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The Last American Hero (1973)

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Lamont Johnson's subtle direction graces this true-life success story about racecar driver Junior Jackson (Jeff Bridges), based on stock-car champion Junior Johnson. As a child in North Carolina, Jackson stays one step ahead of reform school until his father (Art Lund) is thrown in prison for moonshining. Seeing the error of his ways, Jackson begins to concentrate his driving skills, hoping to become a professional stock car racer to raise money to get his father released from jail. Jackson rises from the ranks into the highest rung of professional stock car racing, but Jackson finds his independent nature is compromised by the corporate realities of the professional sports world. The real Junior Johnson served as technical advisor on the film. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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Cast

Jeff Bridges
as Elroy Jackson Jr./Junior Jackson
Valerie Perrine
as Marge Dennison
Ned Beatty
as Hackel
Gary Busey
as Wayne Jackson
Art Lund
as Elroy Jackson Sr.
Ed Lauter
as Burton Colt
Gregory Walcott
as Cleve Morley
William Smith
as Kyle Kingman
Tom Ligon
as Lamar
Ernie F. Orsatti
as Davie Baer
Lane Smith
as Rick Penny
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Jeff Bridges is terrific and very convincing in the lead role. The story has very uneven pacing and jumps around through various subplots a little too often. Good supporting cast and the theme song by Jim Croce was a big hit at the time. Really well edited and the cinematography is quite good. It's a good film, just isn't as thrilling as it could have been.

James Higgins
James Higgins

65/100. Jeff Bridges is terrific and very convincing in the lead role. The story has very uneven pacing and jumps around through various subplots a little too often. Good supporting cast and the theme song by Jim Croce was a big hit at the time. Really well edited and the cinematography is quite good. It's a good film, just isn't as thrilling as it could have been.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Fine drama even if you're not a race fan. Jeff Bridges gives a customarily excellent performance strongly supported by Valerie Perrine, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Art Lund. An added plus is that the movie's theme song, I've Got a Name. a particularly fitting choice given the subject, is sung by Jim Croce.

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