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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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Stephen Frears

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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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One selfless act of courage can really mess up your whole day. 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

The amount of the reward money to find "The angel of Flight 104" was one million dollars. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 »

Connections

Features Police Woman (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Heart of a Hero
(1992)
Produced by Luther Vandross
Written and Performed by Luther Vandross (during the end credits)
(featuring members of The Los Angeles Children's Chorus)
Arranged by Nat Adderley Jr. (uncredited)
Courtesy of Epic Records
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People should give this movie a chance
24 June 1999 | by baumerSee all my reviews

Hero is the story of a not so nice man that performs an extra-ordinary act of courage. He rescues a crashed plane full of trapped passengers. And after he does, he disappears into the night, never to be seen again---that is until a T.V. station offers 1 million dollars for the man to come forward and identify himself. Someone else takes the credit through a funny series of events that should remain unsaid.

This film is a true treasure. It not only examines fragile human issues like family responsibility, love, our stigmas that we set upon heroes and morality, but it is a damn entertaining movie. It is also a tearjerker. Not many people gave this film a chance but now that it is out on video, check this one out. You will be glad you did.


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