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Kyle Hanson is a Vietnam veteran whose traumatic war-time experiences have left him unable to rejoin mainstream society. When Kyle, unkempt and in dirty fatigues, stops in a small town for some food, the local bullies can't wait for an opportunity to harass him. After Kyle uses his Special Forces training to escape the bullies, he becomes the subject of a community-wide manhunt. Only Jenny Bellows, a local girl whose husband was declared missing in action in Vietnam, is willing to give Kyle a chance. Written by
Writer Max Kleven intended the part of young Bobby Bellows to be played by his son. However, his son said that he didn't want to do it, so instead Kleven cast a neighbour's son in the role. See more »
Shots of Kyle driving red pick-up that he escapes in are shown mirrored back-to-front in several shots - the steering wheel is clearly on the wrong side. See more »
Sheriff Jethro Pough:
All right, hold it men. I want to see you all up here.
Whadda ya got, Jethro?
Sheriff Jethro Pough:
I found out who this fella is. His name's Kyle Hansen, just like it said on his jacket. He was in the psycho ward at the Army Hospital in Mobile. Looks like he had a pretty rough time in Vietnam. It appears that he was with a secret unit of the Special Forces. He was captured twice, and escaped twice. Last Fall he was given up for dead after no one had seen him for eight months. He finally walked out of the jungle ...
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The lead, Dirk Benedict, is really cool. There is a lot of comedy in the way he makes monkeys of all of the country rednecks that try to take him out. There is nothing he doesn't know about how to defend and take care of himself. His relationship with the young and delectable Linda Blair is tender and cute.
The country songs, especially "One Day at a Time," complement the hokey, but cool and entertaining story perfectly. The supporting actors, including Ben Johnson and Richard Farsnworth, are great. I've watched the film dozens of time, first when it came out on cable in 1982, and then after 2000, when I bought the VHS tape. You'll really enjoy this film.
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