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Hero (I) (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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gale Gayley
Warren Berlinger ...
Judge Goines
Flight Attendant Leslie Sugar
Donna O'Day
Fireman Denton (as Daniel Leroy Baldwin)


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

2 October 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Héroe accidental  »

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Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)


$19,487,173 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Chevy Chase could not be credited because he was under contract with Warner Brothers at the time. Columbia Pictures was allowed to hire Chase as long as he would go uncredited so he would not violate his contract. See more »


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


[first lines]
Judge Goines: Mr. foreman, have you arrived at a verdict?
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Special thanks to the people of Piru and Filmore, California; the people of Cook County, Illinois. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bob Saget/TLC (1995) See more »


Heart of a Hero
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 (Paris, France) – See 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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