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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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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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,142,944
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

The amount of time that Billy McCain (Tommy Lee Jones) had been absent from his family, and spent time in prison, was thirteen years. See more »

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

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Worth remembering
22 March 2007 | by eamannbSee all my reviews

It's a shame that this movie has not made it to DVD. The 3 main characters are well cast and developed. I like the sensitive handling of the father's attempts to build a relationship with a daughter he has never known. Dennehy, whom I have seldom seen playing a villain, seems almost an incarnation of pure evil (shades of Cape Fear).

I hope that,over time,it will get the recognition it deserves. It is an interesting example of a well-made film that isn't trying to be a blockbuster and shows the interesting alternative side to American film making.

Great settings and a good soundtrack which I would like to have been able to purchase. It looks like a portrait of a way of life, with its close association with living on and beside the river, that has probably disappeared now. A simple tale,well told.


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