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The Pride of Jesse Hallam (1981)

Jesse Hallam, an illiterate coal miner from Kentucky, moves to Cincinnati so that his daughter may receive spinal surgery. Determined to support his family in the city, he decides he must ... See full summary »

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Gary Nelson

Writer:

Suzanne Clauser
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Cash ... Jesse Hallam
Brenda Vaccaro ... Marion Galucci
Ben Marley ... Ted Hallam
Eli Wallach ... Sal Galucci
Guy Boyd ... Policeman
Chrystal Smith Chrystal Smith ... Jenny Hallam
Earl Poole Ball ... Uncle Charley
Linda Bennett Linda Bennett ... Receptionist
Viola Borden Viola Borden ... Mrs. Kleeman
Michael Burnham Michael Burnham ... Tully
Tara Cash ... Student
Malinda Comer Malinda Comer ... Clerk
Ray Comier Ray Comier ... Trucker
William Dickerson William Dickerson ... Schofield (as William Dickenson)
Dale Doerman Dale Doerman ... 2nd Policeman
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Jesse Hallam, an illiterate coal miner from Kentucky, moves to Cincinnati so that his daughter may receive spinal surgery. Determined to support his family in the city, he decides he must learn how to read and write as an adult, and resolves to graduate from high school. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1981 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Uncredited actor Lare Roberts' 1972 Mustang Convertible used in son chase scene. See more »

Quotes

Parker: [Mr. Parker tries to restore order in the remedial reading class, which is near pandemonium] Would you please turn off that radio and take your seats?
Jesse Hallam: [Jesse gets up and sits each student down himself, grabs the radio and shuts it off. After everyone is quiet, he turns to address the class] You want to do what I've been doin' all my life - runnin' away from words? Well, that's up to you, but you got to know... it's a poverty trade. And right here and now you could be diggin' youself a hole in the...
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Paradise
Sung by Johnny Cash
Written by John Prine
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good movie!
24 February 2006 | by afrienducouldloveSee all my reviews

I was 22 when this movie came out. I really enjoyed it. This was the first movie that I really ever saw Johnny Cash act in. He was truly as gifted as an actor as he was a singer. He did a good job portraying people from the area he is supposed to be from. I'm from Kentucky and on a side note, contrary to popular belief, not everybody from Kentucky is illiterate. Also, while there are plenty of coal mines in western Kentucky, there are way more in the Eastern part of the state and probably a lot more illiteracy problems too. Not sure why the writers of the movie chose for Jesse Hallam to be western Kentucky instead of eastern.


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