Back Roads (1981)
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Stranded somewhere in the south, a prostitute (Sally Field) links up with punchdrunk drifter (Tommy Lee Jones). As they seek out various means of travel (at one point, they're forced to leap from a moving train into a heap o' mud), they fall in love. Director Ritt had previously directed Field's Oscar-winning performance in Norma Rae.
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Critic Reviews for Back Roads
Very good on local colour but a bit sugary in its attitude to the central relationship, it would have been better taking a bleaker cue from Tommy Lee Jones' admirably dry performance.
If the movie had been willing to deal honestly with the plight of its characters, it wouldn't need to be clutterted up with eccentrics and hearts of gold.
Less a movie than an extended sketch, and it's to the credit of Mr. Ritt, his stars and Gary Devore, the screenwriter, that the movie is so much fun.
It's a surprise to discover that this hackneyed, relatively dull road picture is the work of director Martin Ritt.
A quiet and unassuming little comedy, a dual-gendered character study mixed with a low-key "road trip" adventure.
Despite the efforts of the two talented leads, their central relationship fails to ignite, while the comedy is lacklustre at best.
Audience Reviews for Back Roads
There are a lot of good actors in this movie, but the story lets them down. It's boring, predictable, and disappointing in the end. I didn't care for it, and I wouldn't recommend it.More
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