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The Last American Hero (1973)

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

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Elroy Jackson Jr.
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Marge
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Mrs. Jackson
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Hackel
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Art Lund ...
Elroy Jackson Sr.
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Burton Colt
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Kyle Kingman (as William Smith II)
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Cleve Morley
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Lamar
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Davie Baer (as Ernie Orsatti)
Erica Hagen ...
Trina Kingman
Jimmy Murphy ...
Spud (as James Murphy)
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Rick Penny
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A young hellraiser quits his moonshine business to try to become the best NASCAR racer the south had ever seen.

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It took him 20 years to find out who he was and 2 laps to let the world know.

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Drama | Sport

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Junior Johnson himself served as technical advisor for the film. See more »

Quotes

Burton Colt: You know, in today's world, you gotta obey rules and regulations. Now as far as the terms of your employment...
Elroy Jackson Jr.: [grabs his first-place trophy from Colt] I reckon this gives me a pretty fat hand, Colt, against you or anybody else I wanna race for.
Burton Colt: You don't have a hand. You have a bad history, boy. If you're my driver, I sign the checks, I run the show, you drive. That's how the big boys play this game. Now are you in or out?
Elroy Jackson Jr.: Well I got another game for you. It goes something like this: my crew, ...
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I Got A Name
Sung by Jim Croce
Written by Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel
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The Cradle of a Nascar driver
28 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is what any NASCAR fan should see.

From the simple fact that not every driver comes with a clean background. You have to do what it takes to live. With that in mind and not giving the story away Jeff Bridges character Junior Jackson does what it takes to make the money. And that of course but racing. From the lower circuits to the higher ones This is kind of a fast pace movie, but its kind of dry. For the viewer that can sit threw the slow times and watch a movie for how a movie should be (for the story) you will enjoy it.

A good underrated movie, and I recommend you see it.


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