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Gary Cooper: The Face of a Hero (1998)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 17 March 1998 (USA)
Known for his personification of the Western Hero, it was Montana-born Cooper's horse-riding skills that first brought him bit parts in movies. And he never lost his love of the great ... See full summary »
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A retrospective on the life and career of actor Gary Cooper, includes memorial scenes from his best films. Narrated by Clint Eastwood.

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Credited cast:
Maria Cooper Janis Maria Cooper Janis ... Herself - Daughter
Edward Dmytryk ... Himself
Jane Greer ... Herself
Charlton Heston
James Hill James Hill ... Himself - Producer
Joan Leslie
A.C. Lyles ... Himself
Jeffrey Meyers Jeffrey Meyers ... Himself - Biographer
Patricia Neal
Peter Mark Richman ... Himself - Choreographer
George C. Scott
Walter Seltzer Walter Seltzer ... Himself
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Known for his personification of the Western Hero, it was Montana-born Cooper's horse-riding skills that first brought him bit parts in movies. And he never lost his love of the great American outdoors. Though he rarely played a villain and was an adept comedian, Cooper is best remembered for his strong, silent heroes. With his lanky countryboy looks and shy hesitancy he created a unique screen presence, though his real life was one of sophisticated elegance. Over 100 movies brought him three Academy Award Nominations and two Academy Awards. Cooper's most memorable films include A Farewell to Arms, Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, Meet John Doe, The Pride of the Yankees and High Noon. Daughter Maria Cooper Janis and actors George C. Scott, Charlton Heston, Patricia Neal and Joan Leslie are among those appearing in this profile of one of Hollywood's greatest stars. Written by Janson Media

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17 March 1998 (USA) See more »

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Gary Cooper - Ein scheuer Held See more »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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Wombat Productions See more »
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Nice Look at Cooper's Career
21 January 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Gary Cooper; The Face of a Hero (1998)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

A very good documentary taking a look at the life and career of Gary Cooper. We get to hear about some of Cooper's early life but the main focus is on what made him such a great actor and so popular with people. Charlton Heston, George C. Scott, Patricia Neal, Joan Leslie, Jane Greer, Edward Dmytryk, Jeffrey Meyers, A.C. Lyles and others including Cooper's daughter.

As I've said about others in this series, the greatest thing is that we get a documentary that mainly focuses on the films but we get to hear from so many legends who are no longer with us. Getting to hear Scott tell a story about Cooper leaving his trailer to meet some fans was great as is a hilarious story told by Heston about someone who got a bit more than they hoped for when barking at Cooper. If you're a fan of the actor then you'll really enjoy hearing these stories as well as seeing all the footage from the films.


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