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Heroes (1977)

Henry Winkler , Sally Field  |  PG |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Henry Winkler, Sally Field, Harrison Ford, Dennis Burkley, Billy Burton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016B6ZJ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,428 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Heroes" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Henry Winkler and Sally Field play two off-center characters who find love when they least expect it in the moving comedy Heroes. Jack (Winkler) is a troubled, yet high-spirited Vietnam vet who embarks on a cross-country odyssey to open a worm farm and prove his own self-worth. En route, he befriends Carol (Field) attempting to "sort things out" before she marries an old flame. Their laugh and tear-filled adventures, including a high-speed run-in with a footloose army buddy (Harrison Ford), become the life-affirming story of two people who find themselves when they find each other.

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HENRY WINKLER IN THE ROLE OF HIS LIFE April 17, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is the best Winkler has ever done. It's a compelling story about a Vietnam vet who goes on a road trip to join his friend in a worm farm venture. He slowly goes nuts as he finds out the world is too screwed up to bear, his friend is dead and he didn't know it, he gets robbed, humiliated, and rejected. Sally Fields is also fantastic as his girlfriend who supports him all the way. BEWARE -- Those of you who've seen this in theaters and are expecting the powerful ending to be the same, it's not. The video release of this movie replaced the intense ending song "Carry On My Wayward Son" by Kansas, with some other song by a no-name group, which is insipid and uninspired, leaving you flat. The Kansas song was what made the ending so powerful. Aside from that, it's a great movie.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Video version lacks punch of theater release July 14, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
While it may seem odd that a change to the music played in last four minutes of this film could sour the experience, it certainly is true. This film is not for everyone, but it does contain strong performances by both Sally Field and Henry Winkler. Harrison Ford is along for the ride in a small role, but this is essentially a two-person show, and Winkler and Field have good chemistry as the Vietnam vet who can't seem to fit in and the good-hearted woman who is having second thoughts about her pending marriage. They wind up on a journey together and while the destination is unclear, it all comes together in the revelatory end. However, the original theatrical release included a powerful closing accompanied by Kansas' "Carry on Wayward Son," but the video version inexcusably has removed the song and replaced it with a much-less-powerful "ditty," if you will. So, with a film that all comes to a point at the end, it's a shame the end doesn't come to as sharp a point.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars False advertising September 1, 2009
Format:VHS Tape
This is *NOT* the 1977 movie 'Heroes'. It is a pathetic, butchered imitation thereof. Buying it will only encourage Big Media to think they can get away with selling cheap ripoffs instead of the real thing. Yes, this is entirely because of the removal of the song 'Carry On Wayward Son' from the ending; it really does make that much difference. What was a powerful climax has become a fizzle.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I have great memories of watching this film on cable tv during my childhood. I was about to either rent the movie or even purchase it, just because of those memories. Now I see all these comments about the Kansas song "Carry On Wayward Son" not being used. This is a travesty. This is the strongest memory of have of this film, it left a very powerful impression on me. The fact that most of these reviews refer to this musical moment, must make a very strong statement to the Powers That Be involved in the DVD release. Put this film out, in its original form! I don't know if it's a licencing issue; if that is the case, I would hope that this situation could be rectified.

Don't get me wrong...I will certainly still have interest in seeing this film, but to me...without the Kansas song, it will never be the same. It's almost pointless.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine performances from a then-underrated cast February 1, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
At the time of its release, "Heroes" had a cast trying to break out of stereotypical roles: Henry Winkler was typecast as the Fonz, Sally Field as The Flying Nun, and Harrison Ford as Han Solo. Winkler's days as a director, Field's as an Oscar favorite, and Ford as a major box office draw were years ahead. Winkler managed to overcome the nay-sayers with this sensitive portrayal of a traumatized Vietnam vet. Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreakingly sad, "Heroes" is still an excellent movie nearly thirty years after its release. The ending, [...] still moves me to tears. A terribly underrated movie that deserves more respect. Highly recommend
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly bad DVD July 12, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
You'd think it would be easy to convert a movie to DVD; but this movie didn't do it. I remember this movie ending with the music from Kansas' song, "Carry On Wayward Son", yet, Kansas (while appearing in the end-credits) is no where to be HEARD on this DVD. NO WHERE. This must be a cheap edited version of a strong movie. Save your money. I think Kansas (if they're still around) has rights to sue--credit given for a song that doesn't appear on the disk!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Henry Winkler, the Jewish Al Pacino! December 29, 2005
By Maria
Format:VHS Tape
The first time I saw this movie was when I was 12 years old. The only reason I was it was because I had a crush on Fonzie and Han Solo. Needless to say, I didn't get much out of it back in those days. But seeing it again, 30 years later, I loved it. Henry Winkler's performance was so moving and powerful. His acting style reminded me of Al Pacino...he could be quiet and calm one moment then explosive, dangerous, and unprectable the next. It's too bad he hasn't played more crazy character's. He received a Golden Globe Nomination for this one.

Sally Field's was good as the runaway bride who decides to tag along with Jack (Henry's character) and then falls in love with him. Their on screen chemstry was very good.

The story was sad (with some funny moments). And I was left wanting the story to continue on even though I can't imagine these two ultimately having a happy ending. Unfortunately, love does NOT conquer all. Yes, I agree "Carry on my Wayward Son" was the better choice for the closing song.

I highly recommend this movie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
bought for a friends Birthday
Published 17 days ago by tina briggs
1.0 out of 5 stars Heroes WAS one of the best movies ever
UNTIL THEY CHANGED THE END SONG! Now it sucks! Carry on my wayward son made this movie complete. Now its just blah!
Published 3 months ago by dawn towers
2.0 out of 5 stars Painful to watch, but nice to look at
This one was not the best work for Henry Winkler or Sally Field. A youthful Harrison Ford was delicious to look at, but clearly not his best effort here either. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca Brock
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice movie. And an important note.
I saw this movie when I was young and loved it. So I'm happy to see it again.

With respect to the Kansas song, I don't know about the status on the DVD. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it !!!!
An unheralded movie about the aftermath of Vietnam. Sally Field and Henry Winkler shine in their roles as the unlikely couple brought together by fate and a bus ride. Read more
Published 4 months ago by slickone
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
This was a good movie and I was glad to find it on DVD. I had been looking for it for a long time, and you guys were the only place I could find it.
Published 4 months ago by Delmus Bradley
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT the theatre version
This video is not the theatre version. If you've ever seen the original, it ends with a certain classic Kansas song, with a distinct emotional punch. Read more
Published 4 months ago by fitterphil
5.0 out of 5 stars Haven't purchased it because....
I was all set to purchase this DVD of one of my favourite movies from the 70's, UNTIL...I started reading the reviews on here. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pattie
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, not the worst
Heroes is a decent movie. Henry Winkler acted a little too goofy for my taste. If you want to watch a decent post Vietnam movie there are many others better than this. Read more
Published 6 months ago by afried01
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Warm Inside kind of movie to watch. Any ages.
Hadn't seen it since was first released in the late 70's I believe. Winkler & Field were perfectly cast.
A favorite.
Published 8 months ago by Cynthia Ann Cordova
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If the song is gone, don't know if I'll buy
I hate to disappoint you, but not only has "Carry On Wayward Son" been replaced with a poorly-recorded, generic piece of s*** song, but MCA/Universal has also changed the ending.

The change to the ending is slight, but it renders the ending more melodramatic. I don't consider this an... Read More
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Netflix has correct version with correct song!! Be the first to reply
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