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WALKAWAY JOE follows the lives of Joe Haley and Dallas McCarthy, a road weary loner and a fourteen year-old boy, thrown together in this story about fathers and sons. When Dallas’ pool-hustling father abandons his family, Dallas takes to his bicycle and goes on the road after him. No stranger to the bar scene or the world of pool hustling himself, Dallas is determined to confront his father and bring him home. Enter Joe Haley, a drifter wrestling with a past he’d rather forget. Feeling responsible for the boy’s safety, Joe reluctantly becomes the boy’s protector. From the pool halls of Louisiana, through fights with bar drunks, visits to ex-wives, and threats from loan sharks hot on his father’s trail, Dallas and Joe push each other’s buttons, but ultimately forge a sort of father-son relationship of their own. It all leads to a climactic nine-ball tournament where Dallas must face down his delinquent father, and a wedding where Joe is forced to confront the son he abandoned long ago. In the end, Dallas comes to understand what it means to be true to yourself and Joe becomes a mentor to the boy in a way neither father could ever be to their own sons.
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