Heroes (1977 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJeremy Kagan
Produced byDavid Foster
Lawrence Turman
Written byJames Carabatsos
StarringHenry Winkler
Sally Field
Harrison Ford
Val Avery
Music byJack Nitzsche
CinematographyFrank Stanley
Edited byPatrick Kennedy
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • November 4, 1977 (1977-11-04)
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$3.2 million
Box office$33.5 million[1]

Heroes is a 1977 American drama film directed by Jeremy Kagan[2] 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 M-16 in the trunk of his car.


Jack Dunne (Winkler), an amnesiac Vietnam veteran most likely suffering from a severe case of PTSD , escapes a mental ward in New York City intent on starting 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 to a man towards whom she has confused feelings. Initially annoyed by Jack, Carol gradually warms to him as they set off on a trip through middle America towards Northern California: during the journey she has time to reflect on her impending nuptials as Jack tries to locate his three war buddies hoping to enlist them in his dream to start a worm farm.

It becomes clear that the first two friends Jack and Carol locate are in too poor condition to do much work of any kind. When a visit to the parents of the third results in the disclosure that the friend had died in the war, Jack, who knew as much but was in denial, relives the battlefield trauma of his buddy's death. Finally, Carol's compassion and caring enable Jack to come to terms with reality.



Critical response[edit]

The movie received a mixed reception. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3 stars out of a possible 4.[citation needed]

Box Office[edit]

The movie was a box office success, grossing $33.5 million on a $3.2 million budget, and opened at #1 at the box office.


Henry Winkler received a Golden Globe award nomination for Best Actor in a Drama film.[3] He also received the corresponding BAFTA nomination. It received another BAFTA nomination, for Best Musical Score.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Heroes, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 29, 2012.
  2. ^ "Heroes". TCM database. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  3. ^ https://www.goldenglobes.com/person/henry-winkler
  4. ^ "HEROES: Fearless Fonz". Time. November 21, 1977. Retrieved 2010-09-01. (subscription required)
  5. ^ 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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