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Hail, Hero!1969

Hail, Hero! (1969)





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Hail, Hero! stars Michael Douglas in his screen debut as long-haired college student Carl Dixon. Reversing the usual procedure in late-1960s films, Dixon decides to quit school and enlist in the Army, even though he's already run afoul of the law as a Vietnam protestor. It is our hero's intention to use love, rather than bullets, to combat the Viet Cong. Needless to say, his idealism is no match for the harsher realities of war, but this doesn't stop him from endlessly spouting the sort of agit-prop rhetoric so beloved of filmmakers of the era. In addition to Michael Douglas, co-star Peter Strauss likewise makes his first film appearance in Hail, Hero! Dated in the extreme, the film is saved by the musical score by Gordon Lightfoot.


Michael Douglas
as Carl Dixon
Arthur Kennedy
as Albert Dixon
Teresa Wright
as Santha Dixon
Peter Strauss
as Frank Dixon
John Larch
as Conklin
Charles Drake
as Senator Murchiston
Mario Alcalde
as Congressman Arcado
Amy Stuart
as Rhetha
Louise Latham
as Miss Mirabel
John Qualen
as Billy Hurd
Virginia Christine
as Eleanor Murchiston
Heather Menzies
as Molly Adams
Dorothy Newman
as Carl's Aunt
Marjorie Eaton
as Carl's Aunt
James Griffith
as Painter #2
Burt Mustin
as Old Man #2
Peter Brocco
as Old Man #1
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The longest 97 minutes of film I've endured this year.

January 16, 2020 | Full Review…

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