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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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

First collaboration of Sally Field and Martin Ritt after the successful Norma Rae (1979), which won two Academy Awards. The two would re-team again for a third and final time with Murphy's Romance (1985), which co-starred James Garner. See more »

Quotes

Amy Post: You think we can make it on our feet?
Elmore Pratt: Hell, yeah. We got four of them now.
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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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I also recommend you see Midnight Cowboy(1969) and Scarecrow(1973).
31 October 2017 | by Vivekmaru45See all my reviews

What a profoundly beautiful film I just saw. It's a romance along with some dark situational drama that goes along perfectly.

The film is the tale of a middle-aged sex worker Amy Post(Sally Field) and a drifter and ex-boxer Elmore Pratt(Tommy Lee Jones)who gets the occasional boxing match in the places he visits.

The film tells the story of how these two characters meets and from that single encounter will form a bond that will last forever. As I have already said it is a beautiful film and I am a romantic at heart.

Martin Ritt a seasoned director, really makes us feel that we are in the middle of the events that unfold in the film. I have seen two of Ritt's earlier films that I also recommend you see: Hud(1963 starring Paul Newman) and Norma Rae(1973 starring Sally Field and based on a true story).


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