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Back Roads

Back Roads (1981)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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For his follow-up to 1979's Academy Award-winning Norma Rae, director Martin Ritt re-teams with that film's star, Sally Field, for this gritty romantic road comedy. Reportedly Ritt's homage to Frank Capra's films of the 1930s, Back Roads stars Field as Amy Post, a no-nonsense prostitute in the deep South struggling with the fact that she gave up her only child for adoption. When Amy first encounters the recently unemployed Elmore Pratt (Tommy Lee Jones), she is anything but fond of the drifter.

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

May 3, 2005

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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.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: 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.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: 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.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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It's a surprise to discover that this hackneyed, relatively dull road picture is the work of director Martin Ritt.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

April 24, 2005 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

Back Roads is a love story with real clout.

January 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Despite the efforts of the two talented leads, their central relationship fails to ignite, while the comedy is lacklustre at best.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

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.
December 6, 2012
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appealing performers but the script isn't great
April 7, 2007
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