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Some Kind of Hero (1982)

A Vietnam vet returns home from a prisoner of war camp and is greeted as a hero, but is quickly forgotten and soon discovers how tough survival is in his own country.

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Eddie Keller
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Toni
Ray Sharkey ...
Vinnie
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Colonel Powers
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Lisa
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Jesse
Paul Benjamin ...
Leon
David Adams ...
The Kid
Martin Azarow ...
Tank
Shelly Batt ...
Olivia
Susan Berlin ...
Jeanette
Mary Betten ...
Lady Teller
Herbie Braha ...
Honcho #2 (as Herb Braha)
Anthony Charnota ...
Base Commander (as Anthony R. Charnota)
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Mickey
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A Vietnam vet returns home from a prisoner of war camp and is greeted as a hero, but is quickly forgotten and soon discovers how tough survival is in his own country. Written by JD-2 <Badge19@hotmail.com>

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Richard Pryor is in a new kind of comedy...about some kind of hero...in some kind of mess. [USA theatrical] See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | War

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2 April 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apuros e Trapalhadas de um Herói  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,631,293 (USA) (2 April 1982)

Gross:

$20,400,486 (USA)
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Trivia

Star Richard Pryor was two years older than actress Olivia Cole who portrayed his mother Jesse. See more »

Goofs

If the idea was to set up the protagonist, Eddie Keller, to be killed during the trade, why the gangsters bring any money?

This becomes even more unclear as the gangsters specifically state and plan on murdering him in advance of the actual meeting, rendering the need to bring any payment due to him irrelevant. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Silver Bells
Written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
Sung by Bing Crosby
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One of Pryor's more thoughtful performances...but a good central idea is diffused by too many targets
7 October 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

After five years as a Prisoner of War in Hanoi, Army Corporal Richard Pryor is rescued and returns to the States a hero (he makes the evening news after a journalist suggests he bend and kiss the ground). Still, heroes don't linger long in a busy world, and soon Pryor is fighting for his self-worth after the government turns their back on him and his wife admits she's moved on with her life. Serio-comic adaptation of James Kirkwood Jr.'s novel by Kirkwood and Robert Boris makes an uneasy vehicle for the star, who is encouraged to go deeper as an actor yet still retain his naughty persona and signature foul mouth. The character's imprisonment under the Vietcong takes up thirty minutes of screen-time (far too long), while the limply dramatic stuff with the unfaithful Mrs. chews up another ten. Pryor has some strong scenes here and there, but he's relying on externals to get him through. He allows himself to be vulnerable and loving, and this works up to a point, yet the feel-good ending is a cheat (larceny cures all!) and a romance with Beverly Hills hooker Margot Kidder (who appears to have no other clients) is rather unlikely. ** from ****


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