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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.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writers:

Laura Ziskin (story), Alvin Sargent (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dustin Hoffman ... Bernie LaPlante
Geena Davis ... Gale Gayley
Andy Garcia ... John Bubber
Joan Cusack ... Evelyn
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Chucky
Maury Chaykin ... Winston
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Wallace
Christian Clemenson ... Conklin
Tom Arnold ... Chick
Warren Berlinger ... Judge Goines
Cady Huffman ... Flight Attendant Leslie
Susie Cusack ... Donna O'Day
James Madio ... Joey
Richard Riehle ... Robinson
Daniel Baldwin ... Fireman Denton (as Daniel Leroy Baldwin)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

We're all heroes if you catch us at the right moment. Even Bernie LaPlante. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for uses of strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hero and a Half See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$19,507,345

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$66,807,345
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Cusack and Susie Cusack are sisters. This is the first of their two film collaborations (as of February 2016). The second being High Fidelity (2000), which also starred their brother John, their father Dick Cusack, and was also directed by Stephen Frears. Frears had also previously directed John in The Grifters (1990). See more »

Goofs

After the plane crash the brake lights on Bernie's car stay on after he has gotten out of the car See more »

Quotes

[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 »


Soundtracks

Hoping That Someday You'd Care
(1927)
Music by George Gershwin (as George)
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
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A bold statement.
19 December 1999 | by Troels-4See all my reviews

I felt not only well entertained by this film, it also reinforced my disdain towards the way media makes heroes out of people with media flair, instead of the people who really deserve it. As Bubber, the imposter, played in the film by Garcia so emphatically puts it: "We're all heroes if you catch us at the right moment". The falseness of this otherwise bold and inspiring message brings out a seldom heard truth about the way lies have sold so well in this century. And how most people are willing to sell their souls for the supposed joy of being a celebrity.

The similarity with the fabulous "Fearless" (starring Jeff Bridges) is striking, in spite of the completely different realization and overall mood of the film.


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