It’s 1944 in the small town of Gregory, Texas. Divorcée Nita Longley has been brought into the town by the telephone company to work as its switchboard operator, a job which requires her to be at the switchboard day and night. She was originally told by her boss Mr. Rigby that this job would only be a stepping-stone to a more lucrative job with regular working hours, which Mr. Rigby seems to be reneging on since he has now told her that her position is frozen due to the war.
As such, Nita feels trapped by this situation. Nita lives in the telephone switchboard office building with her two sons, adolescent Harry and infant Henry. Because of her marital status, many of the townsfolk, especially the men, view Nita either with contempt or as a loose woman. One evening, Teddy Roebuck, a sailor on a four day furlough who is hitchhiking back to his home in Ardmore, Oklahoma, stops by to make a telephone call.
Raggedy Man is a 1981 American drama film starring Eric Roberts and Sissy Spacek and directed by Spacek’s husband Jack Fisk. It was filmed in Lockhart, Texas. The story is about people in the small Texas town of Gregory during World War II. Raggedy Man is the title of a novel by William D. Wittliff and Sara Clark, published in 1979, on which the movie of the same title is based.
Raggedy Man (1981)
Directed by: Jack Fisk
Starring: Sissy Spacek, Eric Roberts, Sam Shepard, William Sanderson, Tracey Walter, Henry Thomas, Carey Hollis Jr., Suzi McLaughlin
Screenplay by: William D. Wittliff
Cinematography by: Ralf D. Bode
Film Editing by: Edward Warschilka
Costume Design by: Joe I. Tompkins
Set Decoration by: Hal Gausman
Art Direction by: John J. Lloyd
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Release Date: September 18, 1981