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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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He paid for his crime . . . now he must pay for his freedom! 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,142,944
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Martha Plimpton received an 'introducing' credit. See more »

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

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This is a beautiful movie that needs to be recognized.
17 May 2000 | by gkearnsSee all my reviews

"The River Rat" is too good a movie to lie in a corner without comment. Good grief, this was Martha Plimpton's first major role. For that reason alone it has a place in motion picture history. What a terrific talent, and what great contributions she has made to the art in roles both small and large. In this movie she combines with such recognized stars as Tommy Lee Jones and Brian Dennehy, and takes a back seat to neither. Her father-daughter scenes with Mr. Jones are warm and real. The depth all three of the lead actors brought to their characters was truly remarkable. In sum, the beautiful background of the mighty Mississippi River, an interesting story, some great acting turns, and, of course, Martha Plimpton make "The River Rat" a must-see picture.


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