The Ballad of Andy Crocker (1969)
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This made-for-TV movie stars Lee Majors as Andy Crocker, a disillusioned Vietnam veteran. His homecoming is hardly a hero's welcome: Andy finds that his girl friend is married, his business is in the toilet, and his friends and neighbors are reluctant to acknowledge his existence. Originally telecast November 18, 1969, this film was one of the first to tackle the issue of disenfranchised Nam soldiers who came trudging home to indifference and hostility. Wisely, it avoids the fistfights and gore that would attend the later unfortunate spate of "crazed Vietnam vet" pictures. Though it would seem to be self-contained, The Ballad of Andy Crocker was intended as the pilot for a weekly TV series. … More
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Decent late 60's TV movie showing the problems faced by returning Vietnam vets and the callous treatment they were subjected to from the people back home. Majors is okay but Agnes Moorehead shows what a great actress can do with one scene. She tells you all you need to know about her character in less than 10 minutes through body language and minimal dialogue.
This television made movie is above average for that genre. It is most notable as for being one of the first films to tackle the issue of Vietnam veterans returning home and the problems they face. Good pacing and well acted, especially by Lee Majors. Good screenplay, perceptive direction.
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