7.0/10
167
4 user 9 critic

A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich (1978)

PG | | Drama | 3 February 1978 (USA)
Benjie is a troubled teen in Los Angeles, living with his grandmother, mother, and her new boyfriend. Traumatized by his father's desertion and the situation at home, Benjie gets introduced... See full summary »

Director:

Ralph Nelson

Writers:

Alice Childress (novel), Alice Childress (screenplay)
Reviews
3 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

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
Stars: Jim Brown, George Kennedy, Fredric March
Embryo (1976)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A scientist doing experiments on a human fetus discovers a method to accelerate the fetus into a mature adult in just a few days. However, the "adult" fetus turns into a homicidal psycho ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Rock Hudson, Barbara Carrera, Diane Ladd
Counterpoint (1968)
Drama | Music | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A famous orchestra conductor is captured by the Germans in WW2, and is forced to perform at private concerts for the Nazi generals.

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Charlton Heston, Maximilian Schell, Kathryn Hays
Soldier Blue (1970)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After a cavalry patrol is ambushed by the Cheyenne, the two survivors, a soldier and a woman, must reach the safety of the nearest fort.

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Candice Bergen, Peter Strauss, Donald Pleasence
Drama | Thriller | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In Apache territory, a supply Army column heads for the next fort, an ex-scout searches for the killer of his Indian wife, and a housewife abandons her husband in order to rejoin her Apache lover's tribe.

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: James Garner, Sidney Poitier, Bibi Andersson
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Mountain Rivera, a punchy has-been managed by the unprincipled Maish, is mauled in a fight and forced to quit boxing. Can his devoted cutman and a sympathetic social worker help him find a ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney
Once a Thief (1965)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

San Francisco ex-con Eddie Pedak wants to go straight but local cop Mike Vido, motivated by a personal vendetta, keeps harassing him while Eddie's brother, Walter, wants Eddie for one last major heist.

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Alain Delon, Ann-Margret, Van Heflin
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The bond of friendship between a worldly-wise Army Master Sergeant and his naive worshiper.

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Steve McQueen, Jackie Gleason, Tuesday Weld
Adventure | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Set in the 1920s, several foreigners held by a South American military group are offered possible freedom if they accept to topple a local crazed military leader.

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Frank Langella, Rita Hayworth
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A black anti-Apartheid activist and a British engineer are forced to run from South African Secret Police.

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Michael Caine, Nicol Williamson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Homer Smith returns to the chapel which, years before, he helped to build to find that the nuns have taken in a group of homeless/unwanted/runaway children. Once again, he is inspired by ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Billy Dee Williams, Maria Schell, Fay Hauser
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In New York City, a young black boy and Puerto Rican girl fall in love despite objections from each other's families.

Director: Gordon Parks Jr.
Stars: Moses Gunn, Kevin Hooks, Irene Cara
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cicely Tyson ... Sweets
Paul Winfield ... Butler
Larry B. Scott ... Benjie
Helen Martin ... Mrs. Bell
Glynn Turman ... Nigeria
David Groh ... Cohen
Kevin Hooks ... Tiger
Kenneth Green Kenneth Green ... Jimmy Lee
Harold Sylvester ... Doctor
Erin Blunt Erin Blunt ... Carwell
Arthur French Arthur French ... Security Guard
Bill Cobbs ... Bartender
Sheila Wills Sheila Wills ... Admissions Clerk
Arnold Johnson Arnold Johnson ... Patient
Barbara Alston Barbara Alston ... Girl Friend
Edit

Storyline

Benjie is a troubled teen in Los Angeles, living with his grandmother, mother, and her new boyfriend. Traumatized by his father's desertion and the situation at home, Benjie gets introduced to heroin. The downward spiral begins. At school he faces conflict between the two teachers he respects: Nigeria who emphasizes African history and is hostile to white teachers like Mr. Cohen, who pursues racial harmony. Benjie's family must come to terms with the devastation he has created in his life and make changes which affect them all. Written by jeaneva

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Final film of Claire Brennen. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Leave You Sweets
Written by Tom McIntosh
Performed by The Hubert Laws Group
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Timeless and heartwarming family film
22 June 2005 | by stevbullSee all my reviews

A timeless lesser known film from the 1970's. Its true this film was made over 27 years ago but the storyline subject matter is more relevant today than ever. Its a shame that many do not have the opportunity of viewing this film. I recommend this film to anyone who wants to understand on how drug abuse can affect your family and friends. Cicely Tyson and Paul Winfield performance was very warm, heart felt and exceptional. It is amazing on how they co-starred many films together. Its like the perfect combination on how to balance out character film development. I saw this film when I was younger and now I have viewed it with my children. There needs to more films like this to help families that have been victimized by drug abuse.


14 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed