Hoonivercinema: Monday Movie Trailer

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The Last American Hero is not a TV show about a nebbish school teacher being given superpowers by aliens, that would be The Greatest American Hero. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, we can discuss just what The Last American Hero is. The 1973 movie is based on a story published in The New Yorker by writer Tom Wolf, and chronicles the life of NASCAR legend Junior Johnson. There, that was easy.
In the film, the character’s name is changed to Jackson and he’s portrayed by Jeff Bridges who at the time was just coming into his own as an actor. Costarring as Jackson’s love interest is Valerie Perrine, who had just come off of one of my all-time favorite films, Slaughterhouse Five. You’ll also recognize in the trailer a handful of solid character actors in supporting roles, including Ned Beatty and a pre-whacked-out Gary Busey. The theme song “I’ve Got A Name” became a huge hit for singer Jim Croce, although sadly he would die in an auto accident a Beechcraft crash that very same year.
The film has a lot of fender-banging going on, and as it is a movie about racing, it didn’t do so well at the box office, bringing a little over half its production budget despite generally favorable reviews. See for yourself right after the jump. 
You can rent The Last American Hero from all the usual suspects for a nominal fee, or if you jones to own it, Amazon will sell you a DVD for just shy of $100! I suggest the rental.

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  1. GTXcellent Avatar

    About 20 years ago I went through a serious Junior Johnson phase – I was (well, still am) mesmerized and enthralled by his story and read absolutely everything I could find about Junior Johnson. My loving wife (then girlfriend) bought this movie for me on VHS. It is a terrible movie. The story is terrible, the acting is terrible (even Jeff Bridges. I don’t know how he flipped the switch so quickly because he was great only a year later in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot). I might have to try to find our old VCR and fire it up once again.
    Coincidentally, I just found the receipt for her movie purchase tucked away in one of my Junior Johnson biographies only a few months ago – I want to say it was $69.99! Not money well spent Dear.
    And Jim Croce died in a plane crash, not a car accident.

    1. countersteer Avatar

      ditto … plane crash… Otherwise, nice story!

    2. Rob Emslie Avatar
      Rob Emslie

      Plane crash? Well who was it that died in a VW Beetle?

      1. GTXcellent Avatar

        Harry Chapin

        1. Rob Emslie Avatar
          Rob Emslie

          Chapin! That’s right. I got my dead ’70s AOR singer/songwriters mixed up. I’ll fix that tonight when I’m close to the editor. Thanks!