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The Pride of Jesse Hallam (1981)

Jesse Hallam, an illiterate coal miner from Kentucky, moves to Cincinnati so that his daughter may receive spinal surgery. Determined to support his family in the city, he decides he must ... See full summary »

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Jesse Hallam
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Marion Galucci
Ben Marley ...
Ted Hallam
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Sal Galucci
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Policeman
Chrystal Smith ...
Jenny Hallam
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Uncle Charley
Linda Bennett ...
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Viola Borden ...
Mrs. Kleeman
Michael Burnham ...
Tully
Tara Cash ...
Student
Malinda Comer ...
Clerk
Ray Comier ...
Trucker
William Dickerson ...
Schofield (as William Dickenson)
Dale Doerman ...
2nd Policeman
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Jesse Hallam, an illiterate coal miner from Kentucky, moves to Cincinnati so that his daughter may receive spinal surgery. Determined to support his family in the city, he decides he must learn how to read and write as an adult, and resolves to graduate from high school. Written by Anonymous

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3 March 1981 (USA)  »

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Uncredited actor Lare Roberts' 1972 Mustang Convertible used in son chase scene. See more »

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Jesse Hallam: You want to do what I've been doin' all my life - runnin' away from words? Well, that's up to you, but you got to know... it's a poverty trade. And right here and now you could be diggin' youself a hole in the bottom of a mountain that you're never goin' to climb back up out of. Well, not me - and not my boy. We're goin' to high school and we're goin' to graduate and nobody or nothin's goin' to stop us. We're going to learn to read.
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I found this movie to be inspiring
16 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am 34 years old and was born and raised in Hopkins Co. Kentucky.. right next to Muhlenberg. I just watched this movie and found it to be very inspirational. It really hit home for me.. literally. I hope others find it so as well. I have always liked Johnny Cash's music, but I hadn't seen him as an actor until now. I am going to be volunteering to help in the literacy program in my area. I see things in a whole new light after watching this movie. I'm damn proud to be from Kentucky. I feel sorry for people who judge a book by it's cover and I hope to make a difference in the lives of others myself. God Bless.. I know He sure has blessed me. MSHC


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