Taglines: Running from the past, and backing into love.
Amy Post (Sally Field) is a $20-a-trick hooker in Mobile, Alabama. One night she entertains Elmore Pratt (Tommy Lee 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 drive away together, intending to head for California, bickering along the way.
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. It was produced by CBS Theatrical Films and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Field and Jones disliked one another intensely during filming. Ritt said 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. In her January 29, 2013 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Field said that she and Jones reconciled many years later when he approached her at an event and apologized for the on-set clashes. They then went on to co-star in the 2012 film, Lincoln, for which they both received Academy Award nominations for their supporting roles.
Back Roads (1981)
Directed by: Martin Ritt
Starring: Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Keith, Miriam Colon, Michael V. Gazzo, Dan Shor, Barbara Babcock, Nell Carter, Ralph Seymour
Screenplay by: Gary DeVore
Production Design by: Walter Scott Herndon
Cinematography by: John A. Alonzo
Film Editing by: Sidney Levin
Set Decoration by: Gregory Garrison
Music by: Henry Mancini
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: March 13, 1981