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A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich (1978)

PG | | Drama | 3 February 1978 (USA)
Benjie is a troubled teen in Los Angeles, living with his grandmother, mother, and her new boyfriend. Traumatized by his father's desertion and the situation at home, Benjie gets introduced... See full summary »

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Sweets
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Butler
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Benjie
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Mrs. Bell
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Nigeria
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Cohen
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Tiger
Kenneth Green ...
Jimmy Lee
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Doctor
Erin Blunt ...
Carwell
Arthur French ...
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Bartender
Sheila Wills ...
Admissions Clerk
Arnold Johnson ...
Patient
Barbara Alston ...
Girl Friend
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Benjie is a troubled teen in Los Angeles, living with his grandmother, mother, and her new boyfriend. Traumatized by his father's desertion and the situation at home, Benjie gets introduced to heroin. The downward spiral begins. At school he faces conflict between the two teachers he respects: Nigeria who emphasizes African history and is hostile to white teachers like Mr. Cohen, who pursues racial harmony. Benjie's family must come to terms with the devastation he has created in his life and make changes which affect them all. Written by jeaneva

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Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield and Kevin Hooks all starred together in the 1972 movie "Sounder". Cicely and Paul played a married couple in both movies. Although Kevin Hooks played their son in "Sounder", he played the neighborhood dope pusher in "A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich". See more »

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Referenced in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

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I'm Your Fool (Butler's Theme)
Written by Tom McIntosh
Performed by The Hubert Laws Group
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A Timeless and heartwarming family film
22 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A timeless lesser known film from the 1970's. Its true this film was made over 27 years ago but the storyline subject matter is more relevant today than ever. Its a shame that many do not have the opportunity of viewing this film. I recommend this film to anyone who wants to understand on how drug abuse can affect your family and friends. Cicely Tyson and Paul Winfield performance was very warm, heart felt and exceptional. It is amazing on how they co-starred many films together. Its like the perfect combination on how to balance out character film development. I saw this film when I was younger and now I have viewed it with my children. There needs to more films like this to help families that have been victimized by drug abuse.


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