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Norwood (1970)

A Vietnam veteran returns to his Texas home but feels restless and decides to become a radio singer. Based on the novel by Charles Portis.


Jack Haley Jr.
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Glen Campbell ... Norwood Pratt
Kim Darby ... Rita Lee Chipman
Joe Namath ... Joe William Reese
Carol Lynley ... Yvonne Phillips
Pat Hingle ... Grady Fring
Tisha Sterling ... Marie
Dom DeLuise ... Bill Bird
Leigh French ... Vernell Bird
Meredith MacRae ... Kay
Sammy Jackson Sammy Jackson ... Wayne T.E.B. Walker
Billy Curtis ... Edmund B. Ratner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edith Atwater ... Angry Bus Passenger
Jimmy Boyd ... Jeeter
Virginia Capers ... Ernestine
Cass Daley ... Mrs. Remley


A Vietnam veteran returns to his Texas home but feels restless and decides to become a radio singer. Based on the novel by Charles Portis.

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Its 'Goodtime Glen' and 'Super Joe'... doin' what they do best!




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Release Date:

24 September 1970 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rapariga do Autocarro See more »

Filming Locations:

Covelo, California, USA

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Production Co:

Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Color (Technicolor)
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Bummin' and thumbin'
19 August 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Hillbilly comedy casts Glen Campbell as Norwood, a U.S. Marine returned home from service, who finds life changed--and not for the better--in his Texas hometown. He has his sights on playing guitar and singing country music for a program called the Louisiana Hayride, and travels cross-country to New York City for an audition (this section of the movie, with Norwood in a cowboy hat walking the big city streets, feels like a G-rated version of "Midnight Cowboy"). The details in this scrubbed-clean scenario aren't rich and the characters Norwood meets on his journey aren't vividly drawn. Feature film debut for director Jack Haley, Jr. has warmth and a big heart, but no substance. Campbell keeps his face slack (like a rube) and his manners polite, and he's appealing if fidgety. Producer Hal B. Wallis reunites Campbell with his "True Grit" co-star Kim Darby, and the two have a warm rapport (especially in the scene at the food counter). Football star Joe Namath makes his acting debut as a soldier, Billy Curtis is fun as a little person who becomes Norwood's traveling companion, and there's also a college-educated chicken (don't ask). Adapted from a novel by Charles Portis (the author of "True Grit") from "Grit"'s screenwriter, Marguerite Roberts; however, there's nothing gritty about this yokel fantasy, which is completely out-of-touch with reality and presented only as escapist fare. ** from ****

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