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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.

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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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Wayne Jackson
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 has 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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Trivia

Fictionalized version of Junior Johnson's career as a driver and moonshiner. 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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Referenced in Django Unchained (2012) 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 (United States) – See 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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