Across The Tracks is a fast-paced and emotional story of a teenager's coming-of-age after returning home from reform school, and the effects he has on the people around him. Billy (Rick Schroder) finds that he is no longer comfortable with the roles and actions he had previously relished, and so must find new paths to lead him to manhood. His older brother Joe (Brad Pitt), has become dedicated to becoming the top half-mile runner in his high school division, and soon the sibling rivalry manifests itself on the track. Through it all, their mother (Carrie Snodgress) tries to cope with the lives they are leading, and together they learn that life consists of making choices and being ready to stand by them. Rick Schroder is great !!