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The Baron and the Kid (1984)

William "The Baron" Addington is a former pool pro whose lifetime of boozing has cost him his career and family. Determined to straighten out his life, he gave up drinking and now plays ... See full summary »


Gary Nelson


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Complete credited cast:
Johnny Cash ... The Baron / Will
Darren McGavin ... Jack Beamer
Greg Webb ... Billy Joe Standley
Tracy Pollan ... Mary Beth Phillips
June Carter Cash ... Dee Dee Stanley
Richard Roundtree ... Frosty
Claude Akins ... Harley Medford
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan Albright Dan Albright ... Barney
Harvey Andrews Harvey Andrews ... Railbird #1
Bill Ash Bill Ash ... Paunehy
Earl Poole Ball ... Dr. Pockett
Ron Baskin Ron Baskin ... Referee
Jere Beery Jere Beery ... Jim
Tracey Bise Tracey Bise ... Inga
Ned Bridges Ned Bridges ... Arnie


William "The Baron" Addington is a former pool pro whose lifetime of boozing has cost him his career and family. Determined to straighten out his life, he gave up drinking and now plays pool only for charity. Eventually, The Baron encounters Billy Joe "The Cajun Kid" Stanley - a brash young pool hustler with immense potential. Managed by Jack Streamer, The Kid travels from hall to hall, swindling opponents. After a series of chance revelations, The Baron discovers that The Kid is his son - a product of his long-ago relationship with Dee-Dee Stanley. But instead of revealing the true nature of their relationship, The Baron befriends the boy and acts as a positive role model for him by entering legitimate, high stakes pool tournaments. As father and son grow closer, Streamer starts to fear that he's losing his grip on The Kid and sets out to destroy The Baron by framing him for dirty pool in the biggest competition of his career. Written by Dimenate

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nothing to lose ... everything to win


Drama | Sport







Release Date:

21 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baronul si pustiul See more »

Filming Locations:

Cedartown, Georgia, USA

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Baron
by Paul Richey, Billy Sherrill and Jerry Taylor
Performed by Johnny Cash
Courtesy of CBS Records
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pleasant but clichéd drama
29 March 2007 | by ajji-2See all my reviews

Johnny Cash stars as a legendary pool hustler, back in town after a long absence (21 years, I think). He encounters a young punk who's got more swagger than skill at pool, and who turns out to be - hey! - his son. Yes, this film is a tired old vehicle made up of mostly clichés, and reminders of better films like The Hustler or The Cincinatti Kid. But it does have some decent performances, and then there's Cash himself. Some of his wardrobe is decidedly hoot-worthy, but I think his fans will happily overlook that. He also performs on the soundtrack, so that's another plus for fans. Watch out for the amusing scene where he pretends to be an undercover cop. Richard Roundtree has a memorable bit where he brings a welcome note of menace to the proceedings. Not really a good film, but a decent enough way of killing time if you've got nothing better to do.

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