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Hero for a Day (2002)

PG-13  |  Video  |   |  Short, Action, Thriller  |  20 August 2002 (USA)
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A military-driven high school student acquires a video of a government backed murder and finds himself on the run from near-invincible forces.



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Credited cast:
Sean Callan ...
Julie Geistert ...
Claire Lauren Wright
Eric Norcross ...
Military Agent
John Burke ...
Military Contractor
Doughty ...
Jack (as Chris Doughty)
Branden Geistert ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brad Brown ...
Mitchell (voice) (as Jack Moran II)
Zachary Whitener ...


A high school student, obsessed with the military and destined for service in the Marines, acquires a video tape - the contents of which depict a government backed murder. Within second of viewing the footage, he finds himself on the run from near-invincible forces. With no one to turn to, he must use the skills he's spent his whole life researching to outsmart the smarter and destroy them before they destroy him. Written by NMedia

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Find Him. Chase Him. Kill Him.... Or He'll Kill You. See more »


Short | Action | Thriller






Release Date:

20 August 2002 (USA)  »

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$5,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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According to the DVD commentary, during the office meeting between Mr. Nichols and the Agent (Eric Norcross' character), the sound of a military funeral can be heard from the back window (behind Norcross). At the end of the procession a collective of jets fly over, the sound of the last jet moves into the right stereo speaker, insinuating the "missing man" formation. This is to insinuate a funeral for the character that was killed in the beginning. See more »


Dialog is missing at the beginning of the last fight scene between Shawn and the bad guy. Norcross' character is mouthing something, but you can't hear anything. See more »


Film Student: This is going to be a long day.
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A credit for the owner of a car the director crashed during the production appears very small, compared to the other credits. See more »

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One of the filmmaker's "deeper" movies.
4 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this film. Unlike all of the other movies Norcross has made, this one had a lot of internal struggles happening with the characters. Whether that was his intentions or not, I felt there was quite a bit of attention paid to the character development. You have Shawn, the hero of the story who is supposed to be all out military no matter what. He's only in high school, sure, but he can't wait to graduate and go to boot camp! That in itself is a study into the psychology of today's youth. Are they really that desperate to go out and kill people? The other is the young garrison commander that is played by the director. He's an evil, greedy, vindictive prick! What the heck could have happened to him so early on in life that he'd get involved in government cover ups at such an early age? As a Psychologist that has been running my own practice for 15 years now, I cannot begin to elaborate on how unstable the two characters were.

As a movie, it is entertaining about 90% of the time. There is a cool scene with the Coast Guard and there is a nicely orchestrated vehicular chase scene. It has all the makings of a good action movie except that it's only slightly shorter than a half an hour long. The music was very engaging and many of the scenics of the New England coast were downright beautiful. As a native of Maine, I really enjoyed the use of the locations the most.

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