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The Last American Hero (1973)

 -  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
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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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Fictionalized version of Junior Johnson's career as a driver and moonshiner. See more »

Quotes

Burton Colt: How you've changed. Last time I saw you, you were gonna whip my ass with whatever it by-god takes. Now you want a job.
Elroy Jackson Jr.: [about Colt's racing trophy] Two questions: how long's it been since you won that thing, and do you want more?
Burton Colt: Your manners haven't changed.
Elroy Jackson Jr.: I don't want no job, neither. I work for nothin', take fifty percent of the prize money.
Burton Colt: To begin with, I hire drivers on *my* terms.
Elroy Jackson Jr.: And end up nowhere.
Burton Colt: Where do you get off being so goddamn snotty?
Elroy Jackson Jr.: I know my potential. So do you.
Burton Colt: One race...
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I Got A Name
Sung by Jim Croce
Written by Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel
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Good Bridges performance
24 June 2005 | by (Farmington Hills, MI) – See all my reviews

Very good acting performance by Jeff Bridges. He hit just the right note as the naive, in-over-his-head, but determined and aggressive stock car driver, Junior Jackson.

His performance as a young country kid, trying to break into the big time, with small-time resources, is memorable.

Valerie Perrine is equally good as Marge, the man-starved woman who takes a liking to Junior. She senses he's someone who may be on the way up, while her current beau, successful driver Kyle Kingman, is probably on the way down. To hedge her bets, she makes sure to warm both their beds, to ensure she will be with the guy in the winners circle.

The movie looks, feels and sounds woefully dated, and the production and direction leave something to be desired. There are decent stars in this movie, but it looks like it was made on a shoe-string budget.

Bridges, Perrine, William Smith (as Kingman) and Ed Lauter (as Burton Colt, Junior's car owner) make this work with excellent performances.

A simply made movie, with outstanding characters.


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