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Back Roads (1981)

Back Roads




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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.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gary M. Devore, Gary de Vore, Gary de Vore
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 3, 2005
Warner Bros.


Sally Field
as Amy Post
Tommy Lee Jones
as Elmore Pratt
Dan Shor
as Spivey
Barbara Babcock
as Rickey's Mom
Nell Carter
as Waitress
Alex Colon
as Enrique
Billy Jacoby
as Boy Thief
Eric Laneuville
as Pinball Wizard
Matthew Campion
as Stromberg
Tony Ganios
as Bartini
David Powladge
as Fight Announcer
Billy Jayne
as The Boy Thief
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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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
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… | April 24, 2005

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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


appealing performers but the script isn't great

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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