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Tick, Tick, Tick (1970)

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


Ralph Nelson




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.


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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Two men with nothing in common but the hate that surrounds them. See more »


Drama | Action


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There is no Colusa County in the deep south. Colusa County is in Northern California. See more »


Junior: Unless my calendar's a liar, this is your last day in office. You out on your keister, tomorrow noon. How's if feel havin' a nigger take your job?
John Little: He's voted into office, I was voted out.
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A clock is ticking during the opening credits. With each tick one word of the credits is added. See more »


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What Does It Take
Words and Music by Jim Glaser
Sung by Tompall Glaser and The Glaser Brothers
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In The Heat of The Day
23 July 2014 | by rbrbSee all my reviews

This film is hugely under rated and deserved a clutch of awards.

"Racial tensions threaten to explode when a black man is elected sheriff of a small, racially divided town in the Deep South".

The movie is set in a time when race almost defined a nation. And the picture captures the period brilliantly illustrating the culture, language and music of the era.

There are stand out performances from George Kennedy-surely one of his finest- as the former sheriff coming to terms with unemployment and racism. The town mayor played by Frederic March, who gives a charismatic amusing performance. But the best of all and the one who steal the show is Clifton James who is apparently hostile to the new sheriff but events have a way of changing minds. Where he excels is his ability to convey his thoughts silently, a skill few actors possess.

All the cast are convincing as is the ultimate theme and outcome of the story.

Highly recommended:


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9 January 1970 (USA) See more »

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