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
Dustin Hoffman's Bernard LaPlante character in June 2003 was ranked at the #203 position of the 400 Nominated Characters for the American Film Institute's "The 50 Greatest Heroes and the 50 Greatest Villains of all time" list. 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 »
Auld Lang Syne
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played and sung during the opening credits by an unidentified chorus
Reprised by them at the end See more »
This was one of my favorite movies. Its basic message is that no one is either 100% good or 100% sleazy, as Hoffman and Garcia's characters show. Hoffman plays a two-bit thief who rescues a bunch of people from a downed airplane (including news reporter Geena Davis), and Garcia, a seemingly noble Vietnam vet, winds up taking credit for it.
Basically, the movie shows the dangers of our need for a hero and the media's glorifying of such a need. I liked this movie a lot.
*** out of ****
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