Tick, Tick, Tick

Overview

When Jimmy Price (Jim Brown) wins an upset victory for sheriff, he becomes the first black man ever to hold the job (or any elective office) in anyone's memory in his rural southern county. He also sets off an ominous rumblings as the entire county seems split apart by his presence -- Mayor Parks (Fredric March) offers him the support of his office, but many whites aren't prepared to accept a black man as sheriff, while most of the whites that can accept him aren't saying so too loudly; a lot of older black ...
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Overview

When Jimmy Price (Jim Brown) wins an upset victory for sheriff, he becomes the first black man ever to hold the job (or any elective office) in anyone's memory in his rural southern county. He also sets off an ominous rumblings as the entire county seems split apart by his presence -- Mayor Parks (Fredric March) offers him the support of his office, but many whites aren't prepared to accept a black man as sheriff, while most of the whites that can accept him aren't saying so too loudly; a lot of older black residents, remembering decades of Jim Crow laws that only lately disappeared, are more confused than encouraged by Price's victory, while younger, more radical black citizens like George Harvey (Bernie Casey) have little use for Price's straight-arrow personality; they expect him to show them favoritism, and when he doesn't, they suspect him of being an nothing but a white man in black skin. Even Price's own wife (Janet MacLachlan) wonders if the cost of his being sheriff is too high. He finds himself alone, walking a tightrope between all of the forces pulling at him, and then the whole situation threatens to explode when he arrests the good-for-nothing son (Bob Random) of a wealthy man from the next county, who has killed a child while driving drunk. Soon the local klavern of the Ku Klux Klan is planning a meeting, and a lynch mob seems to be gathering across the county line to break the prisoner loose and take care of the sheriff. Price finally gets some unexpected help from his embittered predecessor, John Little (George Kennedy) -- Little would like nothing more than to sulk over losing his longtime job, but with his wife's coaxing he realizes that he can't let Price fail without the risk of destroying everything he worked for years to build.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
In the wake of the success of Norman Jewison's In the Heat of the Night (1967), race relations in the contemporary south suddenly became a marketable subject, and led to the making of such films as William Wyler's The Liberation of L. B. Jones (1970) and James Goldstone's Brother John (1972). Ralph Nelson's Tick, Tick, Tick was MGM's major entry in the field and isn't a bad one, mostly by virtue of a lot of rewarding performances. Jim Brown wouldn't win any Oscars for his work here, which seems rather stiff, though the part calls for this; in George Kennedy's role is underwritten a bit too much to give him quite enough to work with, though he does convincingly convey some of the conflicts that drive his character -- much more effective and subtle is Lynn Carlin as his wife. The rest of the cast, including Fredric March as the mayor of the town at risk from the plot's ticking time-bomb, Clifton James as a local racist who is just smart enough for his own good, and Dan Frazer, Don Stroud, and Richard Elkins as various participants, is uniformly fine. If Tick, Tick, Tick has a flaw, it lies in the movie's overall positive outlook -- characters don't have to be killed for a drama of this kind to be convincing, but there has to be more than a general threat to the hero in order to drive a story of this type, if audiences are going to fully believe in what they're seeing. The action gets wrapped up here just a little too neatly, and there is none of the verisimilitude -- or the complexity of setting or characters that comes with it -- that one got from In The Heat Of The Night. Its good intentions aside, however, Tick, Tick, Tick is one of the better dramas of its kind, and even overcomes the burden of some not-too-subtle songs added to the soundtrack by the studio's record division (itself another legacy of In The Heat Of The Night).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2012
  • UPC: 883316470589
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,214

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Brown Jimmy Price
George Kennedy John Little
Fredric March Mayor Jeff Parks
Lynn Carlin Julia Little
Don Stroud Bengy Springer
Janet MacLachlan Mary Price
Richard Elkins Brad,Wilkes
Clifton James D.J. Rankin
Bob Random John Braddock
Bernie Casey George Harley
Anthony James H.C. Tolbert
Dub Taylor Junior
Ernest Anderson Homer
Barry Cahill Bob Braddock
Calvin Brown Harrison Harley
George Cisar Barber
Dan Frazer Ira Jackson
Roy E. Glenn Sr. The Drunk
Paulene Myers Mrs. Harley
Renny Roker Shoeshine Boy
Leonard O. Smith Fred Price
Karl Swenson Braddock
Bill Walker John Sawyer
Dino Washington Randy Harley
Mills Watson Dep. Joe Warren
Anne Whitfield Mrs. Dawes
Technical Credits
Ralph Nelson Director, Producer
James Lee Barrett Producer, Screenwriter
Alex Beaton Editor
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Jack Clement Songwriter
Mike Curb Musical Direction/Supervision
George W. Davis Art Director
William Glasgow Art Director
Michael S. Glick Asst. Director
Don Greenwood Jr. Set Decoration/Design
Loyal Griggs Cinematographer
John Hartford Songwriter
Franklin E. Milton Sound/Sound Designer
Jimmy Payne Songwriter
Jerry Styner Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tick, Tick, Tick
1. Chapter 1 [2:44]
2. Chapter 2 [3:31]
3. Chapter 3 [2:13]
4. Chapter 4 [2:09]
5. Chapter 5 [3:04]
6. Chapter 6 [4:05]
7. Chapter 7 [3:02]
8. Chapter 8 [3:33]
9. Chapter 9 [3:27]
10. Chapter 10 [3:20]
11. Chapter 11 [3:40]
12. Chapter 12 [3:58]
13. Chapter 13 [4:07]
14. Chapter 14 [3:04]
15. Chapter 15 [3:40]
16. Chapter 16 [3:49]
17. Chapter 17 [2:22]
18. Chapter 18 [3:36]
19. Chapter 19 [4:16]
20. Chapter 20 [2:32]
21. Chapter 21 [3:46]
22. Chapter 22 [2:09]
23. Chapter 23 [2:52]
24. Chapter 24 [3:43]
25. Chapter 25 [4:38]
26. Chapter 26 [2:47]
27. Chapter 27 [3:59]
28. Chapter 28 [2:38]
29. Chapter 29 [3:05]
30. Chapter 30 [:56]
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