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Some Kind of Hero


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  • Actors: Richard Pryor, Margot Kidder
  • Directors: Michael Pressman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Legend Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018LXA0W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,312 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Some Kind of Hero" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Corporal Eddie Keller just spent six years as a prisoner of war. Now he's coming home. Richard Pryor wowed audiences with his moving portrayal of the former POW who tries to return back to the normal life he remembered before the war. The only problem is, nothing is as he remembered it. Pryor's brilliant comedic talents make this the rare sort of drama that you can watch with a smile on your face. Margot Kidder and Ray Sharkey are excellent in touching supporting roles. Richard Pryor is Some Kind of Hero, in a role that is arguably the best of his career.

Customer Reviews

Great for a Friday nite movie at home.
KISHA'S WORLD
The problem with Some Kind of Hero is that it seems like nobody trusted Pryor to play the whole thing straight.
Frank Leonidas
Margot Kidder is a fine woman lead as well.
Neils C. Dunn

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "adriank1" on April 12, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is quite good for several reasons, based on the book it is a moving and intelligent treatment of released POW vet Eddie Kellar as played by Richard Pryor after several-years and how he tries to re-adjust to civilian life back home the pomp and media frenzy that ensue then the hardships,his wife is in love with another man,he has a daughter he doesnt know,his mother is in a nursing home from a stroke and hes broke. The Army wont pay his back-money and he falls for his only friend left in the world a sympathetic highpriced prostitute Toni(Margot Kidder),the film then changes gear into some hilarious attempt's by Eddie to turn around his luck by turning to crime. Comedy and drama this is worth watching!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Gerard on November 8, 2010
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This film was intended to be a drama, but was reworked as they shot it because producers wanted humor added. The result is ridiculous. Still, Richard Pryor starts out very convincing and totally committed to his part. Pryor could have played this straight because he had the chops. It would have been great to see him in a straight drama just this once. There's a point late in the film where his character, Eddie, asks aloud, "What are you doin', Eddie?" I think Pryor was asking himself the same thing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frank Leonidas on July 1, 2008
Format: DVD
Of all Richard Pryor's films, this one has to rank up there as one of the strangest. To begin with, it's a comedy/drama that's partly set in a POW camp during the Vietnam War. If you think that kind of set-up sounds like Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful (97) you would be wrong. The POW camp depicted in this film looks more like it was filmed around some bungalows in the Hollywood Hills. Pryor has some good (albeit minimal) interplay with another American POW (played convincingly by the underrated Ray Sharkey) and a four legged friend he calls "Spike" but eventually he is freed and the film shifts to Pryor's character trying to adjust back to life stateside. This is where the film begins to take a nosedive. One wonders what the film might have been like if it was set entirely in the POW camp and was more dramatic. Pryor was a brilliant comedian and a great actor (see him in his best film performance in Blue Collar from 1978). He was always able to handle the more serious material in his films than people give him credit for. Pryor had a dark side himself and that came through a little in each of his roles. The problem with Some Kind of Hero is that it seems like nobody trusted Pryor to play the whole thing straight. Don't get me wrong, there are a few moments when I was laughing out loud (like the scene when Pryor reunites with his wife in the hotel room and his reaction to what she tells him has happened with her since he's been away) and the movie isn't a complete stinker, but do not expect Silver Streak (76) or Stir Crazy (80) from this one. All in all, The Toy (which was also released in '82) is a better vehicle for Pryor's talents and likability.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. P. Watt on March 11, 2008
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Pryor appeared in a glut of movies in the five years after he blew himself up freebasing. Some were good, some kinda stunk and Some Kind Of Hero fell in the middle of those. The movie can't really decide if it wants to be a drama or a comedy, and while it contains elements of both it isn't particularly funny or particularly moving. Margot Kidder provides a sexy and effective turn as a hooker, and there are a few laughs sprinkled throughout the movie, but unless you're a huge Pryor or Kidder fan, you're not missing much by giving this one a pass.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neils C. Dunn on February 7, 2014
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Though a movie of serious content, war and post war adjustment, Pryor is near his best as a soldier to a soldier in captivity to a soldier back at home from Vietnam trying to care for his mother and make his way financially and socially. the expressions and gestures are classic Pryor. Margot Kidder is a fine woman lead as well.
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By Priscilla Smith on October 24, 2013
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I bought this movie for my husband for Father's Day, he is a big Pryor fan. I also bought other Pryor movies.
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By Vet on March 14, 2013
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This movie brings back memories of the time I returned from the Vietnam War. America was not very respectful to it's returning Vetrans during this time. A lot of vertrans had hard times adjusting to the negative reactions they experienced with fellow citizens(those who did not participate in the conflict)especially. It is a great movie to watch and enjoy and it makes a true statement of how our vetrans were treated.
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