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The Hero (2017)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 9 June 2017 (USA)
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An ailing movie star comes to terms with his past and mortality.

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Lucy Hayden
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Gary Babcock
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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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$3,384,747 (USA) (16 July 2017)
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When Sam Elliott originally received the script, the film was titled "Iceberg." However, it was changed due to the producers thinking it wouldn't sell. 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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Why Was "The Hero" Released in the Summer??
10 July 2017 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

"The Hero" is by far Sam Elliot's best acting performance ever. It is heartfelt and real throughout the movie.

The other actors were good and able to keep the movie going throughout.

The plot was also interesting and had a couple of twists that I did not see coming. (Who was hanged? And the painful stand-up comedy routine.)

This is a slow movie with a story. It's not an action thriller so get some popcorn and a drink, sit back, relax and watch it.

My question is the timing of the release. This is an adult, drama and should have been released after school starts. That would put it at the end of the year and closer to Academy Awards time.

I believe Sam Elliot will and should get a nomination for Best Actor.


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