Back Roads 1981

Back Roads

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A hooker (Sally Field) with a heart of gold hits the road with a boxer (Tommy Lee Jones) going nowhere.

Cast & Crew

Tommy Lee Jones
Elmore Pratt
Barbara Babcock
Rickey's Mom
Gary DeVore
Writer (Screenplay)
Golda David
Associate Producer
John A. Alonzo
Cinematographer
Sidney Levin
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Walter Scott Herndon
Production Design
Henry Mancini
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Critic Reviews for Back Roads

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  • You come out of "Back Roads" feeling more familiar with the configuration of Sally Field's spinal column and chestbone than the character she's struggling to embody.

    May 10, 2017 | Full Review…
  • 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

    Tom Milne

    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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Back Roads lacks originality and relies on the road trip movie genre. [Full Review in Spanish]

    August 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's a surprise to discover that this hackneyed, relatively dull road picture is the work of director Martin Ritt.

    January 11, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Back Roads

  • Dec 06, 2012
    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
  • Apr 07, 2007
    appealing performers but the script isn't great
    jay n Super Reviewer

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