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Back Roads
Back Roads
Actors: Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Keith, Miriam Colon, Michael V. Gazzo
Director: Martin Ritt
Genres: Comedy
R     2005     1hr 34min

When prostitute Amy Post finds herself in trouble with the law, she decides to hitchhike, which unites her with drifter and former prizefighter Elmer Pratt. The two decide to hit the road together, on a journey to Califor...  more »


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Actors: Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Keith, Miriam Colon, Michael V. Gazzo
Director: Martin Ritt
Creators: John A. Alonzo, Sidney Levin, Golda David, Ronald Shedlo, Gary DeVore
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Comedy
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/03/2005
Original Release Date: 03/13/1981
Theatrical Release Date: 03/13/1981
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Movie Reviews

If there is a genre of "road movie"
bivas | El Paso, TX United States | 05/15/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is definitely one you'll want to see. Great music by Henry Mancini, great song "Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no lies." Sweeps through America's back roads with a minimalist cinematography that pays homage to the landscape and the cultural landscape. The story has many allegories of human desires, triumphs and foibles. Sally Fields is HOT!! as the hooker with a heart. Tommy Lee Jones in one of his best roles, somewhat reminiscent of his role in "Rolling Thunder" done earlier. Add this one to your collection."
Ask Me No Questions
Movie Mania | Southern Calfornia | 12/08/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This was Sally Field's follow up to Norma Rae. She is reunited with director Martin Ritt. While this is no where near the quality of Norma Rae, it is an offbeat romantic comedy.

Sally plays Amy Post a hustler (not a whore). Tommy Lee Jones plays Elmore Pratt a down and out boxer. When paths cross, all hell breaks loose.

Elmore tries to pick up Amy but doesn't have any money to pay her. When she tells him to get lost, he dogs her to distractions. She accidentally picks up a vice officer , Elmore knocks him out. This forces them to go on the run.

Amy decides that she wants to go to Hollywood. What follows is a series of on the road antics. The best is when she and Elmore are picked up by a naïve sailor (David Keith in his first featured role) who doesn't realize that she is a hustler. (Best Line: A whore is a 16 year old with a bad reputation, I am a hustler!)

This is not Oscar material (other than the Henry Mancini and Alan & Marilyn Bergman song) but it is a good romantic comedy.

A wonderful, forgotten film
theonlyreviewthatmatters | atlanta | 10/12/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A great movie. This is another movie I love no matter what critics say about it. It may have some flaws, but the story itself is so engaging. Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones are great actors, and I believe that they provide nearly flawless acting in the film. There's also some very good acting from many of the other actors as well.

I won't give a synopsis, because everyone else has. I do agree that the film is a little unbelievable because the two main characters are just too kind for their roles. Most hookers are strung out and wouldn't be able to make the trip that Field's character made. It seems that they are just too straight not to believe that they don't actually work for a living. Anyway, the movie is still very good overall and it does provide most of us with a positive message about love and hope and not giving up on life despite hardships that inevitably come along. I also think that the adventure of just one day heading out cross country and leaving the past behind has some appeal"