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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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Burton Colt
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Davie Baer (as Ernie Orsatti)
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Trina Kingman
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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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The movie's theme song "I GOT A NAME", written by Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel won the 1973 Young New York Film Critics Award for "Best Song Of The Year". Months after the film's release, it was re-released under the title "I Got A Name". The song was not Oscar Nominated, though it did make it into the top 10 that year in the days when they had pre-nominations. See more »

Quotes

Burton Colt: Junior, you got the talent and I got the bankroll. Now how many loads of white lighting you think it's gonna take to get you back running?
Elroy Jackson Jr.: How much it gonna take you? I just gotta replace my car. You gotta find a new shoe who ain't got chickenshit in his veins.
Burton Colt: Woo, you a hard case, kid.
Elroy Jackson Jr.: Colt, I'm gonna whip your ass, along with everybody else. My car don't hold out, I'm gonna footrace with you!
Burton Colt: What about arm wrestling?
Elroy Jackson Jr.: Whatever it by-god takes.
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I Got A Name
Sung by Jim Croce
Written by Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel
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A Real Legendary Movie
6 October 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is what the Dukes of Hazzard could have been,or at least this help inspired the Dukes.Junior Jackson drives a Mustang fastback,he runs moonshine in it,he outruns the revenoors in it,he races it on the track (sorta like the General Lee?).When his racing ambition outgrows the Mustang,he buys a Chevy (ugg) and proceeds to move on to an established team.This is the story of Junior Johnson,long time NASCAR racer and car owner.His family runs moonshine,but is trying to conform to modern tastes.Juniors talent makes him a star,and catches the eye of cute in the face V Perrine.A very southern story,a very southern feel,a great big slice of a time gone by.Bridges is excellent as Junior.Don't think anybody could have done as well.His smirks and facial expressions (or lack thereof) are classic.Very underrated film.Should have been given more attention.


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