Raggedy Man

Raggedy Man

Director: Jack Fisk

Cast: Jack Fisk, Sissy Spacek, Eric Roberts, William Sanderson

     
 

Sissy Spacek was directed by her husband Jack Fisk in 1981's Raggedy Man. Spacek plays a divorced mother of two who tries to go it alone in mid-1940s Texas. Shunned by the "respectable" townsfolk because of her marital breakup, Spacek must endure the unwanted attentions of every low-life man in the community. Enter Eric Roberts, a young sailor who becomes both…  See more details below

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Sissy Spacek was directed by her husband Jack Fisk in 1981's Raggedy Man. Spacek plays a divorced mother of two who tries to go it alone in mid-1940s Texas. Shunned by the "respectable" townsfolk because of her marital breakup, Spacek must endure the unwanted attentions of every low-life man in the community. Enter Eric Roberts, a young sailor who becomes both friend and protector to Spacek and her sons. Once Roberts is called to active duty, however, Spacek is supposedly left at the mercy of the menacing "raggedy man"-a scuzzy ragpicker, played by Sam Shepard, whose intentions aren't what they seem. Leisurely paced for most of its running time, Raggedy Man takes a disturbing violent turn in its last half hour.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Filmed in lovely, muted colors and often in dim settings, Raggedy Man has a nostalgic, wistful visual appeal that matches the gentleness with which most of the film is directed. Touchingly lyrical and romantic for the first three-quarters of the film, it takes a sudden U-turn into horror/thriller territory in the last quarter. Although this last section is as well done as the first, it seems as if the two parts don't belong together. This discrepancy in style ultimately damages the film, but not fatally. Director Jack Fisk draws a remarkably detailed performance from real-life wife Sissy Spacek. It's a cliché to say that the way a director films his wife reveals how much he loves her, but it's also undeniable that Spacek has never looked as beautiful -- verging on angelic at times -- as she does here. She's rarely acted better either, achingly conveying love for her children that is as palpable as the loneliness she hides inside. Spacek's actions speak as loud as her words, as when her expression when touching a gift of nylon stockings tells more about her life than any dialogue scene could. Eric Roberts also turns in a strong performance that effectively taps into his nicer side. Spacek would follow Raggedy Man with another strong showing in Missing.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/28/2004
UPC:
0025192619922
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
28,440

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Performance Credits
Sissy Spacek Nita
Eric Roberts Teddy
William Sanderson Calvin
Tracey Walker Arnold
Henry Thomas Harry
Carey Hollis Henry
R.G. Armstrong Rigby
Sam Shepard Bailey
LuBelle Camp Miss Beulah
Joe Finnegan Actor
Marvin Gardner Pilot
Lupe Juarez Crescencio, the barkeeper
Jessie Lee Fulton Miss Pud
James Harrell Ticket Taker
Suzi McLaughlin Jean Lester
Bill Thurman Sheriff
Ed Geldart Mr. Calloway

Technical Credits
Jack Fisk Director
Ralf Bode Cinematographer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
John K. Kean Sound/Sound Designer
John J. Lloyd Art Director
Terry Nelson Producer
Joe Tompkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Warschilka Editor
Burt Weissbourd Producer
William D. Wittliff Producer,Screenwriter

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