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The Hero (1971)
"Bloomfield" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  August 1972 (USA)
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Richard Harris portrays Eitan, yesterday's football hero waiting for tomorrow. A man who has nothing left but guts. He consults the unheroic prospects of having to find a new profession and... See full summary »

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Eitan
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Nira
Kim Burfield ...
Nimrod
Maurice Kaufmann ...
Yossi Yadin ...
Weiner
Shraga Friedman ...
Chairman
Aviva Marks ...
Teddy
Yossi Graber ...
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Eldad
Gideon Shemer ...
Avraham
Sarah Moor ...
Sarah
Reuven Bar-Yotam ...
Menachem
Zvi Yaron ...
Nimrod's Father
Beyla Genauer ...
Nimrod's Mother
Amnon Berenson ...
Bulldozer Foreman
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Richard Harris portrays Eitan, yesterday's football hero waiting for tomorrow. A man who has nothing left but guts. He consults the unheroic prospects of having to find a new profession and having to face a loving woman who doesn't understand his problems. Written by alfiehitchie

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A portrait of real life
15 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is about an aging Israeli Soccer star named Eitan played by Richard Harris, his girlfriend Nira played by Romy Schneider and a young worshipful fan of Eitan named Nimrod played by Kim Burfield. Nimrod travels all the way to see his hero not realizing that Eitan is playing his last game.

If all of this sounds familiar, it is. Richard Harris also played the lead in the movie This Sporting Life. There he was nominated for an actor as a best actor. Here he directed and it was a flop. He needed more depth of personality and character for both roles.

It goes through at least a day in Eitan's life. Aitan's girlfriend tries to get Aitan to make sensible redirections in his life and he ignores all her advice and entreaties. Nimrod at first thinks she is being unfair and accompanies his hero as he prepares for his final game. Does he throw the game for money, put all his efforts into finding what do the rest of his life or something else? Dear reader, you will have to watch the movie yourself to find out all the sordid details yourself.

Noting the similarities between this movie and This Sporting Life (which I just watched) I finally read his mini-biography. Richard Harris was an up and coming Rugby player. He got tuberculosis which ended Rugby. He gravitated to theater and studied at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. That is where his education ended. It is not enough. Rather than just playing one role after another he should have taken some of the time up to this movie to broaden his education and learn something other than acting to deepen his personality. He would have attained greater nuance rather than just being the angry young man both in his movies and in real life. If he had been doing that from 1963 (This Sporting Life) and 1971 (The Hero) this movie would never have been made. He would also have played a much better King Arthur in Camelot. In fact, his whole career would have been more successful if he had just studied Mathematics, Philosophy, and other subjects not related to acting. Let that be a warning young actors. There is no short-cut to obtaining the depth and breadth of knowledge you need to acquire to make your career more successful.


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