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The River Pirates (1988)

Good Old Boy: A Delta Boyhood (original title)
A timeless story of a boy's adventures growing up in a small Southern town, Yazoo City in the 1940s during World War II, roaming with his friends, playing practical jokes, and getting into trouble.

Director:

Tom G. Robertson

Writers:

Paul W. Cooper, Willie Morris (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Farnsworth ... Percy
Ryan Francis ... Willie
Gennie James ... Rivers Applewhite
Douglas Emerson ... Spit
Devin Ratray ... Bubba
Kevin Joseph Kevin Joseph ... Henjie
Ben Wylie Ben Wylie ... Billy
Dulé Hill ... Robert E. Lee
Jordan Marder ... Buster
Dixie K. Wade Dixie K. Wade ... Mamie
Caryn West ... Mrs. Morris
Richard Council ... Mr. Morris
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Aunt Sue
Anne Ramsey ... The Hag
Ralph Waite ... Narrator
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A timeless story of a boy's adventures growing up in a small Southern town, Yazoo City in the 1940s during World War II, roaming with his friends, playing practical jokes, and getting into trouble.

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Willie and his friends found the adventure of a lifetime searching for...


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PG
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Trivia

Devin Ratray and Anne Ramsey both worked with Chris Colombus. Devin Ratray went onto play Buzz McAllister in Chris Colombus's hit 1990 comedy "Home Alone" and Anne Ramsey had played Mama Fratelli in the 1985 adventure film "The Goonies", which Chris Colombus co-wrote the screenplay. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Morris: [adolescent Willie Morris is beginning to contemplate the mystery of girls, when his father notices him in front of the bathroom mirror one day] What are you doin' gettin' all slicked up for?
Willie: [nervous] N-nothin' special, Daddy. Just goin' crawdad-huntin' with Spit 'n...
Mr. Morris: [with gentle understanding, he interrupts his son] Mmm-hmmm. Spit likes to see you with your hair combed, does he? Put a dab of that cologne on, too, so's you smell real good for Spit.
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, there is a caption that reads: "Anne Ramsey 1927 - 1988. This was to be Anne's last film. All of us in the cast and crew are saddened by her death... and are very honored to have worked with this outstanding actress." Anne Ramsey passed away after production was completed on the film. See more »

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Featured in No Small Parts: Anne Ramsey (2014) See more »

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Made me feel like a kid again
25 May 2002 | by ironchain15See all my reviews

I did not grow up in the South, but I did grow up in what was once a small town. Watching this movie made me feel like a kid again. I envy Willie Morris for getting the opportunity to grow up in a small southern town, something I have always longed for. I had friends that were pretty much like Willie's friends too.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The River Pirates See more »

Filming Locations:

Church Hill, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Color
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