The Last American Hero (1973)

“You make a move on me, I’ll rip his lip off and give it to you for a key ring.” – Elroy Jackson Jr.

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The son of a bootlegger tries to make a name for himself on the racing circuit.

My Take on it – This is another movie that I came across by accident and knew nothing about it beforehand.

One of the things that makes this film so interesting is the fact that it’s a film starring Jeff Bridges in the early part of his career.

It’s clear to see from his performance here how much potential he had as an actor because he does so much right here with this character.

The story itself is presented in an intriguing way that allows us to see what can happen to someone torn between being loyal to his family and friends and wanting to pursue his passion of racing and how he can be affected by all that happens around him.

Bridges is superb in the lead and has a great character arc that we can see change over the course of the film especially once he himself gets a better understanding about his life and the two professions that he tries to find balance between.

The film has a great message about pursuing one’s dreams and the fact that this is based on a true story really adds so much to help keep things interesting to watch unfold especially given that the story has some great twists and turns along the way.

Bottom Line – Interesting early film of Bridges that shows how much potential he had as an actor. The story itself is done quite well and we get to see how someone torn between loyalty to his family and his passion for racing can be affected by all that goes on around him. Bridges does a wonderful job in the lead role and we can see how his character changes over the course of the film as he begins to get a better understanding of life and of his two professions.  The message of the film about pursuing one’s dream is done well and helps keep the story interesting especially during all of the twists and turns along the way. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie depicts Junior’s father as being arrested for producing moonshine. In reality, it was Junior himself that was arrested and sentenced. In 1956, federal tax agents found Johnson working at his father’s moonshine still in Wilkes County; they arrested him. Many local residents believed the raid was done in revenge for the agent’s inability to catch Johnson delivering moonshine on local highways; this is depicted in the movie when we see the local law enforcement busting up his father’s still. Junior Johnson was convicted of moon-shining and was sent to prison in Chillicothe, Ohio. He served 11 months of a two-year sentence. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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