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A Hero Ain't Nothin But A Sandwich


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  • Actors: Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Larry B. Scott, Arthur French, David Groh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HCWGV6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,345 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Hero Ain't Nothin But A Sandwich" on IMDb

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Faced with the harsh reality of growing up in the ghetto, 13-year-old Benjie (Larry B. Scott) turns to heroin to escape. After Benjie hits rock bottom, his mother (Cicely Tyson) and her boyfriend (Paul Winfield) must sacrifice to help him overcome his dependency. Directed by Ralph Nelson, this heartwarming drama - based on the award-winning novel by Alice Childress - tackles the battle of a troubled youth, his struggles with addiction, and the impact felt by those around him.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Frank on January 14, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of those book adaptations which leave the viewer wondering why the screenwriter (here, the book's author), made the changes that were made.
The 1973 book describes the life of 13-year-old Benjie Johnson, an African-American who lives in an apartment with his mother Rose, grandmother, and mother's boyfriend Butler, in an apartment house with "dark, stinky hallways" in a "tough block." For Butler to take Rose out by taxi is "their fine way of going out." The pusher's (Tiger's) apartment is "one fine-lookin place" because it has "a good record player and a TV" plus wall-to-wall carpet and drapes at the window. A crisis occurs when Benjie steals Butler's good suit for drug money.
By the time the 1978 movie was released, the setting had changed. Benjie and family are living in a middle-class single family home, and their own car. Benjie and friends frequently take walks on the beach. It's just a quick walk, apparently, to the walk-up graffiti-covered apartment roof where Benjie first smokes marijuana. Tiger's apartment now has wood paneling, two aquariums, an inlaid coffee table, a treadmill, rowing machine, and weights. The crisis is now Benjie stealing Butler's inherited sapphire-and-diamond cufflinks.
And, a happy ending, not present in the book, is glommed onto the last scene in the movie. There's a unnecessarily-protracted scene showing the nude Benjie being put into the Indigo Blue bath.
It's natural, and beneficial, for a movie to telescope some of the book's plot, and eliminate marginal characters.
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Koch Vision present "HERO AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A SANDWICH" (1977) (107 mins/Color) (Dolby Digital) --- Cicely Tyson and Paul Winfield performances are very warm, heart felt and exceptional --- It's like the perfect combination on how to balance out character film development --- This is an excellent portrait of a family in the ghetto just trying to make it, with many temptations along the way including drugs and crime --- Larry B. Scott does a fantastic portrayal of "Benjie"--a good student turned junkie --- When Benjie had to go to drug rehab, his experiences were shown through a series of sepia-tone photographs --- This was very effective in showing Benjie's progress --- With facial expressions, a wide range of emotions could be seen, from the terror of withdrawal to the joy of interacting with others --- Of course, Cicely Tyson is wonderful as his caring mother and Paul Winfield as his "stepfather." --- A special mention Helen Martin of "Good Times" fame, as Wanda --- A very realistic film about a family dealing with some very tough issues --- There needs to more films like this to help families that have been victimized by drug abuse.

Under the production staff of:
Ralph Nelson - Director
Robert B. Radnitz - Producer
Alice Childress - Screenwriter / Book Author
Frank Stanley - Cinematographer
Tom McIntosh - Composer (Music Score)
Fred A. Chulack - Editor
Walter Scott Herndon - Production Designer
Cheryal Kearney - Set Designer
Nedra Watt - Costume Designer
Wiliam L. McCaughey - Sound/Sound Designer
Reuben Watt - First Assistant Director

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1 Cicely Tyson
Date of Birth: 19 December 1933 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: Still Living

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a reader on May 8, 2012
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This is a sad story about the struggles and destruction caused by drugs and addiction. All the actors are great, as is the story. Benji will break your heart. It would be wise to purchase the book by Alice Childress and read before you watch the movie. It will give you insight into the characters of this story. Loved this movie when it first came out and now I am happy it is part of my classic dvd collection. Also dvd quality is quite good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danny Quinn on August 16, 2009
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I am very pleased with this DVD i looked for it for a long time, this is one of the best black movies of all time i knew Amazon would have it they never let me down . they always have what i want and the best prices of all the different vendors i search on . they will forever have my business,

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ZANZIBAR on March 13, 2010
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This is a "Black Cult" classic that typifies the lure pitfalls & downfalls of drug abuse by our youths. The epitome of an "urban movie" Well acted and electrifying in it's far reaching effects. I admit the previous reviewer has a point the book was much better.
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By a on June 20, 2014
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I remember seeing this in the movies when I was about 8/10 yrs. old. I recently heard someone talk about the movie and I wanted to have it in my collection. I have many black seventies movies. They don't make them like this anymore. I know the acting isn't the greatest but I can say the same about today's actors/movies. lol
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