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Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis and Andy Garcia star in this captivating comedy from Stephen Frears, the director of Dangerous Liaisons and The Grifters. Davis is ace reporter Gale Gayley, who literally falls into the story of a lifetime when she's a passenger on an airplane that crashes into a Chicagobridge. In the smoke and darkness, she's saved by a rude, foul-mouthed "hero," who promptly disappears into the night leaving only one shoe behind. When Gale's TV station offers a million dollars to the mystery hero, a gentle Vietnam vet (Garcia) appears to claim the prize and share it with the city's homeless. But this screwball Cinderella story is complicated by the fact that the real hero is asmall-time crook (Hoffman) whom nobody believes. Both men have something heroic inside, as well as something to hide, and it's up to Gale to discover the true meaning of courage.

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  • Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis, Andy Garcia, Joan Cusack, Kevin J. O'Connor
  • Directors: Stephen Frears
  • Writers: Laura Ziskin, Alvin Sargent, David Webb Peoples
  • Producers: Joseph M. Caracciolo, Laura Ziskin, Sandy Isaac
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony / Mill Creek
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 1999
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000IPG4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,825 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hero" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Alls well that ends well, but it is the getting there that makes this movie so interesting.
chester care
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.
Lalalalaura
Garcia comes forward to claim the honor of the hero, and the media makes him into a saintly miracle worker, and everyone loves John Bubber.
Michael Butts

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Lalalalaura on 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Stafford on August 10, 2005
Format: DVD
Bernie Laplante (Dustin Hoffman) is not necessarily the kind of man to be nominated 'Role Model of the Year'. He's divorced, a liar, a cheat, a thief, and headed for jail. On the way to pick his son to the movies, he is the lone witness of a plane crash and very unwillingly saves the lives of all those on the plane after a boy begs him to save his father. He leaves the scene complaining at the loss of his shoe and his car which is now a wreck. Driven home by a homeless guy named John Bubber (Andy Garcia), Bernie gives his one remaining shoe to the guy, saying he'll never stick his neck out for anybody again. Gale Gayley (Geena Davis), a tv news reporter who was saved from the crash, is bent on finding the mysterious man who saved everyone on the plane. The media builds the mystery man up, calling him 'the Angel of Flight 104'. Gale's tv station offers a $1 million reward and much to Bernie's consternation, the homeless guy he had spoken to claims to be the 'hero'! Since no one got a good look of the 'hero' and John has the other shoe which matches the one left at the wreckage, who's to claim otherwise? And anyway, who would believe Bernie to be the hero-type?

A very satirical story, "Hero" is not necessarily about 'real heroes'. Instead, I could say that this film should have been named "The Ideal Hero" (nods to the Oscar Wilde play, "An Ideal Husband"). Both take the idea of the 'ideal', in this case the ideal hero: just how ideal is ideal? Is ideal just what we see on the surface? Because the surface can be deceiving... This film cleverly gives a very insightful look on how deceiving it is about what we 'want' to see and what the 'reality' is.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 1, 2004
Format: DVD
HERO is a film that wants to have it both ways, and succeeds in doing so. What is heroism is perhaps shaded with sentimentality and mush, but even when it's spoken by Andy Garcia and Dustin Hoffman, it makes this movie work.

Hoffman plays Bernie Laplante, a down on his luck, selfish, and deceitful father and crook. One night while on his way to take his 9 or 10 year old (Hoffman's never sure) to a movie, he witnesses a tragic plane crash, and in spite of his reluctance to help, he ends up rescuring everyone from the plane. Since he is in trouble with the law, he doesn't come forth to accept any credit. He tells his story and gives his one remaining shoe to a homeless man played with grace and sincerity by Andy Garcia. Garcia comes forward to claim the honor of the hero, and the media makes him into a saintly miracle worker, and everyone loves John Bubber. Hoffman ends up in jail and can't convince anyone that he is the real hero. Smack dab in the middle of all this is Geena Davis as the news reporter who Hoffman saved on the plane, and she's falling madly in love with Garcia.

The movie's resolution comes while Garcia and Hoffman are perched on the ledge of a skyscraper, and this is where the movie serves both sides: Garcia is a liar and deceitful, yet he has done so much good with his heroic aura that the audience doesn't really want to see him pay for his deceit; meanwhile Hoffman has been such a sleazeball for most of the movie, that you don't really want him to usurp Garcia, but at the same time, Hoffman's turn of heart makes you want to see him be recognized, especially for his ex-wife and son's benefit. How it works out is a little forced, but it satisfies both sides.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sally smith on May 28, 2006
Format: DVD
Gotta love poor old Bernie LaPlante..

Funny movie! I love Dustin Hoffman in this role. He is a lying scheming horrible father, low-life, con, that nothing goes right for. But, he's funny and loveable as heck. his views on life, that he wants to teach his son, are a hoot. he is grumpy and self-serving and when the opportunity to be a hero drops in his lap, he begrudgingly helps out, only to see what he can steal in the process.

I love Gena Davis in this movie. she is a star, with grace, beauty, and is just lovely. Andy Garcia is a dreamy cute, soft-spoken bum, that becomes the hero - he's so much better at public relations than poor anti-social Bernie.

The mom and the kid are great, and the judge saying, "in anticipation of incarceration." (you'll know what I mean when you see it!) I can not chop an onion with out thinking of Genna's speech at the media conference.

I keep this DVD on my shelf, and a few VHS copies too, to loan out to friends. As we speak, my Post Office has my video, I loaned to Bob, and he is passing it around. Stinkin funny movie. On my top 10 list.

5 stars, and more. Buy it, see it, love it. You'll root for Bernie like I do. thanks, SS
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