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The River Rat (1984)

The River Rat (1984)

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Tommy Lee Jones plays the title character in The River Rat. Released from prison after 13 years, Jones heads south to meet his hoydenish daughter Martha Plimpton for the first time. The father-daughter relationship flounders until Jones takes the girl on a long, bonding raft trip on the river. Both Jones and Plimpton become fugitives from justice when they run afoul of crooked parole-officer Brian Dennehy. Before the film's allotted 93 minutes have passed, Plimpton has proven time and again to be truly her father's daughter. It's a toss-up as to which is more enjoyable in River Rat, the film itself or the wall-to-wall musical score by Mike Post. Screenwriter Thomas Rickman was underwritten for his directorial debut by Robert Redford's Sundance Institute.

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Cast

Norman Bennett
as Sheriff Cal
Roger Copeland
as Young Billy
Tamara Hartley
as Young Joyce
Louise Anderson
as Wexel's Aunt
Mary Harper
as Old Woman
James Hurt
as Motorist
Michael Shepard
as Cajun Sheriff
Peter Renaday
as Cajun Doctor
Louis R. Plante
as Cajun Deputy
Rod Britt
as Cajun Deputy
Robert Le Blanc
as Cajun In Cemetery
Craig Cruse
as Boy on Levee
Bill O'Neal
as Stretcher Bearer
Creston B. Parker
as Red Bandana
Melissa Davis
as Alida Le Blanc
Kenyatta Beasley
as Little Daddy
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½

I don't know if many people have seen this one but it is so good and worth checking out. I wish it would be on tv here lately or at least find it to buy it. martha plimpton and tommy lee jones have natural believable chemistry as father and daughter. compelling plot with tender moments and some humor add up to an interesting movie. martha plimpton is also very believable as a tomboy.

blair knight
blair knight

An enjoyable drama film with some good acting.

Dean King
Dean King

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