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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.

Director:

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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...Tick... Tick... Tick... See more »

Filming Locations:

Colusa, California, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Actor Fredrick March ( the mayor ) died April 14, 1977, that was 7 years and 95 days after the release of Tick Tick Tick on January 9 1970. See more »

Goofs

When the sheriff goes to arrest the rapist, he gets into a fight with the rapist and two of his friends. He is able to knock out the 2 friends with one punch each, yet the rapist takes 10 or 12 punches before he is subdued. The 2 friends remain conveniently unconscious until the rapist is cuffed. See more »

Quotes

[Last lines]
John Little: Come next November, I'm going to run your legs off.
Jimmy Price: I'm not going to stand for Sheriff next year
John Little: Why not?
Jimmy Price: My brother, he's going to run for Sheriff.
[pause]
Jimmy Price: I'm going to run for Mayor.
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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 The Joe Namath Show: Episode #1.3 (1969) See more »

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Why Do You Do Me Like You Do
Words and Music by John Hartford
Sung by Tompall Glaser and The Glaser Brothers
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new old south
6 March 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's the last day for small town Sheriff John Little (George Kennedy) in the deep south. He's been voted out as the negro population help elect Jimmy Price (Jim Brown). A couple of arrests threaten to set the simmering racial tension to a boil.

Jim Brown is a limited actor. He's help by the great George Kennedy. The white kid is good villain material. The movie doesn't need the balancing from the black prisoner. It's more compelling to concentrate on the Braddock kid. The black prisoner seems to be there only to show Jimmy's impartiality. There is potential for higher tension and more intense confrontations. There are comedic tones which are ill-fitting. All in all, I like the feel of the characters and their reactions to their situations.


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