. It was a movie that was inviting me to think, to think about what it means to be a man, and and in particular, a strong man who is facing the alien world of age and declining powers. Tom Selleck's performance showed, to me, a man who, through his relationship with the girl (great actress by the way!) learnt something about life, and drew strength and comfort from the knowledge, whilst she drew greater strength and understanding of the world as a result of being treated like an adult for the first time. If a really cheesy director had been in charge, I can see these words rolling across the screen at the end: "Old age hath yet his honour and his toil; Death closes all: but something ere the end, Some work of noble note, may yet be done, Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods." (Tennyson)


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