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The River Pirates (1988)

Good Old Boy: A Delta Boyhood (original title)
A timeless story of a boy's adventures growing up in a small Southern town, Yazoo City in the 1940s during World War II, roaming with his friends, playing practical jokes, and getting into trouble.

Director:

Tom G. Robertson

Writers:

Paul W. Cooper, Willie Morris (book)
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Farnsworth ... Percy
Ryan Francis ... Willie
Gennie James ... Rivers Applewhite
Douglas Emerson ... Spit
Devin Ratray ... Bubba
Kevin Joseph Kevin Joseph ... Henjie
Ben Wylie Ben Wylie ... Billy
Dulé Hill ... Robert E. Lee
Jordan Marder ... Buster
Dixie K. Wade Dixie K. Wade ... Mamie
Caryn West ... Mrs. Morris
Richard Council ... Mr. Morris
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Aunt Sue
Anne Ramsey ... The Hag
Ralph Waite ... Narrator
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A timeless story of a boy's adventures growing up in a small Southern town, Yazoo City in the 1940s during World War II, roaming with his friends, playing practical jokes, and getting into trouble.

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Willie and his friends found the adventure of a lifetime searching for...


Certificate:

PG
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The River Pirates See more »

Filming Locations:

Church Hill, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This was Maureen O'Sullivan's final film before her death on June 23, 1998 at the age of 87. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Morris: [adolescent Willie Morris is beginning to contemplate the mystery of girls, when his father notices him in front of the bathroom mirror one day] What are you doin' gettin' all slicked up for?
Willie: [nervous] N-nothin' special, Daddy. Just goin' crawdad-huntin' with Spit 'n...
Mr. Morris: [with gentle understanding, he interrupts his son] Mmm-hmmm. Spit likes to see you with your hair combed, does he? Put a dab of that cologne on, too, so's you smell real good for Spit.
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, there is a caption that reads: "Anne Ramsey 1927 - 1988. This was to be Anne's last film. All of us in the cast and crew are saddened by her death... and are very honored to have worked with this outstanding actress." Anne Ramsey passed away after production was completed on the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in No Small Parts: Anne Ramsey (2014) See more »

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Great film all-round.
16 May 2001 | by billybrown41See all my reviews

I think the first time I saw this movie, I was close to eight years old. It was on the disney channel and I didn't see it again until I was nineteen. This one was really well made for a kids' movie. The acting, directing, story, and script were all excellent. Having grown up in the delta myself, I really appreciate the authenticity that went into the whole thing. I really liked Ann Ramsey (the Goonies) as "the hag" and Richard Farnsworth ("the Grey Fox", "the Straight Story") was also great as Willie's grandfather.

Personally, I think that anyone who sees this movie will like it. It's a great coming of age story and it has really stuck in my memory.


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