Hail, Hero! (1969)
“Long hair on boys is one of the things wrong with this country, if you ask me.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
There’s not much to this simple story other than Douglas interacting with various people in his hometown, including a couple of girls he meets while swimming out at the lake:
…. and a pot-smoking old woman (Amy Stuart) who for some reason gifts Douglas with a creepy mummified baby.
Wright doesn’t have much to do except look and act like the reasonable parent in the family (albeit with a secret of her own):
… and Virginia Christie (in her final role) comes and goes quickly as the wife of a senator.
Douglas does bring some needed energy to the film, but his enthusiasm is not enough to save this one from obscurity.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:
One thought on “Hail, Hero! (1969)”
First viewing. Skip it.
Appropriately forgotten family drama; awkwardly written and, at under 90 minutes, seemingly interminable.
Douglas’ character has an annoying habit of talking out loud when no one’s around. Who does this?!