Back Roads (1981)

Back Roads


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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: May 3, 2005



as Amy Post

as Elmore Pratt

as Mason

as Spivey

as Rickey's Mom

as Waitress

as Enrique

as Boy Thief

as Pinball Wizard

as Grover

as Stromberg

as Bartini

as Fight Announcer

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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