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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hero 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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When Sam Elliott originally received the script, the film was titled "Iceberg". See more »

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[first lines]
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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Sam Elliott delivers the performance of his lifetime
24 January 2017 | by sergeslevinSee all my reviews

I had an opportunity to watch the film during its premiere at Sundance. Beautifully shot: romantic spans of ocean and countryside were breathtaking. Sam Elliott carried the film from the start to the very end. As the director had stated during the Q&A, if Sam refused for whatever reason to do this role, there wouldn't be this film.

Very emotional narrative. Depressing at times, but cathartic overall. It's a slow paced exploration of life, rejection, denial, depression, and ultimately death. The perception of death is a big theme in The Hero. Driven by a power poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay - 'Conscientious Objector': "I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death."

Great film for audience that enjoys movies like: "21 Grams", "Manchester by the Sea", and "The Hours".


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