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The River Rat (1984)

After serving time for a theft he didn't commit, all Billy wants to do is to reconnect with his daughter. However, some loose ends, like the whereabouts of the stolen loot, just won't let him go.

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Thomas Rickman (as Tom Rickman)

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Thomas Rickman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Billy
Martha Plimpton ... Jonsy
Brian Dennehy ... Doc Cole
Shawn Smith ... Wexel
Nancy Lea Owen ... Vadie
Norman Bennett ... Sheriff Cal
Tony Frank Tony Frank ... Poley
Angie Bolling ... Joyce
Roger Copeland Roger Copeland ... Young Billy
Tommy Burlison Tommy Burlison ... Whitey
Tamara Hartley Tamara Hartley ... Young Joyce
Louise Anderson Louise Anderson ... Wexel's Aunt
Melissa Hart Melissa Hart ... Peggy
Mary Harper Mary Harper ... Old Woman
James Hurt James Hurt ... Motorist
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After serving time for a theft he didn't commit, all Billy wants to do is to reconnect with his daughter. However, some loose ends, like the whereabouts of the stolen loot, just won't let him go.

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After thirteen years in prison, Billy McCain thought he'd met up with everything, until he met up with his own daughter Jonsy. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La barca del infierno See more »

Filming Locations:

Clinton, Kentucky, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$441,466, 23 September 1984

Gross USA:

$1,142,944
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

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Trivia

Star Billing: Tommy Lee Jones (1st), Brian Dennehy (2nd) and Martha Plimpton (3rd). See more »

Goofs

Wexel puts his branch into the fire twice. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Until September (2019) See more »

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Dirty dealings on the Big Muddy
23 August 2001 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

When convicted felon Billy McCain gets paroled from the big house, his troubles are far from over. A sinister man wants to get his hands on the stash that Billy supposedly hid away before doing his stint in the gray bar hotel. Is the money there or was it destroyed before Billy ever got caught? Can Billy and his daughter escape the clutches of this evil person and live happily ever after? Will Mighty Mouse never come!!?? To find out go see this excellent film which shows the power of love, the ugliness of greed, and the joy of repentance.


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