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The Hero (1971)

Bloomfield (original title)
PG | | Drama | August 1972 (USA)
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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Eitan
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Nira
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Nimrod
Maurice Kaufmann ...
Yossi Yadin ...
Weiner
Shraga Friedman ...
Chairman
Aviva Marks ...
Teddy
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Bank Manager
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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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Guts... the only thing he's got left. See more »

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Probably the only movie to have its world premiere in Limerick , Ireland. This took place on November 6th, 1970. See more »

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Opening (Nimrod's Theme)
Music by Johnny Harris, Lyrics by Niall Connery & Bill Whelan
Performed by Johnny Harris Orchestra
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Richard Harris at his best
16 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

If you have enjoyed Richard Harris' work over his long career, this film is definitely worth seeing. Richard was a born rebel and this film is a natural vehicle for him. Filmed in Israel amid a stark landscape, it is firstly unusual looking. The story is of a 12 year old soccer fan who is obsessed with Eitan, the legendary football star of Isreal. He runs away from to find his hero. Arriving at Bloomfield stadium , he sees Eitan practicing with the team, unaware that the Football club have fallen through on their promise to Eitan. The boy and Eitan strike up a friendship because of their shared love of the game. They go on a journey together and Nimrod gets a real life view of his hero, who nearly sells out for money to throw the big game and be set up financially for the rest of his life. In the end, the hero has pride and honor but sadly looses the game , the boy and his sensible girlfriend, the late lovely Romy Schneider. But as we see in the final frame of the film, Eitan will go on living his own life anyway. Which is really the story about the actor himself. Richard Harris made his own rules in life and followed his own course. Unfortunately this is Harris' only directing effort. The film was not critically praised nor did it do well at the box office. This film has only been released on VHS as of this writing and is difficult to find. Try "IOffer" and eBay. I love it, but then I do admit to bias as I am a big fan of Richards' and I dearly miss him.


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