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Some Kind of Hero

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Richard Pryor gives a compelling performance in Some Kind of Hero, playing a Vietnam veteran who tries to readjust to civilian life. Pryor plays Eddie Keller, who has just spent five years in a North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp. Most of the time there, Eddie was able to hold his own against his captors, but he eventually was forced to sign a statement denouncing United States involvement in the Vietnam War. Eddie decided to sign the document in order to insure that his friend Vinnie Ray Sharkey would be given...
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Richard Pryor gives a compelling performance in Some Kind of Hero, playing a Vietnam veteran who tries to readjust to civilian life. Pryor plays Eddie Keller, who has just spent five years in a North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp. Most of the time there, Eddie was able to hold his own against his captors, but he eventually was forced to sign a statement denouncing United States involvement in the Vietnam War. Eddie decided to sign the document in order to insure that his friend Vinnie Ray Sharkey would be given proper medical treatment. Because of this denunciation, when Eddie returns home from the war he is denied his back pay. He also discovers that his wife has left him for another man, his business has fallen apart, and his mother has been sent to an asylum. Eddie falls into a deep depression and hits rock bottom. But he meets a friendly prostitute, Toni Margot Kidder, who helps him straighten out his life.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Trying to mix comedy and dead-serious drama is a tricky business, and something that Some Kind of Hero just isn't able to do as effectively as it would like. It doesn't totally fail at it by any means, but this is the kind of trick that has to succeed 100 percent; anything less, and it just doesn't work. Hero is further hampered by a structure that by necessity divides it into what seem like two separate films, with a first act that is at odds with its second act. Adding to its problems is a finale that just doesn't work, coming across as an unconvincing "Hollywood" kind of ending. These flaws in the screenplay are too much for director Michael Pressman, who is unable to find the right tone for Hero, with the result that it ends up a jumbled mess -- this despite some very good dialogue and a lead character that is complexly drawn. The screenplay also provides the fine cast with parts they can sink their teeth into, and no one's teeth are sunk deeper than lead Richard Pryor's. His performance is arguably the best of his career -- compelling, enticing, powerful, screamingly funny, poignant and sympathetic. In a better film, it's the kind of work that leads to awards; here, the showcase around it is too tarnished to allow it to shine, but it's truly impressive nonetheless. Margot Kidder and the rest of the actors also turn in sterling work, but they pale next to Pryor. Hero is a muddled, unsatisfying film, but it's worth catching for its star.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • UPC: 844503000224
  • Original Release: 1982
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  • Source: Legend Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Pryor Eddie Keller
Margot Kidder Toni
Ray Sharkey Vinnie
Ronny Cox Col. Powers
Lynne Moody Lisa
Olivia Cole Jesse
Paul Benjamin Leon
David Adams The Kid
Martin Azarow Tank
Shelly Batt Olivia
Susan Berlin Jeanette
Mary Betten Teller
Herb Braha
David Byrd Doorman
Anthony Charnota Commander
Matt Clark Mickey
Jude Farese Bandit
Elizabeth Farley Secretary
John Fujioka Captain
Raymond Guth Motel Clerk
Anne Haney Monica
Alberto Isaac
Mary Jackson Frances
Peter Jason Honcho
Caren Kaye Sheila
Enid Kent Reporter
Nancy Martin Hilda
Richard McKenzie Psychiatrist
Nicholas Mele Officer
Bill Morey Major
Warren Munson Bank President
Kenneth O'Brien Bartender
Harvey Parry Old Drunk
Antony Ponzini Sal
Bill M. Ryusaki Basketball Player
Kario Salem Young Soldier
Pearl Shear Customer
Hayward Soo-Hoo Soldier
Tim Thomerson Cal
Jon Van Ness Aide
Sandy Ward Colonel
Danny Wong Guard
Technical Credits
Michael Pressman Director
John H. Anderson Set Decoration/Design
King Baggot Cinematographer
Robert Boris Screenwriter
Christopher Greenbury Editor
James Kirkwood Jr. Co-producer, Original Story, Screenwriter
James L. Schoppe Art Director
Patrick Williams Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Some Kind of Hero
1. Prisoner [7:39]
2. Cell Mates [7:02]
3. The Box [6:12]
4. Confessions [2:18]
5. Coming Home [9:05]
6. Hearing the News [6:57]
7. Mama [4:04]
8. "Out of Luck" [7:32]
9. Stupidity [7:31]
10. Lonely [3:07]
11. Treated Like a Customer [3:10]
12. "Take Off Your Clothes!" [11:32]
13. The Big Score [6:14]
14. Tradeoff [8:09]
15. Taking Care of Business [6:08]
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