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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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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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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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Actress cast members Joan Cusack and Susie Cusack are sisters. Hero (1992) is the first of their two cinema movie collaborations [to date, February 2016], with the second being High Fidelity (2000), which also starred their brother John Cusack, their father Dick Cusack, and was also directed by Stephen Frears, the director of Hero (1992). The two pictures were made and released around eight years apart. Frears had also previously directed John Cusack in The Grifters (1990). See more »

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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 »

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[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 »


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Hoping That Someday You'd Care
(1927)
Music by George Gershwin (as George)
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
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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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