Heroes

One of the first Hollywood films to deal with the plight of Vietnam veterans, HEROES is a quirky little comedy-drama that strains to be charming and sometimes succeeds. Henry Winkler (then famous as The Fonz on TV's long-running sitcom "Happy Days") plays a troubled vet who escapes from a mental hospital, intending to start a worm farm with money collected...read more

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One of the first Hollywood films to deal with the plight of Vietnam veterans, HEROES is a quirky little comedy-drama that strains to be charming and sometimes succeeds. Henry Winkler (then famous as The Fonz on TV's long-running sitcom "Happy Days") plays a troubled vet who escapes from a

mental hospital, intending to start a worm farm with money collected from fellow inmates. He hops a bus to California and meets Field, convincing her to join him on a formulaic cross-country odyssey. They eventually hook up with Winkler's war buddy (Harrison Ford, on the brink of superstardom),

who is traumatized, loopy, and none too bright. The screenplay (by Jim Carabatsos, who would later write HEARTBREAK RIDGE and HAMBURGER HILL) relies heavily on movieland cliches about the mentally ill being saner than the rest of us, while Kagan's direction is unimaginative and made-for-TVish.

Still, appealing performances by Winkler, Field, and Ford nearly compensate for the lack of inspiration behind the camera. Because of copyright conflicts, the song that originally closed the film, "Carry on My Wayward Son" by the rock group Kansas, has been replaced by a meaningless, treacly

generic tune.

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  • Released: 1977
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: One of the first Hollywood films to deal with the plight of Vietnam veterans, HEROES is a quirky little comedy-drama that strains to be charming and sometimes succeeds. Henry Winkler (then famous as The Fonz on TV's long-running sitcom "Happy Days") plays… (more)

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