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

PG
107 min | Drama

Benjie is a troubled teen in Los Angeles, living with his grandmother, mother, and her new boyfriend. Traumatized by his father's desertion and the situation at home, Benjie gets introduced to heroin. The downward spiral begins. At school ...See moreBenjie is a troubled teen in Los Angeles, living with his grandmother, mother, and her new boyfriend. Traumatized by his father's desertion and the situation at home, Benjie gets introduced to heroin. The downward spiral begins. At school he faces conflict between the two teachers he respects: Nigeria who emphasizes African history and is hostile to white teachers like Mr. Cohen, who pursues racial harmony. Benjie's family must come to terms with the devastation he has created in his life and make changes which affect them all. Written by jeaneva See less
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Alice Childress (novel) (screenplay)
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Updated Feb 3, 1978

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Feb 3, 1978 (United States)
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18 cast members
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Cicely Tyson
Sweets Sweets   See fewer
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Paul Winfield
Butler Butler   See fewer
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Helen Martin
Mrs. Bell Mrs. Bell   See fewer
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Glynn Turman
Nigeria Nigeria   See fewer
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David Groh
Cohen Cohen   See fewer
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Kenneth Green
Jimmy Lee Jimmy Lee   See fewer
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Erin Blunt
Carwell Carwell   See fewer
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Arthur French
Security Guard Security Guard   See fewer
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Bill Cobbs
Bartender Bartender   See fewer
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Sheila Wills
Admissions Clerk Admissions Clerk   See fewer
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Arnold Johnson
Patient Patient   See fewer
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Barbara Alston
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Keny Long
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Claire Brennen
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7 / 10 | 163 votes