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

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9 June 2017 (USA)  »

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$4,077,333, 12 October 2017
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When Sam Elliott originally received the script, the film was titled "Iceberg." See more »

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Lee Hayden: [He is in the recording studio speaking dialogue for a commercial] Lone Star Barbecue Sauce. The perfect partner for your chicken.
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Quiet & Great
9 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

A fine little movie with a great cast and a superb tone of melancholy. A little love story, aging, death, loneliness, reconciliation, and the trial about one's life's achievements - The Hero is a quiet movie with all the great themes of human existence. Sam Elliot plays the lead just exquisite and convincing, and the performances of his side-kicks Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter and Nick Offerman give him a lot to work with and the right canvas for his play. The Hero is an emotional, sad and contemplative movie with some bright spots and fine humor refined with some poetic works by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Alone the reading of the poem Dirge Without Music by Laura Prepon at the end of the movie... A movie for a mature audience.


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