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Back Roads (1981)

A prostitute and a drifter find themselves bound together as they make their way through the rural South, doing what they have to do to survive.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writer:

Gary DeVore
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Field ... Amy Post
Tommy Lee Jones ... Elmore Pratt
David Keith ... Mason
Miriam Colon ... Angel
Michael V. Gazzo ... Tazio (as Michael Gazzo)
Dan Shor ... Spivey
M. Emmet Walsh ... Arthur
Barbara Babcock ... Rickey's Mom
Nell Carter ... Waitress
Alex Colon ... Enrique
Lee de Broux ... Red
Ralph Seymour ... Gosler
Royce D. Applegate ... The Father (as Royce Applegate)
Bruce M. Fischer ... Ezra
John Dennis Johnston ... Gilly
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A prostitute and a drifter find themselves bound together as they make their way through the rural South, doing what they have to do to survive.

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Running from the past and backing into love. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 March 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arka yol See more »

Filming Locations:

Brownsville, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,046,339, 15 March 1981, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,809,387
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Sally Field was originally thought of for the female lead. See more »

Quotes

Elmore Pratt: [referring to the meal he's just ordered for Amy] The hamburger you are about to eat will *not* make you feel any better, but they will give you a prize if you can get out the door before you throw up.
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Soundtracks

Ask Me No Questions (I'll Tell You No Lies)
Written by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Sue Raney
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Sally Field on the glory road
21 January 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

There's nothing more exciting than seeing a slick Hollywood player like Sally Field getting down-and-dirty like she does in "Back Roads". At one point, she and her two male pals (Tommy Lee Jones and David Keith) are at a county fair and have no money. No problem! Sally fixes her hair and says to the guys, "Don't wait up." She knows how to make money (with her body) and nonchalantly sets out to do it. She's proving nothing to no one--it's second-nature to her--and when Keith calls her a 'whore' she tells him, "A whore is a sixteen-year-old with a bad reputation. I...am...a...hustler!" There are many moments to cherish in this rough jewel: Field standing outside the school where the little boy she gave up for adoption attends, running into his angry mother; Field writing a letter to the same child, telling him how sorry she is; Jones and Field getting off their bus after a fight and going their separate ways, each trudging down two dusty streets. It's a top-notch road comedy with Field and Jones overcoming the obvious sentimentality of the overall conception and making a memorable duo. *** from ****


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