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

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We're all heroes if you catch us at the right moment. Even Bernie LaPlante. 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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Did You Know?


Reportedly, Dustin Hoffman didn't get along with director Stephen Frears while shooting the movie, to the point where during one occasion yelled for everyone to hear: "Directors who listen to my advices win Oscars and those who don't, go direct Havana (1990)" - a take on Sydney Pollack(I) who directed Hoffman in Tootsie (1982), another director he didn't get along. But whatever happened between Frears and Hoffman was probably forgotten. They got back together many years later in The Program (2015). 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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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to the people of Piru and Filmore, California; the people of Cook County, Illinois. See more »


Referenced in The Simpsons: Fear of Flying (1994) See more »


The Marine's Hymn
(©1919) (uncredited)
Music based on a melody by Jacques Offenbach from his opera "Genevieve de Brabant" (1859)
Played by a band outside the children's hospital
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A cast of great actors in a teasingly great film
8 August 2002 | by (Oxford, England) – See all my reviews

With a cast of the best actors of our time and one of the great ironic scripts, second to none in adventure story line, this film is relentlessly powerful. Hoffman, Garcia and Davis misunderstand and misrepresent each other to a fine tease in a magnificent display of the highs and lows of being human in America in the late twentieth century.

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