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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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Marge
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Mrs. Jackson
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Wayne Jackson
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Burton Colt
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Lamar
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Davie Baer (as Ernie Orsatti)
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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. See more »

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Valerie Perrine, who played Marge, would co-star with Ned Beatty, who played Hackel, again in the movie Superman. 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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I Got A Name
Sung by Jim Croce
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Charles Fox
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"It's the old saying about..."
31 December 2008 | by (Minneapolis, MN, USA) – See all my reviews

Jeff Bridges stars in this fact-based movie as Junior Jackson, a former moonshine runner who goes straight from the back roads of the Carolinas to the muddy dirt tracks of NASCAR in an era when the sport was hardly known north of the Mason-Dixon line and the drivers liked their cars fast and their women even faster.

There was an old saying that NASCAR never did condone fighting amongst the drivers, but I can see where they got the saying that, "If you have to do it, though, make sure it's at the start-finish line." I did a little research on Jackson's career and the story here holds to the fact that he wasn't one of the "cleanest" drivers in NASCAR, but it does help to have that little bit of controversy among your driver(s) when it comes to putting butts in the grandstands. I was fortunate enough to visit the Legends of Racing Museum in Daytona a few weeks ago and met Jack Anderson, a former driver from that era, and I listened to some of the stories surrounding the times and it seems that everything holds true, which makes this a film portrayed very well in every sense of the word. If you're a fan of stock car driving at any level, this movie is for you! 8 out of 10 stars!


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