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...tick... tick... tick... (1970)

Racial tensions threaten to explode when a black man is elected Sheriff of a small, racially divided town in the deep south.

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Ralph Nelson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Brown ... Jimmy Price
George Kennedy ... John Little
Fredric March ... Mayor Jeff Parks
Lynn Carlin ... Julia Little
Don Stroud ... Bengy Springer
Janet MacLachlan ... Mary Price
Richard Elkins Richard Elkins ... Bradford Wilkes
Clifton James ... D.J. Rankin
Robert Random ... John Braddock (as Bob Random)
Mills Watson ... Deputy Joe Warren
Bernie Casey ... George Harley
Anthony James ... H.C. Tolbert
Dub Taylor ... Junior
Ernest Anderson ... Homer
Karl Swenson ... Braddock Sr.
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This is the story of a black man who has been elected sheriff in a U.S. southern county, due to the vote of blacks. He receives a huge amount of hostility from the non-tolerant white establishment, making his job very hard. The white former sheriff has his own struggle, as he balances his devotion to the law with his family and community relations. Things come to a head when the black sheriff puts a white man, the son of a wealthy land-owner of a neighboring county, in jail, and his daddy comes after him. Everyone around has to decide where their values really lie. Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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What happens in a Southern town when law and order is in the hands of a black man? See more »

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Drama | Action

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...Tick... Tick... Tick... See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Penultimate film for Fredric March. It would be three more years until his final film, The Iceman Cometh (1973). See more »

Quotes

Julia Little: You keep sayin' you're not going to do it; but, I know you are.
John Little: No, I'm not either. There's no chance.
Julia Little: No chance, my foot. You know I know you like chalk on a blackboard. You're gonna be that nigger's deputy, just as sure as the sun is gonna shine in July.
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Crazy Credits

A clock is ticking during the opening credits. With each tick one word of the credits is added. See more »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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southern realism
8 December 2006 | by K-Smith-7See all my reviews

This was one of my most memorable movies from when I was a kid. It seems to be about real people, who move from humor to fierce tension back to humor again. Northern organizers help a southern black man get elected sheriff in a small town (which feels like a lot of small towns down south) in the 60's, and he gets to deal with the reality of being elected. The movie sets up quite a few stereotypical characters; for some of them, it knocks down the stereotype, and then for others it lets it stand. People (black and white) in the town have to choose between their traditions, their comfort, and their values, as tensions rise when the new sheriff tries to do his job.

It's not high drama, but it's real.


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