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

Director
Ralph Nelson

Main cast
Cicely Tyson; Paul Winfield; Larry B. Scott; Helen Martin; Glynn Turman

Genres
Drama

Description
Faced with the harsh reality of growing up in the ghetto, 13-year old Benjie (Larry B. Scott) turns to heroin to escape. After Benjie hits rock bottom, his mother (Cicely Tyson) and her boyfriend (Paul Winfield) must sacrifice to help him overcome his dependency. Directed by Ralph Nelson, this heartwarming drama tackles the battle of a troubled youth, his struggles with addiction, and the impact felt by those around him.


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