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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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Kyle Kingman (as William Smith II)
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Cleve Morley
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Davie Baer (as Ernie Orsatti)
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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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Instead of a white stallion, he rode a full race, powder blue stocker. See more »

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Trivia

The movie depicts Junior's father as being arrested for producing moonshine. In reality, it was Junior himself that was arrested and sentenced. In 1956, federal tax agents found Johnson working at his father's moonshine still in Wilkes County; they arrested him. Many local residents believed the raid was done in revenge for the agent's inability to catch Johnson delivering moonshine on local highways; this is depicted in the movie when we see the local law enforcement busting up his father's still. Junior Johnson was convicted of moon-shining and was sent to prison in Chillicothe, Ohio. He served 11 months of a two-year sentence. See more »

Quotes

Elroy Jackson Sr.: What if you wreck your next one?
Elroy Jackson Jr.: Well I go to work right here.
Elroy Jackson Sr.: Down at the lumber mill, they tell the story about the near-sighted fellow who liked playing around with a buzz saw. Lost one finger. Two. Three. He kept right on playing 'till all five was gone. He looked at his hand and said "I'm beginning to think this here is a losing game."
Elroy Jackson Jr.: That fella sounds like a fool to me.
Elroy Jackson Sr.: Uh-huh. Now it just might be you didn't get my point. If you lose a race, you get other chances. If you lose runnin' ...
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.202 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I Got A Name
Sung by Jim Croce
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Charles Fox
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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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