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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Cash ...
Jesse Hallam
Brenda Vaccaro ...
Marion Galucci
Ben Marley ...
Ted Hallam
Eli Wallach ...
Sal Galucci
Guy Boyd ...
Policeman
Chrystal Smith ...
Jenny Hallam
Earl Poole Ball ...
Uncle Charley
Linda Bennett ...
Receptionist
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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Uncle Charley: [as Jesse and his family are getting ready to leave] You show 'em up there!
Jesse Hallam: Thanks. If that coal train starts runnin' again, don't come lookin' for me to blacken my hands in the mines.
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I'm Just An Old Chunk Of Coal
Sung by Johnny Cash
Written by Billy Joe Shaver
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Heartfelt performance by Johnny Cash .............
26 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Illliterate and looking for work in Cincinnatti, Johnny Cash's struggles are many. His Daughter is in the hospital for a back operation, his Son is having problems adjusting to school, and Cash cannot read, so finding a job is a tremendous challenge. Eventually, Eli Wallach gives Cash a chance to work, and also encourages him to seek help for his illiteracy. The performance by Cash is both heartfelt and heartbreaking. This certainly is not a big movie. This certainly is not an often explored subject, but for those looking for strong character development, along with some good acting, "The Pride of Jesse Hallam" will reward. - MERK


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