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Heroes (1977)

A Vietnam veteran suffering from post traumatic stress disorder breaks out of a VA hospital and goes on a road trip with a sympathetic traveler to start a worm farm in California with his fellow veterans.

Director:

Jeremy Kagan (as Jeremy Paul Kagan)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Winkler ... Jack Dunne
Sally Field ... Carol Bell
Harrison Ford ... Ken Boyd
Val Avery ... Bus Driver
Olivia Cole ... Jane Adcox
Hector Elias ... Dr. Elias
Dennis Burkley ... Gus
Tony Burton ... Chef
Michael Cavanaugh ... Peanuts
Helen Craig Helen Craig ... Bus Depot Manager
John Finnegan ... Mr. Munro
Betty McGuire ... Mrs. Munro
John O'Leary John O'Leary ... Ticket Clerk
Tom Rosqui Tom Rosqui ... Patrolman #2
Fred Stuthman ... Nathan
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Storyline

It's 4 years since Jack is back from Vietnam, but he still has nightmares. In a bus on his way to California he meets Carol, who just left her fiancée - only 4 days before their wedding, allegedly just for a few days of vacation. Jack happily tells her about his plans to set up a worm farm for fishing baits together with four of his Vietnam ex-comrades. Although he gets on her nerves at the beginning, she starts to care. When one after the other of his friends steps out and Jack looses his optimism, Carol remains as the last support that keeps him from despair. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

Finding the one you love... is finding yourself.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bohaterowie See more »

Filming Locations:

Petaluma, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$33,500,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,500,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to TV Guide, the movie was "one of the first Hollywood films to deal with the plight of Vietnam veterans". See more »

Goofs

When the car driven by Harrison Ford is first shown, it has no front license plate. During the trip to the farm, a front license plate suddenly appears. See more »

Quotes

Carol Bell: [cheers wildly, as Jack's race ends]
Ken Boyd: He didn't win.
Carol Bell: I know, but at least he didn't get killed!
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Alternate Versions

MCA/Universal Home Video version does not contain Kansas' "Carry On Wayward Son" in the end credits. See more »

Connections

References Brothers (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

CARRY ON WAYWARD SON
Written by Kerry Livgren
Performed by Kansas
Courtesy of Kirshner Records/CBS
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Harrison Ford's range
17 January 2005 | by giishkoSee all my reviews

When I saw this film I was quite young and it gave me a humanizing portrait of Viet Nam veterans for the first time. Harrison Ford's performance gave a great glimpse into the personal demons of the war, and coupled with Henry Winkler's fellow veteran offered a range of the complexities of the impact of the war and the responses of the public to our soldiers coming back. I thought it was much subtler than some of the other Viet Nam films of the era and portrayed more everyday people. As a kid in the seventies, veterans were always seen as men that were just walking around with the constant threat of exploding, one-dimensional beings of violence. The movie crosses my mind occasionally because of the impact on my youth but also more now because of the large number of veterans that will become a returning part of our society. I wonder if a movie like Heroes will have added significance because it didn't feature 'heroic' war activists but instead the mechanic next door and the kind misfit you meet on a bus.


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