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Some Kind of Hero (1982)

A Vietnam vet returns home from a prisoner of war camp and is greeted as a hero, but is quickly forgotten and soon discovers how tough survival is in his own country.

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Michael Pressman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Pryor ... Eddie Keller
Margot Kidder ... Toni
Ray Sharkey ... Vinnie
Ronny Cox ... Colonel Powers
Lynne Moody ... Lisa
Olivia Cole ... Jesse
Paul Benjamin ... Leon
David Adams David Adams ... The Kid
Martin Azarow Martin Azarow ... Tank
Shelly Batt Shelly Batt ... Olivia
Susan Berlin Susan Berlin ... Jeanette
Mary Betten Mary Betten ... Lady Teller
Herbie Braha Herbie Braha ... Honcho #2 (as Herb Braha)
Anthony Charnota Anthony Charnota ... Base Commander (as Anthony R. Charnota)
Matt Clark ... Mickey
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Storyline

A Vietnam vet returns home from a prisoner of war camp and is greeted as a hero, but is quickly forgotten and soon discovers how tough survival is in his own country. Written by JD-2 <Badge19@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Richard Pryor is in a new kind of comedy...about some kind of hero...in some kind of mess. [USA theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apuros e Trapalhadas de um Herói See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,631,293, 4 April 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,671,186
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first of two movies scored by Patrick Williams that featured two of comedy's top superstars. Richard Pryor in this movie, and subsequently, Best Defense (1984), starring Eddie Murphy, which was filming during the time this movie was released, and released by the same studio as this movie. Murphy got off to hot start with 48 Hrs. (1982), which was released by Paramount Pictures during Christmastime 1982, at the same time as Pryor's comedy, The Toy (1982) was released by Columbia Pictures. Murphy's movie became a blockbuster, and Pryor was a solid performer during this time frame with Murphy gaining great critical accolades from critics, and being touted as the heir to Pryor's comedic throne. Murphy and Pryor worked together on Harlem Nights (1989), on which Murphy wrote and directed for Paramount Pictures, which was one of his final movies on-screen before his health seriously started to deteriorate, and would be notable in Another You (1991), co-starring the late Gene Wilder. See more »

Goofs

If the idea was to set up the protagonist, Eddie Keller, to be killed during the trade, why the gangsters bring any money?

This becomes even more unclear as the gangsters specifically state and plan on murdering him in advance of the actual meeting, rendering the need to bring any payment due to him irrelevant. See more »


Soundtracks

Moon River
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Great film up until about the middle
29 May 2000 | by pwmosesSee all my reviews

This film starts off like an extremely poignant drama. The bond between Richard Pryor and Ray Sharkey in the POW camp is seamlessly acted. The musical score by Patrick Williams is outstanding and very sad. The films middle is just as good, with very moving parts with Pryor returning from war to deal with problems with his mother, his wife, and his life. However, after this the film goes awry. The films keeps its respectability however, because Pryor is such a good actor.


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