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The Hero

  • Starring: Krysten Ritter, Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Sam Elliott
  • Director: Brett Haley
  • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 93 min.

Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy

"This film belongs to its star. "
- Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
"It plants its gaze on Lee — and on Elliott, who takes The Hero in his hands and makes something quietly moving from it. "
- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Like Jeff Bridges in "Crazy Heart," this is an opportunity for a sometimes-underrated actor (Elliott has never been nominated for an Oscar) to show his range and capabilities. "
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Elliott does some of his finest work in one of the best movies in his career, a drama that feels like a biography."
- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"You will almost assuredly leave The Hero knowing that [Sam Elliott] is a bona fide national treasure."
- David Fear, Rolling Stone
"The Hero is a film about renewal, about an unexpected rebirth that doesn't come easy and can never be complete but that represents a recommitment to life, nonetheless. In The Hero, as elsewhere, Haley really is dealing with the subject of heroism, but the kind of heroism not usually found in movies, the heroism of daily life. "
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Elliott's a master of understatement, and just watching him stare off into the distance, mulling mortality with a weathered cowboy stance, is true cinematic Zen."
- Sara Stewart, New York Post
"'The Hero' is a resonant depiction of a man fearlessly reckoning with his life, his image and most importantly, his heart. Sam Elliott could not be more compelling."
- Katie Walsh, The Playlist