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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.
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.
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"!!!
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.Read more ›
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Wonderful story of a heroic cynic, who becomes a hero against his better judgement and will. Casting is impeccable. Acting is superior. :DPublished 15 months ago by Hale & Hardy
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 on Feb. 24 2014 by Fran C
Tres tres bon film, nous ne le trouvions pas en magasin. La livraison a été vraiment très rapide. Merci beaucoup!Published on Feb. 13 2013 by Gen
The first time I have seen this film was over ten years ago, and recently it been nagging me out of nowhere. Read morePublished on April 23 2008 by Zach
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 ! Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2003 by B. ALAIN
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
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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 morePublished on Dec 15 2000 by D.W. Smith