Back Roads (1981)




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Movie Info

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.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gary de Vore
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 26, 2005

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Critic Reviews for Back Roads

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

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.

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Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | June 26, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

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New York Times
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Full Review… | June 26, 2005
Top Critic

It's a surprise to discover that this hackneyed, relatively dull road picture is the work of director Martin Ritt.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A quiet and unassuming little comedy, a dual-gendered character study mixed with a low-key "road trip" adventure.

Full Review… | June 26, 2005

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