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...tick... tick... tick... (1970)

Racial tensions threaten to explode when a black man is elected sheriff of a small, racially divided town in the Deep South.

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This is the story of a black man who has been elected sheriff in a U.S. southern county, due to the vote of blacks. He receives a huge amount of hostility from the non-tolerant white establishment, making his job very hard. The white former sheriff has his own struggle, as he balances his devotion to the law with his family and community relations. Things come to a head when the black sheriff puts a white man, the son of a wealthy land-owner of a neighboring county, in jail, and his daddy comes after him. Everyone around has to decide where their values really lie. Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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Two men with nothing in common but the hate that surrounds them. See more »

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9 January 1970 (USA)  »

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...Tick... Tick... Tick...  »

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Most of the original soundtrack that was recorded by the Glaser Brothers was removed in 1972 when ...tick...tick...tick... made its television debut. It was redubbed with the 1968 movie soundtrack "A Time To Sing", preformed by Hank Williams Jr. See more »

Goofs

When the sheriff goes to arrest the rapist, he gets into a fight with the rapist and two of his friends. He is able to knock out the 2 friends with one punch each, yet the rapist takes 10 or 12 punches before he is subdued. The 2 friends remain conveniently unconscious until the rapist is cuffed. See more »

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[Last lines]
John Little: Come next November, I'm going to run your legs off.
Jimmy Price: I'm not going to stand for Sheriff next year
John Little: Why not?
Jimmy Price: My brother, he's going to run for Sheriff.
[pause]
Jimmy Price: I'm going to run for Mayor.
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Crazy Credits

A clock is ticking during the opening credits. With each tick one word of the credits is added. See more »

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Referenced in Rich Hall's the Dirty South (2010) See more »

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Where Has All The Love Gone
Words and Music by Chuck Glaser
Sung by Tompall Glaser and The Glaser Brothers
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southern realism
8 December 2006 | by (Morocco) – See all my reviews

This was one of my most memorable movies from when I was a kid. It seems to be about real people, who move from humor to fierce tension back to humor again. Northern organizers help a southern black man get elected sheriff in a small town (which feels like a lot of small towns down south) in the 60's, and he gets to deal with the reality of being elected. The movie sets up quite a few stereotypical characters; for some of them, it knocks down the stereotype, and then for others it lets it stand. People (black and white) in the town have to choose between their traditions, their comfort, and their values, as tensions rise when the new sheriff tries to do his job.

It's not high drama, but it's real.


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