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Hero (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 2 October 1992 (USA)
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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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)  »

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Hero and a Half  »

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$42,000,000 (estimated)

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$19,487,173 (USA)
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Trivia

In her acceptance speech of the Silver Microphone, Gale Gayley takes out an onion and starts peeling it off. This is a direct reference to Henrik Ibsen's play "Peer Gynt". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Remade as The Prank (1999) See more »

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The Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Music by William Steffe
Arranged by George Fenton and Jeff Atmajian
In the score several times
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Uniquely Rewarding
14 February 2006 | by (Kalamazoo, Michigan) – See all my reviews

I disagree with the suggestion that this movie is fluff; just the opposite. It is truly unexpected. There's no phony character development, no sitcom silliness. What you have here is what I would call TRUE GRIT.  Dustin Hoffman gives one of his all-time best performances. Andy Garcia is equally true to character, and both actors get a chance to portray genuinely interesting characters. Yet, the ending could not be more perfect. Likewise, I'd argue that this movie does have social commentary. You'll see Chevy Chase at his best (although he doesn't appear in the credits). He illustrates the unholy alliance between news and show business in today's America. There's a great father-and-son story and an implied love story with Joan Cusack, someone who is underrated for her emotional expression. There's also a nice examination of truth and reality. Watch they boy from the plane. He can't remember what the hero said, so he is proud and excited to come up with what he thinks will sound good. Likewise, the hero's son finds the perfect answer to an awkward question for the news camera. We're all searching for that perfect answer if a news mike is stuck in our face. The hero sees this, and he is the only one in the movie who seems immune to it. He is my hero for remaining true to himself--as flawed as that is. No, this ain't Disney--it's Dustin, at his finest.


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