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...tick... tick... tick... (1970)

Racial tensions threaten to explode when a black man is elected Sheriff of a small, racially divided town in the deep south.

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Ralph Nelson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Brown ... Jimmy Price
George Kennedy ... John Little
Fredric March ... Mayor Jeff Parks
Lynn Carlin ... Julia Little
Don Stroud ... Bengy Springer
Janet MacLachlan ... Mary Price
Richard Elkins Richard Elkins ... Bradford Wilkes
Clifton James ... D.J. Rankin
Robert Random ... John Braddock (as Bob Random)
Mills Watson ... Deputy Joe Warren
Bernie Casey ... George Harley
Anthony James ... H.C. Tolbert
Dub Taylor ... Junior
Ernest Anderson ... Homer
Karl Swenson ... Braddock Sr.
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Storyline

This is the story of a black man who has been elected sheriff in a U.S. southern county, due to the vote of blacks. He receives a huge amount of hostility from the non-tolerant white establishment, making his job very hard. The white former sheriff has his own struggle, as he balances his devotion to the law with his family and community relations. Things come to a head when the black sheriff puts a white man, the son of a wealthy land-owner of a neighboring county, in jail, and his daddy comes after him. Everyone around has to decide where their values really lie. Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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What happens in a Southern town when law and order is in the hands of a black man? See more »

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Drama | Action

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...Tick... Tick... Tick... See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,235,600
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the original soundtrack that was recorded by the Glaser Brothers was removed in 1972 when this movie made its television debut. It was redubbed with the soundtrack from A Time to Sing (1968), performed by Hank Williams, Jr. See more »

Quotes

Bradford Wilkes: You know, Jim, over in Nam, I got to be pretty close with some of the white boys in my detachment. They needed me. And I needed them. One day, on patrol, we got in a fire fight with Charley. It was a miracle that we got out of it alive. When we did, one of the white boys came up to me, through his arms around me and he hugged me tight. He was so happy.
Jimmy Price: Man, you know, I've been there before too.
Bradford Wilkes: Wait a minute. When my tour was up and I was on leave, coming home, he came up to me again and he ...
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Crazy Credits

A clock is ticking during the opening credits. With each tick one word of the credits is added. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Castle: Tick, Tick, Tick... (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

California Girl And The Tennessee Square
Words and Music by Jack Clement
Sung by Tompall Glaser and The Glaser Brothers
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Quite Good, But tackles it's subject matter to strongly.
5 March 2004 | by sebaveron2001See all my reviews

tick...tick...tick..., is a really good film in some ways, well if it had been in the right hands it would have been fantastic, one of the films problems is the bad screenplay and the cheaply used colour which makes it look dated and cheesy, which at times it is. However it tackles it's subject matter considerably well, though at times too strongly. Also, Jim Brown (The Dirty Dozen) gives a good performance as the police officer, who becomes along with his sidekick (who is being a policeman so he can get married) get dollops of racial abuse dropped on them by a guy who looks like Sean William Scott (From American Pie), though this was 29 years before. Good for it's targeted audience, but dull for many.

Slightly Under-rated, **1/2 out of ****


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