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Heroes (1977)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  17 November 1977 (USA)
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A Vietnam veteran suffering from post traumatic stress disorder breaks out of a VA hospital and goes on a road trip with a sympathetic traveler to find out what became of the other men in his unit.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bus Driver
Jane Adcox
Dr. Elias
Helen Craig ...
Bus Depot Manager
John P. Finnegan ...
Mr. Munro
Mrs. Munro
Ticket Clerk
Tom Rosqui ...
Patrolman #2
Fred Stuthman ...


It's 4 years since Jack is back from Vietnam, but he still has nightmares. In a bus on his way to California he meets Carol, who just left her fiancée - only 4 days before their wedding, allegedly just for a few days of vacation. Jack happily tells her about his plans to set up a worm farm for fishing baits together with four of his Vietnam ex-comrades. Although he gets on her nerves at the beginning, she starts to care. When one after the other of his friends steps out and Jack looses his optimism, Carol remains as the last support that keeps him from despair. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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Finding the one you love... is finding yourself.


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

17 November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bohaterowie  »

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$3,200,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.85 : 1
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Meryl Streep auditioned for the part of Carol. See more »


When the car driven by Harrison Ford is first shown, it has no front license plate. During the trip to the farm, a front license plate suddenly appears. See more »


Carol Bell: I was against the war. I protested it!
Jack Dunne: And I fought it.
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References Brothers (1977) See more »


Written by Kerry Livgren
Performed by Kansas
Courtesy of Kirshner Records/CBS
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A strong, simple story...
11 February 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Heroes" is not as much about Vietnam vets as it is friendship, the human spirit, loss and dreams.

Winkler plays the vet whose simple dream of starting a worm farm sends him off to find four other vets (including Ford). Fields is the girl he meets on a bus trip and who goes along with him on his journey.

I can't say too much about the movie; this is one film best left to experience on one's own. But if you can find it, watch it till the very end

  • and if you can honestly not watch the final scene then hear Kansas' "Carry

On My Wayward Son" and be moved, something is definitely wrong.

The message may not be earth-moving and the way it reaches it may not be original but "Heroes" still stands by one simple truth - nothing is stronger than the human spirit, nor more fragile.

Nine stars. Watch "Heroes" - be moved.

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