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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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Tony Frank ...
Poley
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Joyce
Roger Copeland ...
Young Billy
Tommy Burlison ...
Whitey
Tamara Hartley ...
Young Joyce
Louise Anderson ...
Wexel's Aunt
Melissa Hart ...
Peggy
Mary Harper ...
Old Woman
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 »

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Adventure | Crime | Drama

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28 September 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La barca del infierno  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$441,466, 23 September 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,142,944
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Tommy Lee Jones played the "The River Rat" character of the title according to Allmovie. 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 See 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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