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The Hero (2017)

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An ailing movie star comes to terms with his past and mortality.

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Brett Haley
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Sam Elliott ... Lee Hayden
Laura Prepon ... Charlotte Dylan
Nick Offerman ... Jeremy Frost
Krysten Ritter ... Lucy Hayden
Katharine Ross ... Valarie Hayden
Ali Wong ... Ali Wong
Cameron Esposito ... Cameron Esposito
Doug Cox ... Doctor
Max Gail ... Gary Babcock
Jackie Joyner ... Betsy
Patrika Darbo ... Diane
Frank Collison ... Man in Dream
Andy Allo ... Bartender
Linda Lee McBride Linda Lee McBride ... Linda
Christopher May ... Director
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Storyline

Lee Hayden is a veteran actor of Westerns whose career's best years are behind him after his one really great film, "The Hero". Now, scraping by with voice-overs for commercials, Lee learns that he has a terminal prognosis of pancreatic cancer. Unable to bring himself to tell anyone about it, especially his estranged family, Lee can only brood alone as troubling, yet inspiring, dreams haunt him. Things change when he meets Charlotte Dylan, a stand-up comedienne who becomes a lover who inadvertently jump-starts his public profile. Now facing a profound emotional conflict of having a potential career comeback, even as his imminent death is staring him in the face, Lee must finally come to terms with both realities when he finally confesses his situation to the one person he can. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for drug use, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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USA

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English

Release Date:

9 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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Gross USA:

$4,077,333, 12 October 2017
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Dolby

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Sam Elliott and Nick Offerman appeared Parks and Recreation (2009), with Elliott playing Ron Dunn, the Eagleton counterpart of Ron Swanson (Offerman). See more »

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Lee Hayden: [in a recording studio speaking dialogue for a commercial] Lone Star Barbecue Sauce. The perfect partner for your chicken.
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A good film to spend your summer movie going dollars
13 July 2017 | by ccorral419See all my reviews

Director Brett Haley once again joins writing forces with Marc Basch (both of "I'll See You in My Dreams" - 2015) to present a LA based story that feels current, plausible and welcoming. Ruggedly handsome and gruff toned Sam Elliott ("Grace and Frankie") is Lee Hayden, an actor past his prime now doing quirky VoiceOvers and smoking pot and drinking with his former actor co-star Jeremy (the always enjoyable Nick Offerman "Parks and Recreation"). When fellow pot-head Charlotte (another TV favorite Laura Prepon "That 70's Show) appears on the scene, her unique love affair with Lee pushes him to face some important life decisions, including his relationship with estranged daughter Lucy (the beautiful Krysten Ritter - TV's "Jessica Jones") and his Ex Valerie (one of my favorites Katharine Ross - "Donnie Darko" - 2001: a film I was also in!). I love when a director welcomes familiar character actors to join a film, and here Doug Cox, Max Gail, Patrika Darbo, Cameron Esposito and Christopher May are a welcomed infusion to the story. "The Hero" is a sound film with good storytelling, presented at a time when summer animation, CGI and explosion films are seeking your movie going dollar.


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