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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 3, 2005
- Originally Released: 1981
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Sally Field & Tommy Lee Jones|
|Performer:||David Keith, M. Emmet Walsh, Miriam Colon, Michael V. Gazzo, Dan Shor, Barbara Babcock, Nell Carter, Lee de Broux, Ralph Seymour, John Dennis Johnston & Don 'Red' Barry|
|Directed by||Martin Ritt|
|Edited by||Sidney Levin|
|Composition by||Henry Mancini|
|Cinematography by||John A. Alonzo|
|Produced by||Ronald Shedlo|
Back Roads lacks originality and relies on the road trip movie genre. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
...Extremely appealing and occasionally gutsy and very funny....One of the most stylish comedies you'll ever see about the joys of third-ratedness.
New York Times
Rating: 2/4 -- It's a surprise to discover that this hackneyed, relatively dull road picture is the work of director Martin Ritt. 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.
...Ritt has created a gritty atmosphere of 'back road' realism throughout. He has also gotten nice performances out of Field and Jones...
Rating: 3/5 -- 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.
New York Times
Despite the efforts of the two talented leads, their central relationship fails to ignite, while the comedy is lacklustre at best. Full Review
The comic actions begins in a trashy hotel in Alabama. There a spirited hustler is picked up by an equally cheerful drifter.
After being thrown out of her apartment, a hooker is befriended by a drifter, and the two decide to leave town and hitchhike together.
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