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Hero

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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie Feb. 24 2014
By Fran C
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super Feb. 13 2013
By Gen
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Tres tres bon film, nous ne le trouvions pas en magasin. La livraison a été vraiment très rapide. Merci beaucoup!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hoffman is great here! June 17 2004
By momazon
Format:DVD
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Fuggeddaboudit Dec 30 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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

One might draw the inference that I'm significantly underwhelmed. This review application won't let me give it NO STARS, so to get this out I had to give it one star.
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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"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 AN OTHER ACTOR VERY VERY MUCH INTELLIGENT Sept. 24 2003
Format:DVD
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 A WONDERFUL FILM April 7 2003
Format:DVD
A perfect cast, great story, wonderful humor, and a beautiful heart.It deserves so much more credit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dustin At His Best March 23 2002
Format:VHS Tape
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. Maybe not fully intended, but it's a brilliant comedy. Hoffman's indifference while trying to open the door of the plane is, in my opinion, one of the funniest scenes in cinema ever.
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