Movin' On (1974–1976)
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The Toughest Men in America 

Sonny's comment published in a trucker's magazine about truckers being "the toughest men in America" draws the ire of the US Marines, and results in a challenge to complete one week of Marine basic training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Director:

Lawrence Dobkin

Writers:

Philip D'Antoni (creator) (as Phillip D'Antoni), Barry J. Weitz (creator) (as Barry Weitz) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Claude Akins ... Sonny Pruitt
Frank Converse ... Will Chandler
Roosevelt Grier ... Benjy (as Rosey Grier)
Art Metrano ... Moose
Don Galloway ... Gunnery Sgt. Harris
Joe Frazier ... Cpl. Brooks, Atlantic-fleet champ
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Storyline

Sonny opens his big mouth saying that truckers were the toughest men in America in a magazine interview, which does not sit well with the USMC. Though he never said that middle-aged truckers were tougher than 20 something Marines, nor did he qualify his statement that specifically would exclude an "apples vs oranges" competition between him and his trucking partner Will, and a USMC basic training company, to see who is toughest. And so they (especially Will) reluctantly accept a challenge by the USMC to partake in five days of basic training to put their money where Sonny's mouth is. But it's not just their money. Many marines and many truckers have money riding on this as well. This fact proves to have interesting ramifications. Also, though their age is against them, they nevertheless manage to redeem themselves. Finally, the bumper sticker on the back of Sonny's truck at the very end reveals a very interesting moral to this story!

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Trivia

Cpl. Brooks is played by Joe Frazier. Frazier was the world champion heavyweight boxer from 1970-73. See more »

Quotes

Sonny Pruitt: [Between rounds in the boxing match] Keep your left up.
Will Chandler: Which one is my left ?
Sonny Pruitt: [Big sigh and the Sonny look of exasperation] The one with the watch on it.
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Crazy Credits

End Credit Acknowledgement: The producers wish to express appreciation to the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the officers and men of the Second Marine Division and the Second Marine Aircraft Wing for allowing us to photograph much of this film during actual combat training at the Marine Base at Camp Lejeune North Carolina. See more »

Soundtracks

Movin' On
Written by Merle Haggard
Performed by Merle Haggard and The Strangers (uncredited)
Produced by Fuzzy Owen (uncredited)
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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1975 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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