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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 ... Joe Warren
Bernie Casey ... George Harley
Anthony James ... H.C. Tolbert
Dub Taylor ... Junior
Ernest Anderson ... Homer
Karl Swenson ... Frank 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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A black sheriff on the way up. A white sheriff on the way out. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Action

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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 »

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 »

Soundtracks

Woman Woman
Words and Music by Jim Glaser and Jimmy Payne
Sung by Tompall Glaser and The Glaser Brothers
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Unique view of this movie
9 December 2006 | by inkspotusSee all my reviews

I have the unique experience of watching the movie and also watching the movie being made. I am from Sutter county California which is where a great deal of the filming was done. Also, my father had a bit part in this movie. Some of the best memories was during meal times (which was provided by the MGM studios). The filming crew members and actors (my dad also) ate together. During the set meal time My brother got to set on George Kennedy's lap for a short time and interact with several actors. This film did not bring in a lot of money at the box office but was a really good film. Cinematography, direction and acting are great. The message of how the south had(was)having a hard time with accepting racial equality may have been the reason for the movies less than stellar box office attraction...America was tired of the Vietnam War and of the civil rights struggle... it seems that it was time to move on. This is Just my opinion.


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