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The Last American Hero (1973)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 27 July 1973 (USA)
A young hellraiser quits his moonshine business to try to become the best NASCAR racer the south has ever seen.

Director:

Lamont Johnson

Writers:

Tom Wolfe (articles), William Roberts
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jeff Bridges ... Elroy Jackson Jr.
Valerie Perrine ... Marge
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Mrs. Jackson
Ned Beatty ... Hackel
Gary Busey ... Wayne Jackson
Art Lund ... Elroy Jackson Sr.
Ed Lauter ... Burton Colt
William Smith ... Kyle Kingman (as William Smith II)
Gregory Walcott ... Cleve Morley
Tom Ligon ... Lamar
Ernie F. Orsatti ... Davie Baer (as Ernie Orsatti)
Erica Hagen Erica Hagen ... Trina Kingman
Jimmy Murphy Jimmy Murphy ... Spud (as James Murphy)
Lane Smith ... Rick Penny
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Storyline

A young hellraiser quits his moonshine business to try to become the best NASCAR racer the south has ever seen.

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Instead of a white stallion, he rode a full race, powder blue stocker. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard Driver See more »

Filming Locations:

Concord, North Carolina, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The track announcer shown at Hickory is former NASCAR Champion Ned Jarrett but his voice is overdubbed by someone else. See more »

Goofs

When the movie starts, Junior is driving a Mustang with a police band radio but there is no antenna on the car that would work on police band frequencies. See more »

Quotes

Elroy Jackson Jr.: You make a move on me, I'll rip his lip off and give it to you for a key ring.
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.202 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I Got A Name
Sung by Jim Croce
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Charles Fox
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This film reveals how bad the Hollywood action movie has become 30 years later.
5 August 2005 | by bjeffreysmithSee all my reviews

I watched this movie today on AMC and loved it. I don't know how well the film was received upon release, but in light of the current Hollywood narrative for action movies, Last American Hero deserves appreciation. It should definitely be considered an American classic.

The movie is a docu-drama based on the few years in the life of Junior Johnson, a famous stock car racer. A young Jeff Bridges brings the main character to life with a great performance, inspired and entertaining. The supporting cast is also excellent with Gary Busey as the brother and Valerie Perrine as the love interest.

All the elements of a great movie that time forgot: thrilling racing scenes, three-dimensional characters, humor, a complicated plot, and so on.. It's a shame that action movies today don't sacrifice some of the explosions, blood, and high-tech props for the type of entertainment and engrossment that Last American Hero delivers.


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