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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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Burton Colt
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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)
Erica Hagen ...
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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27 July 1973 (USA)  »

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Hard Driver  »

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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

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
Written by Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel
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Hard Driver
5 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite gear head movies.Some really great footage of 311 Speedway and Hickory Speedway.In 1993 I visited 311 Speedway for my first time with a sprint car team to race there.I couldn't believe how I knew just about every inch of the property because of the Last American Hero movie.It was a great experience.This movie captures the vibe that was alive in the early 70's of muscle cars and the will to make it to Winston Cup Racing.It's a fantastic,laid back,country folk,style movie that builds to a dream ending dream!Sam Ard's #00 gets a lot of attention as well as Bobby Allison's #12 owned by Junior Johnson gets a lot of footage as well.Enjoy if you can.I have since 1973....


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