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Hero (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 2 October 1992 (USA)
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A not-so-nice man rescues passengers from a crashed airliner, only to see someone else take credit.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writers:

Laura Ziskin (story), Alvin Sargent (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dustin Hoffman ... Bernie LaPlante
Geena Davis ... Gale Gayley
Andy Garcia ... John Bubber
Joan Cusack ... Evelyn
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Chucky
Maury Chaykin ... Winston
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Wallace
Christian Clemenson ... Conklin
Tom Arnold ... Chick
Warren Berlinger ... Judge Goines
Cady Huffman ... Flight Attendant Leslie
Susie Cusack ... Donna O'Day
James Madio ... Joey
Richard Riehle ... Robinson
Daniel Baldwin ... Fireman Denton (as Daniel Leroy Baldwin)
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Storyline

Bernie LaPlante is having a rough time. He's divorced, his ex-wife hates him, and has custody of their son. The cops are setting a trap for him, then to top it all, he loses a shoe while rescuing passengers of a plane crash. Being a thief who is down on his luck, he takes advantage of the rescue, but then someone else claims credit for it. Written by Rob Hartill

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One selfless act of courage can really mess up your whole day. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for uses of strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hero and a Half See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,210,875, 4 October 1992

Gross USA:

$19,507,345

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,507,345
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original working title was "Hero and a Half", which had to be changed, because of the concurrently released Cop & ½ (1993). See more »

Goofs

After the plane crash the brake lights on Bernie's car stay on after he has gotten out of the car See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Judge Goines: Mr. foreman, have you arrived at a verdict?
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to the people of Piru and Filmore, California; the people of Cook County, Illinois. See more »


Soundtracks

Heart of a Hero
(1992)
Produced by Luther Vandross
Written and Performed by Luther Vandross (during the end credits)
(featuring members of The Los Angeles Children's Chorus)
Arranged by Nat Adderley Jr. (uncredited)
Courtesy of Epic Records
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Highly underrated
18 April 2004 | by bobqwatsonSee all my reviews

This film is terribly misrepresented by critics. True, it is not an insightful social critique. It is not a moving analysis of human nature. It is not a philosophical masterpiece. But it makes no pretensions to be any of these things. Hero is pure Hollywood, and is the very best of what Hollywood means, or meant at the time. The plot is clever, the writing is witty, the characters are interesting, and the acting is decent (Dustin Hoffman is great). The development is not meant to expose new subtleties of human emotion, but rather strongly to evoke obvious ones -- in this case, pride. In other words, it is meant to make you happy. That is not to say that the audience is barraged with heavy-handed judgments, merely that it does not require a degree in theater to like the film. It is interesting enough to be enjoyable after several viewings, but not subtle enough to require serious study.

Hero is perfect for the intelligent moviegoer who wants to watch a film for fun, and that is the context in which it should be understood. It is Hollywood at its best.


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