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Joseph L. Mankiewicz
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 <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
"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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