The Hero

The Hero

DVD - 2017
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A former Western icon re-evaluates his life, his image and more importantly his heart after a surprise diagnosis.


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Jan 31, 2018

Sam Elliot was good but the script was unengaging, slow and pointless.

Jan 27, 2018

A fine Sam Elliott performance in a rare leading role (hence the generous 3-star rating) wasted on a lousy script. He plays Lee Hayden, a western-film actor on the far side of his career and his life, looking back with regret. Director Brett Haley's screenplay offers too many clichés and unbelievable plot elements -- not the least of which is Hayden's romance with a stand-up comedian (!) young enough to be his daughter. Elliott deserves so much better.

Jan 26, 2018

It is not like me to post comments on movies, but this one deserves an exception. I watched the trailer for Hero and placed a hold as it looked interesting. I already had a few films checked out with several others on hold, not to mention reading two library books that have to be returned soon. So I don't have time for poor quality movies. This is why, when I saw there were several comments here, I read them to see what people thought of this film before I made the decision to watch it or not.

I was disappointed to find all but one person who commented found it to be crap. It was especially disconcerting to see they were all very critical of his acting. This is why I am commenting. Fortunately I did not skip over this, but did decide to at least give it a chance, and was captivated from the beginning, and I hope others will be too.

I feel sorry for shallow people who are so numbed with all the mindless junk Hollywood feeds us that they cannot appreciate it when a rare movie, with excellent acting, comes along. I do have a minor objection to one plot device in the movie that I won't reveal, but other than that this is a very thoughtful and nuanced and artistic presentation with outstanding performances, especially by Sam Elliott, and the cinematography is a pleasure to watch as well.

Jan 07, 2018

Title should be changed from HERO to LOSER. i am a Sam Elliott fan but this one of his worst.
Mustash way over done. Wonder how the women liked kissing a broom? Was that his real hair? He had quite the mop? What kind of cancer did he have? Now that i am writing this review days later I can't recall most of the story line???? Maybe I fell asleep.

Dec 19, 2017

Sam Sam Sam..why on earth did you pick this sleeper? are you short on money? did you just like the fact that it was like the 60's man?? weed, women,wine?...I get that it might be something you could relate to, the whole life achievement thing and past glory, but you have done some really good work and for my money have always been a "sure thing" when it comes to spending my time on a film that at LEAST you are in it.....hope you find another script that lets you redeem yourself

Dec 18, 2017

Sam Elliot is not a very good actor and his performance in this movie proved it. He is a mustache with a deep voice that advertisers like to have represent their products. He thinks acting is tilting your head and looking at someone. After watching 3/4 of the movie we finely turned it off asking each other what was this movie all about? and neither had an answer. Don't waste any time watching this poor excuse for a movie. I will add this movie to my 5 worst movies watched.

Dec 16, 2017

I love Sam Elliott. I did not like this move. It was a slice of life film. No start, no ending, lots of pointless noise in the middle. Did not care for any of the characters, all unlikable. Its one of those films, that after you watch, you say to yourself " Well, there's 2 hours of my life I'll never get back."

Dec 11, 2017

Dull, slow, and sad. A huge disappointment.

Nov 29, 2017

Sam Elliot is always watchable, even if the material is not. The story itself we've seen many times and with a different actor may have been a complete bomb. But... there's something mesmerizing about Sam Elliot (and not just the 'stach!)

Nov 20, 2017

I'm a big Sam Elliott fan. Usually westerns or action movies are what I go for. Take the fact that he has a woman interested in him that us very much younger than he is, I thought he did an epic job in this show as it shows a man struggling with his mortality and a life he thinks has added up to nothing. The most moving scene was when he was in trying out for the movie and he couldn't get through the dialogue because of his relationship with his daughter. He was excellent there. And also when she did her stand up comedy routine and he listened and then walked out. It was thought provoking in that it made me feel how hurt I would have felt . . . and embarrassed. Now that I've given it all away, have fun watching it . . . or not.

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Sep 02, 2017

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