Countdown to 5K! – #12 – Some Kind of Hero (1982)


This is my 4937th Review

Original Rating prediction – 8/10

“Everything’s gonna be alright! ” – Eddie Keller

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Feb 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Upon returning home, a former POW must find a way to fight the bureaucracy of the system while also trying to put his life back together again.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about years ago but never really had much of an inclination to see if Richard Pryor was capable of doing a non comedic role.

It’s quite unfortunate that I waited so long, because like some other notable comedians, he is also able to play dramatic roles quite effectively.

His character throws in some jokes here and there, but overall the story take a very dramatic look at the life of a POW both during the war and upon his return home afterwards.

The plot is quite poignant in the way that it deals with some of the situations presented and it was probably even more effective when it came out than it is able to be now.

The way that the story moves works well because it takes things in some very interesting directions while still showing how difficult it can be for returning soldiers to re-acclimate to their old lives after being away for a few years.

In addition to Pryor, Margot Kidder is great here and the two of them have great chemistry together which helps make the story feel even more plausible.

Bottom Line – Pryor is great in this film because he shows that he also has a talent for dramatic roles instead of just comedic ones. This film’s plot is quite poignant and was probably even more effective when it came out than it is now. Pryor and Kidder have great chemistry together and the scenes they share work quite well. The plot moves in some nice directions and allows us to see some of the issues that POW’s faced when returning home after serving their country. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film was intended to be a straight drama, but during production Paramount Pictures executives demanded that Richard Pryor do comedic scenes as well. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy  (8/10)

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