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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)
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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 ... Admissions Clerk
Arnold Johnson Arnold Johnson ... Patient
Barbara Alston Barbara Alston ... Girl Friend
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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

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1978 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield and Kevin Hooks all starred together in the 1972 movie "Sounder". Cicely and Paul played a married couple in both movies. Although Kevin Hooks played their son in "Sounder", he played the neighborhood dope pusher in "A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich". See more »

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

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Something To Feel Good
Written by Tom McIntosh
Performed by The Hubert Laws Group
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Realistic, Excellent, Gritty
16 June 2005 | by MarilynCHSee all my reviews

~10 Stars! This is an excellent portrait of a family in the ghetto just trying to make it, with many temptations along the way including drugs & crime. Larry B. Scott does a fantastic portrayal of "Benjie"--a good student turned junkie. He sure shows a great acting range, in a role that would be tough for anyone to play, let alone a teenager. I would love to see Scott in more roles. Of course, Cicely Tyson is wonderful as his caring mother & also Paul Winfield as his "stepfather." A special notice should also go to Helen Martin (of 227 & also Good Times fame, as Wanda). All in all, a realistic film about a family dealing with some very tough & trying issues.


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