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The Hero (1971)

Bloomfield (original title)
PG | | Drama | August 1972 (USA)
Eitan is yesterday's football star waiting for tomorrow. He is a man who has nothing left but guts. He consults the prospects of having to find a new profession and having to face a loving ... See full summary »

Writers:

Joseph Gross (novel), Richard Harris (additional material) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harris ... Eitan
Romy Schneider ... Nira
Kim Burfield ... Nimrod
Maurice Kaufmann ... Yasha
Yossi Yadin ... Weiner
Shraga Friedman Shraga Friedman ... Chairman
Aviva Marks ... Teddy
Yossi Graber ... Bank Manager (as Yossi Grabber)
David Heyman ... Eldad
Gideon Shemer ... Avraham (as Giddion Shemer)
Sarah Moor Sarah Moor ... Sarah
Reuven Bar-Yotam ... Menachem
Zvi Yaron Zvi Yaron ... Nimrod's Father
Beyla Genauer Beyla Genauer ... Nimrod's Mother
Amnon Berenson Amnon Berenson ... Bulldozer Foreman (as Amnon Bernson)
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Storyline

Eitan is yesterday's football star waiting for tomorrow. He is a man who has nothing left but guts. He consults the prospects of having to find a new profession and having to face a loving woman who doesn't understand his problems. Written by alfiehitchie

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soccer | based on novel | See All (2) »

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A moving story of a sportsman...Football is his whole life. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Israel

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

August 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hero See more »

Filming Locations:

Tel Aviv, Israel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees co-wrote the theme song, " The Loner". See more »

Quotes

Yasha: Nira's exhibition seems to be a great success.
Eitan: Yes, fantastic, especially with statues she used to make for laughs.
Yasha: Yes, the secret is to get someone to pay you to laugh.
Eitan: Well how come she isn't laughing anymore?
Yasha: She's frightened.
Eitan: Frightened for what?
Yasha: For you, for her, for both of you.
Eitan: Well, if she's like that now, Yasha, what's she going to be like in the future?
Yasha: Future? Do me a favour, Eitan, what future?
Eitan: I've got my contract with the club.
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Written by Johnny Harris
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Richard Harris at his best
16 November 2002 | by AujouretSee all my reviews

If you have enjoyed Richard Harris' work over his long career, this film is definitely worth seeing. Richard was a born rebel and this film is a natural vehicle for him. Filmed in Israel amid a stark landscape, it is firstly unusual looking. The story is of a 12 year old soccer fan who is obsessed with Eitan, the legendary football star of Isreal. He runs away from to find his hero. Arriving at Bloomfield stadium , he sees Eitan practicing with the team, unaware that the Football club have fallen through on their promise to Eitan. The boy and Eitan strike up a friendship because of their shared love of the game. They go on a journey together and Nimrod gets a real life view of his hero, who nearly sells out for money to throw the big game and be set up financially for the rest of his life. In the end, the hero has pride and honor but sadly looses the game , the boy and his sensible girlfriend, the late lovely Romy Schneider. But as we see in the final frame of the film, Eitan will go on living his own life anyway. Which is really the story about the actor himself. Richard Harris made his own rules in life and followed his own course. Unfortunately this is Harris' only directing effort. The film was not critically praised nor did it do well at the box office. This film has only been released on VHS as of this writing and is difficult to find. Try "IOffer" and eBay. I love it, but then I do admit to bias as I am a big fan of Richards' and I dearly miss him.


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