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    Notable as one of the first cinematic attempts to explore the subject of the difficulty Vietnam veterans faced with both finding peace with themselves and readjusting to civilian life following their harrowing tour of duty while fighting overseas, "Heroes" boasts a fine and believable performance from Henry Winkler as Jack Dunne, a rootless and disaffected veteran who's suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Jack breaks out of a mental hospital and embarks on a cross country journey to reunite himself with his old unit buddies so he can fulfill his dream of starting a worm farm. During his pilgrimage Jack meets and befriends the sweet Carol (winningly played with real charm and warmth by Sally Field), who becomes Jack's sympathetic traveling companion on his odyssey to surmount his demons and reconstruct his life. Director Jeremy Kagan and screenwriter James Carabatsos tackle the subject matter with admirable taste and sensitivity; they thankfully eschew the usual crass stereotype of Vietnam veterans as crazed psychos in order to address them as troubled and pitiable human beings instead. Moreover, Kagan and Carabatsos do a bang-up job of mixing comedy and drama into a solid and satisfying whole. Winkler and Field display a spot-on appealing chemistry in the leads. Harrison Ford contributes a stand-out portrayal as Jack's happy-go-lucky pal Ken Boyd. Moreover, there are nice cameos by Val Avery as an irascible bus driver, Dennis Burkley as antagonistic redneck Gus, Tony Burton as a huffy diner chef, Olivia Cole as the understanding wife of a wayward soldier, and Michael Cavanaugh as the sleazy Peanuts. Further enhanced by Frank Stanley's handsome cinematography and an eclectic melodic score by Jack Nitzsche, this lovely and moving seriocomic picture overall rates as a real sleeper.