Heroes (1977 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jeremy Kagan
Produced by David Foster
Lawrence Turman
Written by James Carabatsos
Starring Henry Winkler
Sally Field
Harrison Ford
Val Avery
Music by Jack Nitzsche
Cinematography Frank Stanley
Edited by Patrick Kennedy
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
November 4, 1977
Running time
112 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15 million[1]
Box office $33,500,000[2]

Heroes is a 1977 film drama directed by Jeremy Kagan and starring Henry Winkler, Sally Field and Harrison Ford (in his first post-Star Wars role, but filmed before that movie's release).

Winkler plays a Vietnam War veteran with PTSD who sets about finding the men from his unit that had served in Vietnam. Field plays his at-first-reluctant girlfriend and Ford plays one of the former soldiers in his unit, now a dysfunctional stock car driver in Sedalia, Missouri who keeps a stolen machine gun in his motor home. This was the first film released after the conflict ended in 1975 to address Vietnam War issues.


Jack Dunne (Winkler), a Vietnam vet who turns out to have a case of lacunar amnesia, escapes a mental ward in New York City intending to start a business as a worm farmer in Eureka, California.

At the bus station, he accidentally meets Carol Bell (Field), a woman unsure of her engagement and imminent marriage to a man she has confused feelings towards. Initially annoyed by Jack, Carol gradually warms to him as they set off on a trip through middle America towards the Northern California: she traveling to think things over about her impending nuptials, he to locate his three old war buddies and involve them in his scheme to raise worms.

It becomes clear that the first two of the three men Jack and Carol locate are in poor condition to do much work of any kind, and when a visit to the parents of the third of Jack's wartime friends results in the disclosure that the friend had died in the war, Jack, who knew the fact but cannot accept it, is launched into a hallucinatory episode based on the tragic battlefield death that Carol helps to pull him out of, so he can finally face reality.



The movie received a mixed reception.[3][4]


  1. ^ Box Office Information for Heroes. The Wrap. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "Heroes, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ "HEROES: Fearless Fonz". Time. November 21, 1977. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  4. ^ Canby, Vincent (1977-11-05). "Movie Review - Heroes - 'Heroes,' Excruciatingly Obvious Film - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 

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