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Ruby Jean and Joe (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama, Western | TV Movie 11 August 1996
The elderly and fading rodeo-rider Joe Wade (Tom Selleck) picks up the young female hitchhiker Ruby Jean (Rebekah Johnson). Even though that Joe is constantly being corrected by Ruby Jean ... See full summary »

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Geoffrey Sax
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Joe Wade
Rebekah Johnson ... Ruby Jean
JoBeth Williams ... Rose
Ben Johnson ... Big Man
Eileen Seeley Eileen Seeley ... Margaret Johnson
John Diehl ... Harris Johnson
Margo Martindale ... Frankie
Larry Soller Larry Soller ... Harry
Robert Guajardo Robert Guajardo ... R.J.'s Hitchhike Driver
Robert Starr ... Motel Clerk
Forrie J. Smith ... Birthday Drunk
Ed Adams Ed Adams ... Bar Bully
Darwin Hall Darwin Hall ... Annoyed Cowboy
Warner McKay Warner McKay ... Homer
Boots Southerland Boots Southerland ... Telephone Cowboy
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Storyline

The elderly and fading rodeo-rider Joe Wade (Tom Selleck) picks up the young female hitchhiker Ruby Jean (Rebekah Johnson). Even though that Joe is constantly being corrected by Ruby Jean their beginning friendship is growing. Their conversations on the road puts both of them in a position to deal with their lives. Written by <ufferingpetersen@mail.tele.dk>

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Genres:

Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief nudity, sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arizona Road See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Final TV role of Ben Johnson. See more »

Quotes

Harris Johnson: You do drink, don't you Mr. Wade?
Ruby Jean: You don't have to answer right away, Joe. You can give it some thought.
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Intelligent, adult, and thought provoking.
15 December 2005 | by eceabatSee all my reviews

As this movie began I saw the crystal clear colour, sharp focus, and Western setting, and was about to turn it off. Then the young hitch-hiker appeared and I thought. "Oh no! Cutesy-pooh-made-for-TV family schmaltz," but, I was home, sick, on the sofa, and Tom Selleck's usually worth watching so.... The movie hadn't got very far before I realised that I was watching something pretty extraordinary. It was a movie that was inviting me to think, to think about what it means to be a man, and and in particular, a strong man who is facing the alien world of age and declining powers. Tom Selleck's performance showed, to me, a man who, through his relationship with the girl (great actress by the way!) learnt something about life, and drew strength and comfort from the knowledge, whilst she drew greater strength and understanding of the world as a result of being treated like an adult for the first time. If a really cheesy director had been in charge, I can see these words rolling across the screen at the end: "Old age hath yet his honour and his toil; Death closes all: but something ere the end, Some work of noble note, may yet be done, Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods." (Tennyson)


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