The Hero

2017 • 96 minutes
283 reviews
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THE HERO stars the legendary Sam Elliott as an aging actor confronting mortality in the moving new film from writer/director Brett Haley (I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS). Lee Hayden (Elliott) is a Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy. THE HERO is a beautiful and poignant celebration of life and the legacies we all leave behind.
283 reviews
Dan Stevens
September 16, 2017
This is so depressing and pathetic. Hollywood is full of depressed directors and writers whose entire goal in life is to make you feel their misery... but hey if you want to feel all bad and rotten for a couple hours, go for it .. Hollywood doesn't really make happy, joyful, inspiring movies anymore. That's leftism for you. This is your typical leftist film... darkness, despair, being old and sad... stupid!
40 people found this review helpful
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September 13, 2017
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24 people found this review helpful
Casey Scott
May 23, 2021
Everything hit the mark for me here, cinematography, performances, etc. This movie is definitely artistic to a certain degree, while I didn't necessarily like it, I do feel this is worth a watch for any fans of Sam Elliott, or those who like to see character studies of someone facing their own imminent death.