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Some Kind of Hero (1982)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  2 April 1982 (USA)
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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.

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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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The Army is doing it to him in the daytime. His wife isn't doing it to him at night. And his girlfriend charges him by the hour. Richard Pryor keeps getting caught with his pants down. 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  »

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

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$20,400,486 (USA)
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The film was intended to be a straight drama but during production the studio executives demanded that Richard Pryor do comedic scenes as well. See more »

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Some Kind of Hero
Music by Patrick Williams
Lyrics by Will Jennings
Sung by Richard Pryor
Produced by Bill Schnee
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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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