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The Ballad of Andy Crocker (1969)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 18 November 1969
A returning Vietnam veteran finds out that while he was gone his girlfriend has been forced into marrying someone else, his small business is in ruins, and that those he once thought were his friends are in short supply.

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George McCowan

Writer:

Stuart Margolin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Majors ... Andy Crocker
Joey Heatherton ... Lisa
Jimmy Dean ... Mack
Bobby Hatfield Bobby Hatfield ... Joe Bob
Marvin Gaye ... David Owens
Agnes Moorehead ... Lisa's mother
Pat Hingle ... Earl Crocker
Jill Haworth ... Karen
Mimi Dillard Mimi Dillard
Barbara Leigh ... Mia
Claudia Bryar ... Emily Crocker
Lee de Broux ... Johnson
Charlie Briggs Charlie Briggs ... Mr. Paisley
Joe Higgins ... Mr. Bedecker
David Kent
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A returning Vietnam veteran finds out that his girlfriend has been forced into marrying someone else, his small business is in ruins, and friends are in short supply. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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War was tough for Andy. But coming home turned out to be hell.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Balada de Andy Croker See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Generally credited with being the first made-for-television movie with the Vietnam War as its central theme. See more »

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Ballad of Andy Crocker
Music by Murray MacLeod
Lyrics by Stuart Margolin
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Lee Majors coming home from Vietnam almost ten years before "Coming Home" (the movie)
5 December 2018 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Released to TV in 1969, "The Ballad of Andy Crocker" is presumably the first movie to tackle the topic of a Vietnam vet coming home from the war, which didn't become popular until almost a decade later with films like "Coming Home" (1978).

Lee majors stars as the title character, right after his successes in Charlton Heston's "Will Penny" (1967) and, of course, The Big Valley. Unfortunately, this flick's nowhere near as good as "Coming Home." It's a sad sack drama highlighted by the late 60's setting and jaw-dropping beauty of curvy Joey Heatherton (as Lisa). Cutie Jill Haworth is also on hand as a hippie chick in the opening act.

The rest of the cast is also interesting: Motown's Marvin Gaye plays a fellow soldier, Jimmy Dean a dubious business partner and Pat Hingle the dad. Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield and Agnes Moorehead (Endora from Bewitched) even show up.

The film runs 1 hour, 13 minutes and looks like it was shot in California.

GRADE: C+


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