Back Roads (film)

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Back Roads
Back Roads.jpg
DVD release cover
Directed by Martin Ritt
Produced by Ronald Shedlo
Written by Gary Devore
Starring Sally Field
Tommy Lee Jones
Music by Henry Mancini
Cinematography John A. Alonzo
Edited by Sidney Levin
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates March 13, 1981 (1981-03-13)
Running time 90 minutes
Language English

Back Roads is a 1981 American romantic comedy film starring Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. It is directed by Martin Ritt. It got middling reviews and grossed $11 million at the box office.[citation needed]


Amy Post (played by Field) is a $20-a-trick hooker in Mobile, Alabama. One night she entertains Elmore Pratt (Jones), an ex-boxer who has just been fired from his job at a car wash. He cannot pay her for services rendered.

Pratt punches a plainclothes police officer. He and the prostitute hit the road together, intending to head for California, bickering along the way.

Interesting facts[edit]

It has been reported that Field and Jones disliked one another intensely.[1] Director Ritt reportedly said later that he regretted not being able to make this film work, blaming its failure on both the script and the stars' inability to get along.[citation needed]

Nevertheless, in his March 13, 1981 New York Times review, critic Vincent Canby wrote that there "seems to be a real rapport" between the two actors. Canby described the film as "extremely appealing and occasionally gutsy and very funny."[citation needed]

Other reviewers were less kind. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film two stars on a scale of four, although he did comment that Field "gives a performance that cannot be faulted."[citation needed]

David Keith, Michael V. Gazzo and Barbara Babcock were also in the cast.


  1. ^ "Sally Field Civil War Erupts On Lincoln Movie!". The National Enquirer. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 

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