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Raggedy Man (1981)

It's 1944 in the small town of Gregory, Texas. Divorcée Nita Longley has been brought into the town by the telephone company to work as its switchboard operator, a job which requires her to... See full summary »

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Jack Fisk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sissy Spacek ... Nita
Eric Roberts ... Teddy
Sam Shepard ... Bailey
William Sanderson ... Calvin
Tracey Walter ... Arnold
R.G. Armstrong ... Rigby
Henry Thomas ... Harry
Carey Hollis Jr. ... Henry
Ed Geldart Ed Geldart ... Mr. Calloway
Bill Thurman ... Sheriff
Suzi McLaughlin Suzi McLaughlin ... Jean Lester
Lupe Juárez Lupe Juárez ... Crecencio the Barkeeper
Jessie Lee Fulton ... Miss Pud
LuBelle Camp LuBelle Camp ... Miss Beulah
James N. Harrell James N. Harrell ... Ticket Taker
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Storyline

It's 1944 in the small town of Gregory, Texas. Divorcée Nita Longley has been brought into the town by the telephone company to work as its switchboard operator, a job which requires her to be at the switchboard day and night. She was originally told by her boss Mr. Rigby that this job would only be a stepping-stone to a more lucrative job with regular working hours, which Mr. Rigby seems to be reneging on since he has now told her that her position is frozen due to the war. As such, Nita feels trapped by this situation. Nita lives in the telephone switchboard office building with her two sons, adolescent Harry and infant Henry. Because of her marital status, many of the townsfolk, especially the men, view Nita either with contempt or as a loose woman. One evening, Teddy Roebuck, a sailor on a four day furlough who is hitchhiking back to his home in Ardmore, Oklahoma, stops by to make a telephone call. When he learns that the reason for his trip home no longer exists, Teddy decides to... Written by Huggo

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Academy Award Winner SISSY SPACEK in a suspense-filled drama about being a mother, being alone, being afraid, and being strong enough to face the truth. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Raggedy Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$287,081, 20 September 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,976,198
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Company Credits

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was made about two years after its related novel of the same name by Sara Clark and William D. Wittliff was first published in 1979. See more »

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The movie is set in 1944, in the part they show North Beach the Harbor Bridge is shown but it wasn't built till 1956 See more »


Soundtracks

The Lady's In Love With You
Performed by Benny Goodman
Courtesy of MCA Records
Written by Burton Lane (uncredited) and Frank Loesser (uncredited)
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"Drinkin' rum and Coca-Cola..."
28 April 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Sissy Spacek, in her first movie after her triumphant, Oscar-winning turn as Loretta Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter", excels once again as a single mother with two small boys working out of her home as a telephone operator in WWII America. Eric Roberts (in surely his best performance ever) is gentle and appealing as a sailor who takes a shine to Spacek and her kids, which causes gossipy tongues to wag back in town; Sam Shepherd is the mysterious title character who lives across the street and harbors a dark secret. Fine-looking movie has a strong sense of time and place, a fairly solid script and terrific players, but the tone of the film shifts in the melodramatic final act and the narrative gets all fouled up. This portion of the picture almost feels tacked-on, and as a result the conclusion is somewhat limp. Still a pretty good entertainment, and Spacek never hits a false note. *** from ****


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