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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
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

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


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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:

Hero and a Half  »

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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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Did You Know?


The original working title was "Hero and a Half" which had to be changed because of the concurrently released Cop & ½ (1993). See more »


In one exterior shot of the plane the firefighters are seen fighting a fire at the open doorway, yet in the next (interior) shot there is no fire coming from there. See more »


[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 »


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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A very good satire
25 January 2005 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

It has already been a while since I've seen a movie with Dustin Hoffman in it, which is really a shame. I've always admired his work and once again he proves to be a very talented actor with this movie.

This time he's playing Bernie Laplante, a little criminal who hasn't really had much luck in recent times. He's constantly having a fight with his ex over his son, he lives in a miserable apartment, he drives an incredibly old car... But than a plane crashes just right in front of his nose. And even though he has always been described as antisocial, he saves the lives of 54 people by opening the airplane's door and helping everybody out.

One of the people he has saved is a TV reporter. She immediately sees a good story in it and wants to interview him. But because she, nor her news station know who he is, they will give him one million dollar in return for an interview. All they know is that he has lost a size 10 shoe in the mud. Of course hundreds of people claim to be him, but one homeless guy, who got the other shoe from him, really can make them believe he's the true hero. He gets the million and makes up a beautiful story on how he all did it. Of course Bernie sees this (when he is in jail) and decides to confront the man with the truth.

This movie may not appeal to everybody, because not everybody may appreciate this kind of humor. Personally I find this a very good satire, that has actually a good point. In their search for sensational, touching news, TV stations will do really everything and seem to forget that the most important thing is still reality. If you are looking for a good comedy, with some fine acting and a good story, than this movie is really something you should try. I give it a 7.5/10.

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