Tick...Tick...Tick... (1970) - Rotten Tomatoes

Tick...Tick...Tick... (1970)

Tick...Tick...Tick... (1970)






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When Jimmy Price (Jim Brown) wins an upset victory for sheriff, he becomes the first black man ever to hold the job (or any elective office) in anyone's memory in his rural southern county. He also sets off an ominous rumblings as the entire county seems split apart by his presence -- Mayor Parks (Fredric March) offers him the support of his office, but many whites aren't prepared to accept a black man as sheriff, while most of the whites that can accept him aren't saying so too loudly; a lot of older black residents, remembering decades of Jim Crow laws that only lately disappeared, are more confused than encouraged by Price's victory, while younger, more radical black citizens like George Harvey (Bernie Casey) have little use for Price's straight-arrow personality; they expect him to show them favoritism, and when he doesn't, they suspect him of being an nothing but a white man in black skin. Even Price's own wife (Janet MacLachlan) wonders if the cost of his being sheriff is too high. He finds himself alone, walking a tightrope between all of the forces pulling at him, and then the whole situation threatens to explode when he arrests the good-for-nothing son (Bob Random) of a wealthy man from the next county, who has killed a child while driving drunk. Soon the local klavern of the Ku Klux Klan is planning a meeting, and a lynch mob seems to be gathering across the county line to break the prisoner loose and take care of the sheriff. Price finally gets some unexpected help from his embittered predecessor, John Little (George Kennedy) -- Little would like nothing more than to sulk over losing his longtime job, but with his wife's coaxing he realizes that he can't let Price fail without the risk of destroying everything he worked for years to build.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
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Written By: James Lee Barrett
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Jim Brown
as Jimmy Price
Don Stroud
as Bengy Springer
Janet MacLachlan
as Mary Price
Richard Elkins
as Bradford Wilkes
Clifton James
as D.J. Rankin
Bob Random
as John Braddock
Mills Watson
as Deputy Joe Warren
Bernie Casey
as George Harley
Anthony James
as H.C. Tolbert
Dub Taylor
as Junior
Karl Swenson
as Braddock
Barry Cahill
as Bob Braddock
Anne Whitfield
as Mrs. Dawes
Bill Walker
as John Sawyer
Dan Frazer
as Ira Jackson
Leonard O. Smith
as Fred Price
Renny Roker
as Shoeshine Boy
Paulene Myers
as Mrs. Harley
Dino Washington
as Randy Harley
Calvin Brown Jr.
as Harrison Harley
Beverly Taylor
as Sara Jean
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All Critics (2)

Not just an earnest race drama, but also a fascinating example of how social issues were addressed cinematically in an earlier era.

Full Review… | March 25, 2012
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February 2, 2013

Audience Reviews for Tick...Tick...Tick...


Good drama movie about racism.This film is very under rated due to it's message hitting hard with few punches pulled.Brown gives a very good performance here and so do all the other actors.I like the cinematography color here,very crisp and eye pleasing.The screenplay is a little bland but does not ruin the movie at all.Not for people who do not like seeing the truth about the ugliness of prejudice and corruption from BOTH races.....

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

A true classic from the sevanties...captures to glory of segregation back in the days... I saw this again on VHS recently...an old guy that had a whole lot of classic cinema stuff, let me see it...You have got to see this...so you can FEEL how stupid racism is. Get it..if you can FIND it!

Fascade Fiveoneeight

Super Reviewer

This one was a cable recording that finally gave me the chance to cross another Blaxploitation title off my list. An interesting look at what happens in a small town when a black man is elected sheriff over the long time white sheriff, and how they both do their best to smooth out the edges as one eases into office.

It's interesting because they both come across as sympathetic characters and make a strong case for how much they care about the community and keeping the peace.

Well worth a look.

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