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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)

Writer:

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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Storyline

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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He paid for his crime . . . now he must pay for his freedom! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,142,944
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Many of the the Missisippi River sequences were filmed on the Ohio River at Smithland, Kentucky, which had previously been used for the river scenes in How the West Was Won (1962). See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

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

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This is one good movie
6 April 2001 | by m_hebnerSee all my reviews

I was only 2 years old when this movie was made but I watched a few years later then I understood it, probably the reason I like this movie because it was made here in my home state of Kentucky, but thats not the main reason I like this movie, I also like it because its got action and Drama in it, I love action and drama movies. If any of you are big fans of Tommy Lee Jones then you should see this movie because it is one of his best.


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