Back Roads
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"It's a surprise to discover that this hackneyed, relatively dull road picture is the work of director Martin Ritt."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Despite the efforts of the two talented leads, their central relationship fails to ignite, while the comedy is lacklustre at best."
‑ , Film4
"If the movie had been willing to deal honestly with the plight of its characters, it wouldn't need to be clutterted up with eccentrics and hearts of gold."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A quiet and unassuming little comedy, a dual-gendered character study mixed with a low-key "road trip" adventure."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVDTalk.com
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Back Roads is a love story with real clout."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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