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Night of Courage (1987)

A young man is beaten to death. Now it's believed that he sought out sanctuary in the house of a man (Hughes), and that the man threw him out. And it's also believed that the boy being ... See full summary »


Elliot Silverstein


Bryan Williams (play), Bryan Williams (teleplay)


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Credited cast:
Pat Bowie Pat Bowie ... Nurse
Ramiro Darrillo Ramiro Darrillo ... Reporter
Kevin Dunn ... Policeman
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Abby Abelsen
Holly Fulger ... Karen
Irene González Irene González ... Mrs. Ortiz
David Hernandez David Hernandez ... Angel Ortiz
Sunnie Hikawa Sunnie Hikawa ... TV Reporter
Tom Hodges ... Rob
Barnard Hughes ... Abner Abelsen
Daniel Hugh Kelly ... Paul Forrest
Alana King ... Beth
Kurt Naebig ... Walt
Tony Olivieri Tony Olivieri ... Miguel
Alba Oms Alba Oms ... Carla Gonzalez


A young man is beaten to death. Now it's believed that he sought out sanctuary in the house of a man (Hughes), and that the man threw him out. And it's also believed that the boy being Hispanic was probably part of a gang and that the whole thing was gang related, so the police don't consider any need to investigate the incident. But a teacher (Kelly) doesn't believe this, and sets out to find out what happened that night by talking to the man, but he doesn't want to talk about it. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

12 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In This Fallen City See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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1.33 : 1
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I have it on tape too!! Night Of Courage!
25 December 2004 | by tony-692See all my reviews

This is a great film. It shows the misconceptions and racial problems that face society today. It's a sad story that shows that even in a town where every Unfounded prejudice and bad assumptions are evident, things are not always as they might be perceived. When David Hernandez or the character Angel Ortiz pretends to be the old man (Bernard Hughes) by imitating his voice solely to protect the old man and woman (Geraldine Fitzgerald) was truly a sacrifice within it's own story line meaning.

David Hernandez is also mentioned in the TV Guide of that time period where Tom Hodges (Lili Taylors TV racist gang bang brother)explained that at a Humbolt park night shoot there was to be a gang war that even the Chicago Police warned about, The production company was told to pack it up for the night by the authorities "It would be too dangerous to film". David Hernandez took the incredible risk that very night, to meet separately with the two gang leaders at war and negotiated a truce for the night, David Hernandez is a die hard Latin Male who believes in himself and the betterment of the Hispanic community and all communities as a whole. This was truly a real life Night of Courage if you ask me!!! I would like to see this program air again. I think it only aired once as a Monday Night Movie Of the Week.

The last thing I saw David Hernandez in was Original Gangstas as the Guns Dealer. Pam Grier, Fred Williamson, Jim Brown Star amongst other big Names. Although he had a speaking role as Latino the gun dealer, he is listed in the credits as a stunt man!? I think someone really messed up there with the credits.

Then there was: Lady Blue, Code Of Silence, Don't Forget Sherie-American Red Cross,Jack and Mike-Made for TV series, The Untouchables-Cuba II- TV series, Look who's coming for dinner an ECO production and several other film's and commercials like the Michael Jordan - MC Donalds nothing but net spot! I have seen his work and wonder where he is today?

As far as Night Of Corage is concerned---Good film with a powerful message. If you don't care for the message or the values of our society and racial unity you will never enjoy this powerful film or You just may fall asleep half way through before getting the point!

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