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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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Lamar
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Davie Baer (as Ernie Orsatti)
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Trina Kingman
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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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Instead of a white stallion, he rode a full race, powder blue stocker. See more »

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Trivia

Junior drove 1968 Mustang for moonshine runs, same color as Bullitt Mustang. See more »

Quotes

TV Reporter: How do you see your chances, Kyle?
Kyle Kingman, Driver: You don't think I got the gall to answer a question like that, do ya, in front of famous drivers like Tex Zimmerman, Rick Penny, Davie Baer? So why don't we wait 'til this race is over and the best man's won and I'm standing there kissing the trophy girl? Then you ask me that.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.202 (2011) See more »

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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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