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Back Fork (2019)

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When the strain of tragedy was too much for a young couple in Appalachia, prescription pills became the medicine to ease the pain.


Josh Stewart


Josh Stewart





Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Stewart ... Waylon
Agnes Bruckner ... Raylene
A.J. Cook ... Nida
David Selby ... Bill
Dorothy Lyman ... Susie
Wade Williams ... Cotton
Eden Brolin ... Nona
Ronnie Gene Blevins ... Jimmy
Rebecca Gruss ... Anne
Gant Montgomery ... Charlie
Doug Bradley ... Sheriff
Cathy O'Dell ... Janet
Sloane Coombs ... Justine
Jason Young Jason Young ... Charlie's Brother
Phillip Rush Phillip Rush ... Enoch


BACK FORK is the story of an everyman, WAYLON, struggling to hold his life and family together after a heartbreaking tragedy. He and his wife, NIDA, barely recognize themselves, let alone each other. Their inability to continue on and to heal, leaves them hopeless. With the growing burden of the unanswered questions of why, and a heavy dose of self-blame, It's only a matter of time before Waylon turns to the magic of the pills to make the problems disappear. He finds a kindred spirit in his sister, RAYLENE, as he sleep walks through life with addiction. It's only a matter of time until Waylon finds himself at a crossroads. He learns that he's been asking the wrong question all along. The question isn't why, rather, where do I go from here? He's then able to see that we're all wounded animals. Sometimes we die, but sometimes we live. Written by Josh Stewart

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A.J Cook & Josh Stewart play a married couple on Criminal Minds. See more »


Towards the end of the film when Waylon's father is trying to get him to go to rehab, Waylon is seen smoking a cigarette that is nearly burned to the filter. When the camera switches to the other side and Waylon takes another draw, the cigarette is now only halfway burned. See more »

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True depiction of addiction and depression
23 March 2020 | by kgibbons-58840See all my reviews

I found this film to be extremely raw and unapologetic in its depiction of addiction and the effects it has on everyone, from the addict to family to coworkers.

A.J. Cook was phenomenal, as usual. Even though her screen time was limited, she gave a performance that made you feel, right in the gut, how much she was conflicted between her love and her grief. Josh Stewart has a way of acting that people either love him or don't care for him. Personally, I thought he really pushed through the struggle of an average person who accidentally falls into addiction born out of depression. Stewart and Cook have undeniable chemistry, which is probably somewhat due to playing a couple on Criminal Minds for 14 years and their close friendship offscreen. They never disappoint when on screen together. Agnus Bruckner was unabashedly real in her portrayal of a longtime addict who was so far gone she couldn't even recognize herself anymore.

The film was honest, brutal, and uplifting all at once. It deserves a whole lot more recognition than it received.

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Release Date:

9 April 2019 (USA) See more »

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Morgantown, West Virginia, USA See more »

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