A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich (1978) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich (1978)





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Adapted from the Alice Childress book, Ralph Nelson's film stars Larry B. Scott as Benjie, a smart but disaffected ghetto teen who becomes a drug addict.

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Helen Martin
as Mrs. Bell
Glynn Turman
as Nigeria
Kenneth Green
as Jimmy Lee
Erin Blunt
as Carwell
Claire Brennen
as Social Worker
Claire Brennan
as Social Worker
Bill Cobbs
as Bartender
Sheila Wills
as Admission Clerk
Barbara Alston
as Girl Friend
Keny Long
as Male Nurse
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Critic Reviews for A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich

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Shows how addiction can get the best of a person-eating a black hole in all the departments of life.

January 24, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich


This is an excellent portrait of a family in the ghetto just trying to make it, with many temptations along the way including drugs & crime. Larry B. Scott does a fantastic portrayal of "Benjie"--a good student turned junkie. He sure shows a great acting range, in a role that would be tough for anyone to play, let alone a teenager. I would love to see Scott in more roles. Of course, Cicely Tyson is wonderful as his caring mother & also Paul Winfield as his "stepfather." A special notice should also go to Helen Martin (of 227 & also Good Times fame, as Wanda). All in all, a realistic film about a family dealing with some very tough & trying issues.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

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