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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Hallam
Marion Galucci
Ben Marley ...
Ted Hallam
Sal Galucci
Chrystal Smith ...
Jenny Hallam
Uncle Charley
Linda Bennett ...
Viola Borden ...
Mrs. Kleeman
Michael Burnham ...
Tara Cash ...
Malinda Comer ...
Ray Comier ...
William Dickerson ...
Schofield (as William Dickenson)
Dale Doerman ...
2nd Policeman


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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[last lines]
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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Sung by Johnny Cash
Written by John Prine
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A hidden diamond!
20 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this DVD as a double-feature with "Five Minutes to Live," another B-movie made by Johnny Cash, in the impulse-buy section at Wal-Mart. It was only $1, and I had never heard of either of these movies, but I said, "Why not? It's only $1, and I love Johnny Cash." I brought it home, and immediately put it in the DVD player. From the very beginning, I was so captured by it! Cash did an excellent job at this character, and I even found myself getting teary-eyed during his job-searching scenes. I recommend EVERYONE see this movie! It can really hit close to home, and make you consider what life would be like in his position.

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