...tick... tick... tick... (1970)

G  |   |  Drama, Action  |  9 January 1970 (USA)
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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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Robert Random ...
John Braddock (as Bob Random)
Anthony James ...
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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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9 January 1970 (USA)  »

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...Tick... Tick... Tick...  »

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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 »


[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.
Jimmy Price: I'm going to run for Mayor.
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A clock is ticking during the opening credits. With each tick one word of the credits is added. See more »


Featured in Jim Brown: All American (2002) See more »


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Words and Music by Jim Glaser
Sung by Tompall Glaser and The Glaser Brothers
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28 June 1999 | by (Chelsea, OK (USA)) – See all my reviews

Jim Brown takes over as a sheriff of a racially segregated southern town from George Kennedy in the 50's. Excellent human nature study of the time when a turn of events forces Brown to seek Kennedy's assistance with a tense situation. Outstanding performances by the entire cast. Believe Kennedy and Brown fans would be impressed with this film.

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