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The Last American Hero (1973)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 27 July 1973 (USA)
A young hellraiser quits his moonshine business to try to become the best NASCAR racer the south has ever seen.

Director:

Lamont Johnson

Writers:

Tom Wolfe (articles), William Roberts
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jeff Bridges ... Elroy Jackson Jr.
Valerie Perrine ... Marge
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Mrs. Jackson
Ned Beatty ... Hackel
Gary Busey ... Wayne Jackson
Art Lund ... Elroy Jackson Sr.
Ed Lauter ... Burton Colt
William Smith ... Kyle Kingman (as William Smith II)
Gregory Walcott ... Cleve Morley
Tom Ligon ... Lamar
Ernie F. Orsatti ... Davie Baer (as Ernie Orsatti)
Erica Hagen Erica Hagen ... Trina Kingman
Jimmy Murphy Jimmy Murphy ... Spud (as James Murphy)
Lane Smith ... Rick Penny
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Storyline

A young hellraiser quits his moonshine business to try to become the best NASCAR racer the south has ever seen.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It took him 20 years to find out who he was and 2 laps to let the world know. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard Driver See more »

Filming Locations:

Concord, North Carolina, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

'The Last American Hero' is the second time Jeff Bridges has acted in a role with the surname Jackson, in this instance as Elroy Jackson Jr. In 'The Last Picture Show' Jeff Bridges was Duane Jackson, the first time he has played a character with the surname Jackson. See more »

Goofs

When the movie starts, Junior is driving a Mustang with a police band radio but there is no antenna on the car that would work on police band frequencies. See more »

Quotes

Burton Colt: How you've changed. Last time I saw you, you were gonna whip my ass with whatever it by-god takes. Now you want a job.
Elroy Jackson Jr.: [about Colt's racing trophy] Two questions: how long's it been since you won that thing, and do you want more?
Burton Colt: Your manners haven't changed.
Elroy Jackson Jr.: I don't want no job, neither. I work for nothin', take fifty percent of the prize money.
Burton Colt: To begin with, I hire drivers on *my* terms.
Elroy Jackson Jr.: And end up nowhere.
Burton Colt: Where do you get off being so goddamn snotty?
Elroy Jackson Jr.: I know my potential. So do you.
Burton Colt: One race...
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Connections

Featured in Precious Images (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

I Got A Name
Sung by Jim Croce
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Charles Fox
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Hard Driver
5 September 2011 | by motornatureSee all my reviews

This is one of my favorite gear head movies.Some really great footage of 311 Speedway and Hickory Speedway.In 1993 I visited 311 Speedway for my first time with a sprint car team to race there.I couldn't believe how I knew just about every inch of the property because of the Last American Hero movie.It was a great experience.This movie captures the vibe that was alive in the early 70's of muscle cars and the will to make it to Winston Cup Racing.It's a fantastic,laid back,country folk,style movie that builds to a dream ending dream!Sam Ard's #00 gets a lot of attention as well as Bobby Allison's #12 owned by Junior Johnson gets a lot of footage as well.Enjoy if you can.I have since 1973....


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