A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich (1978) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich (1978)

A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich





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Adapted from Alice Childress' inspirational novel of the same name, director Ralph Nelson's sentimental addiction drama tells the story of an intelligent yet alienated ghetto youth seduced into the world of hard drugs. Unable to stand being in the same apartment as his gruff but caring foster-father Butler (Paul Winfield), inner-city high school student Benjie (Larry B. Scott) opts to pass the time smoking grass and drinking with his good friend Jimmy Lee (Kenneth Green) and small-time drug dealer Carwell (Erin Blunt). Before long Benjie is hooked, and hanging out with local pusher Tiger (Kevin Hooks) in order to get the hard stuff. Increasingly alienated from both his foster-father and his grandmother (Helen Martin), young Benjie must rely on the assistance of a caring social worker (Claire Brennan) in order to stay clean and get back on his feet.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Alice Childress
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On DVD: Jan 13, 2009
eOne Entertainment Distribution


Helen Martin
as Mrs. Bell
Kenneth Green
as Jimmy Lee
Erin Blunt
as Carwell
Claire Brennan
as Social Worker
Claire Brennen
as Social Worker
Bill Cobbs
as Bartender
Sheila Wills
as Admission Clerk
Barbara Alston
as Girl Friend
Keny Long
as Male Nurse
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Shows how addiction can get the best of a person-eating a black hole in all the departments of life.

Full Review… | January 24, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich


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.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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