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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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Gale Gayley
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Evelyn
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Chucky
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Winston
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Wallace
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Conklin
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Chick
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Judge Goines
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Flight Attendant Leslie Sugar
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Donna O'Day
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Joey
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Robinson
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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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2 October 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hero and a Half  »

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Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$19,487,173 (USA)
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The idea for the film was born when producer Laura Ziskin and Alvin Sargent, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter who co-wrote the story for this film, were watching the 1988 presidential primaries. They became intrigued by television's power to instantly create identity and reputation with a single act or image. When Ziskin later saw TV news reports of a plane crash in which people were rescued by "a man who came out of nowhere", she gave the scenario a comic spin: "What if a truly wonderful act were performed by a person who's actually pretty crummy . . . a lowlife . . . a criminal ... a Bernie LaPlante?". Director Stephen Frears added: "The press are treated as a fact of contemporary life - powerful, pervasive and often highly amusing in their feverish pursuit of a story". See more »

Goofs

When Bernie and John are driving in stop and go traffic the car they are in doesn't move. All the cars around it inch up and move in reverse through the entire conversation. 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 »

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Referenced in Meu Tio Matou um Cara (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

The Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Music by William Steffe
Arranged by George Fenton and Jeff Atmajian
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Under-rated movie
22 February 2000 | by (Melbourne,Australia) – See all my reviews

Dustin H is at his brilliant best. Listen carefully to his closing speech to his son(delivered with passion in the zoo). Words of wisdom about the state of the human zoo we live in. The movie has humour, pathos and some great lines. One of my favourites.


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