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5.0 out of 5 stars Hoffman is great here! June 17 2004
By momazon
Dustin Hoffman is Bernie, a selfish nasty guy who barely shows up at his ex-wife's to spend time with his kid. One night as he is driving to her house to fulfill his parental duty, he sees a downed plane in a field. Irritated but grudgingly acknowledging he should do the right thing, he pries open the door to free the passengers. He goes in and finds the unconscious Gale (Davis), who is a newscaster back from an awards show. Seeing everyone to safety, Bernie hails a cab and continues on his way.
Gale goes on TV looking for her hero. The cabdriver to whom Bernie told his tale then takes credit. He is handsome, seems nice and apparently saved an entire airplane full of people -- a media dream! Bernie sees all this on TV and gets aggravated to no end. But no one believes him that he did such a heroic deed.
The farce continues till it is indeed discovered, through a convoluted turn of events, who the real hero is. Mostly, thouh, Bernie wants to prove to his son that he can do a good thing every now and then, even if people won't believe you. As he philosophizes, the world is just layers of "poop". You peel through the layers till you find "poop" you can live with, and then that's your "poop"!!!
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"Hero" has an interesting premise because it has such an unlikely title character, namely Bernie LaPlante, a born loser played by Dustin Hoffman. Bernie is a small-time thief who has been thrown out of the house by his wife (Joan Cusak), whose son (James Madio) has pretty much written him off, and who is once again on the brink of being sent back to the slammer by a judge (Warren Berlinger). Looking over his options, Bernie figures his best play is to try and make amends with his son before he goes away for a few years. But bad luck pursues Bernie with a vengeance. Not only does his car break down but an airplane crashes in front of him and some kid who walks out of the wreckage bawling about his father being trapped in the plane. Complaining every step of the way, Bernie rescues several passengers, the last of whom is Gale Gayley (Geena Davis), Channel 4 News Reporter. She never sees much beyond a face covered in soot and mud, and the only photograph of her rescuer show a silhouette against the flames, so the story she ends up doing is about "The Angel of Flight 104." Meanwhile, insult is added to injury for Bernie, who lost one of his shoes during the rescue. The other he gives to cabbie John Bubber (Andy Garcia), all the while complaining about how stupid it was to try and be a hero.
Of course, this is all just prologue to the rest of the film, because Gale's television station offers a reward of $1 million for the identity of the mystery man who saved all those lives. Bernie could use the million dollars, but John has the shoe that matches the one the rescue workers found stuck in the mud. Besides, Bernie told John enough of the story for the imposter to get the details right. You also have to keep in mind that in "Hero" no good deed goes unpunished.
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5.0 out of 5 stars underrated June 7 2001
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Hero is really a gem. It features consistently good performances and is sharp, thought-provoking, and is touching without approaching sappiness. You get Geena Davis while she was still making good movies, Dustin Hoffman without much visible ego, a solid Andy Garcia, and the always-fabulous Joan Cusack.
This movie was SO underrated. I remember reading that Quentin Tarantino said this was a movie he wished he'd had a chance to direct because it could have been so much better, that in this movie you see a director reaching the extent of his abilities, and while I was glad to see that someone was recognizing it in any way, it also really made me mad that Quentin Tarantino, not like the most consistent or productive director, should say that about Steven Frears, who directed My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons, and this. Really! This is for me up there among the best movies of the past 10 years, certainly among the most underappreciated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars clearing too much heaven of the minds Sept. 2 1999
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There's a mean idea at this movie that for me justifies it all and is clearly verbalized sometimes: that heroism is at last a form of stupidity or madness. Sure, madness or stupidity have his peculiar greatness, but we can't cheat ourselves Dustin Hoffmann knows it very well and also what's real life, in his case, really unstable and sordid, but perhaps as all of us, he has these rare property capable of elevate and dignify one life at least for one time even in spite of manipulated tv and news. All in this film rounds over this idea and makes a good film different of the customary cinema of today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN OTHER ACTOR VERY VERY MUCH INTELLIGENT Sept. 24 2003
Dustin HOFFMAN is a PRODIGIOUS PHENOMENAL ACTOR in THIS SPLENDID MOVIE and he demonstrate witch he is able to conceive a role who's consist to be a FALSE COWARD ! He don't like the photographs the PUBLICITY for HIM and PREFEAR his SON at anything in his life he is contrained to make many things, ... stranges to retain his natural propensity to rob anything, EVEN his ADVOCATE FOR PAY SHE IN A SAME TIME WONDERFULL DUSTIN HOFFMAN AND HIS MOMENTARY FRIEND WHO'S ANDY GARCIA WHO'S AN OTHER WONDERFULL ACTOR !!!!! SPLENDID MOVIE !!!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I love this movie and have often wished I could see it again, after renting it once from a video store years ago. I don't know why it wasn't more well known.
Published 8 months ago by Fran C
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
Tres tres bon film, nous ne le trouvions pas en magasin. La livraison a été vraiment très rapide. Merci beaucoup!
Published 20 months ago by Gen
1.0 out of 5 stars Fuggeddaboudit
This is region 2 PAL. Won't play on anything North American. This from Amazon.CA! My Sony 400 disk Blu-ray player spit it out - INVALID DISK

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Published on Dec 30 2011 by C.W. Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars "Pardon The Vulgarity"
The first time I have seen this film was over ten years ago, and recently it been nagging me out of nowhere. Read more
Published on April 23 2008 by Zadius Sky
5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL FILM
A perfect cast, great story, wonderful humor, and a beautiful heart.It deserves so much more credit.
Published on April 7 2003 by H S Marks
4.0 out of 5 stars Dustin At His Best
Very few actors can play Idiots or losers like Hoffman does in this movie. He does it with so much grace that you want to adopt him. Read more
Published on March 23 2002 by Howard Good
5.0 out of 5 stars Hero is a Hero
Funny and warm hearted story of three people (Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis, and Andy Garcia) who show the press, the public, and each other what a hero is all about. Read more
Published on Dec 15 2000 by D.W. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Hoffman
An average story which is sort of naive. I rated this 4 star all because of the great actor, Mr. Hoffman.
Published on April 28 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN
The most heartwarming and humanism movie i have ever seen. I watch this movie again and again without getting tired of it.It is my #1 all time movie by far.
Published on April 9 2000
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