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Hero (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:
Flight Attendant Leslie
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:

Hero and a Half  »

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Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,210,875, 4 October 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


[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 »


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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Fun, feel-good movie
3 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

I saw "Hero" when it first opened in theaters, and tonight was the first time I saw it in 10 years. It's one of those amiable films that is virtually impossible to dislike. It's not the funniest comedy, nor are there any "big" laughs, yet I can't find anything lousy about this movie. And as a big plus, Dustin Hoffman is the star! He's one of my favorite actors, and I'm eager to see him in anything. He gives a fine, underrated performance that's both funny and touching, in an unpretentious way. His character of Bernie Laplante is no angel. He's rude, cranky and selfish. But he loves his son very much, and simply has trouble expressing his true emotions. It's always fun to see a serious actor in a comic role. And the advantage of it is serious actors approach comic roles in the same way they do any other roles. Like Gene Wilder said, "I approach the role of Leo Bloom in 'The Producers' the same way Olivier would approach 'Hamlet.'" Hoffman doesn't act goofy or ham it up, but simply plays it straight and lets the laughs come to him with his natural delivery. Andy Garcia delivers an endearing performance, and Joan Cusack is amusing as Hoffman's ex-wife. The plot is predictable and some of the characters are cliched, but overall the film is entertaining and at times moving. Though it is basically a comedy, it has its human elements that add an earthy quality to the film.

My score: 7 (out of 10)

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