The Last American Hero

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Released 1973

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Director:
E. Lamont Johnson
Released:
1973
Rating:
PG
The Last American Hero is a sport drama directed by Lamont Johnson and based loosely on the life of Junior Johnson, a famous race car driver. The film follows Junior Jackson (Jeff Bridges), a poor Southern boy, who rises to fame as a professional race car driver. Junior was always interested in driving fast, but when his father is arrested Junior has to come up with some creative ways to raise some cash to bail him out. His normal job of delivering moonshine and outrunning the law is not going to cover his dad's bail. His fast driving skills lead him to the racetrack where he enters a race, in hopes of winning the cash prize. Amazingly, Junior is a natural race car driver and quickly draws the attention of many sponsors and fans. Will potential fame and fortune destroy this homegrown Southern boy, or will he embrace his talent and flourish?
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    Jeff Bridges

    Jeff Bridges

    Elroy Jackson Jr. / Junior Jackson

    Geraldine Fitzgerald

    Geraldine Fitzgerald

    Mrs. Jackson

    Ed Lauter

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    Burton Colt

    Gregory Walcott

    Gregory Walcott

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    Drama, Sports

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    Auto Sports, Biography