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

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





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Adapted from the Alice Childress book, Ralph Nelson's film stars Larry B. Scott as Benjie, a smart but disaffected ghetto teen who becomes a drug addict.
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Cicely Tyson
as Sweets
Paul Winfield
as Butler
Helen Martin
as Mrs. Bell
David Groh
as Cohen
Kevin Hooks
as Tiger
Kenneth Green
as Jimmy Lee
Erin Blunt
as Carwell
Claire Brennen
as Social Worker
Claire Brennan
as Social Worker
Bill Cobbs
as Bartender
Sheila Wills
as Admission Clerk
Arnold Johnson
as Patient
Barbara Alston
as Girl Friend
Keny Long
as Male Nurse
Hartwell Simms
as Minister
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Critic Reviews for A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich

All Critics (1)

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

A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich is certainly well-meaning drama, with fine performances, but anyone seeing it for the first time will find it's story familiar.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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
Cassandra Maples

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