Back Roads

Back Roads

Director: Martin Ritt Cast: Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Keith


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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. But after taking to the road together with dreams of California, the two societal misfits find themselves falling for each other. Ritt and Field would team together once again four years later in another romantic comedy set in the South, Murphy's Romance.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2016
UPC: 0738329203733
Original Release: 1981
Rating: R
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 52,648

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sally Field Amy Post
Tommy Lee Jones Elmore Pratt
David Keith Mason
Miriam Colon Angel
Michael Vincente Gazzo Tazio
Dan Shor Spivey
M. Emmet Walsh Arthur
Barbara Babcock Rickey's Mom
Nell Carter Waitress
Alex Colon Enrique
Diane Summerfield Liz
Lee de Broux Red
Ralph Seymour Gosler
Royce D. Applegate Father
Bruce M. Fischer Ezra
John Dennis Johnston Gilly
Don "Red" Barry Pete
Eric Laneuville Pinball Wizard
Brian Frishman Bleitz
Henry Slate Grover
Tony Ganios Bartini
Lee Mc Laughlin Deputy
Jim Bailey Billy
Fred Baldwin Gordy
Bill Holliday Isaac
Richard Boyle Ernest
David Powladge Fight Announcer
Eliott Keener Willis
David Dahlgren Mel
John M. Jackson Merle
John Wilmot Ed
Woody Watson Larry
Billy Jayne The Boy Thief

Technical Credits
Martin Ritt Director
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
Alan Bergman Songwriter
Marilyn Bergman Songwriter
Gary de Vore Screenwriter
Gregory Garrison Set Decoration/Design
Walter Scott Herndon Production Designer
Sid Levin Editor
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Ronald Shedlo Producer
Barry Thomas Sound/Sound Designer
Ron Wright Asst. Director

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Back Roads 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Tidalwave3 More than 1 year ago
This 1980's movie is old school showing tough times. Most people will have a hard time understanding, that even though it is a movie there are some real life truths.