Hero (1992) - Rotten Tomatoes

Hero (1992)




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Movie Info

A scuzzy petty thief anonymously rescues several people from a plane crash, only to see a charming homeless man take credit for the act and become a national media sensation. This comedy focuses on the embittered thief's efforts to expose the truth and win the proper recognition.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David Webb Peoples, Eric Edson, Alvin Sargent, Laura Ziskin
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 25, 1999
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Dustin Hoffman
as Bernie Laplante
Geena Davis
as Gale Gayley
Andy Garcia
as John Bubber
Warren Berlinger
as Judge Goines
Cady Huffman
as Flight Attendant Les...
Susie Cusack
as Donna O'Day
Terry Muller
as Tough Prisoner
Daniel Baldwin
as Fireman Denton
Margery Ross
as Barbara Bush Look-A-...
Don Yesso
as Elliott
Don Pugsley
as Jury Foreman
Lee Wilkof
as Prosecutor
Steven Elkins
as 1st Bailiff
Leslie Jordan
as Court Official
Ricardo Salinas
as Mendoza's Friend
Don S. Davis
as Probation Officer
Darrell Larson
as Flight Attendant Fre...
Harry Northup
as Mr. Fletcher
Jordan Bond
as Richie Fletcher
Eric Poppick
as Mr. Smith
Harry Northrup
as Mr. Fletcher
Peggy Roeder
as Bag Lady on TV
Katrina Cerio
as Makeup Artist
Kevin Jackson
as Inspector Dayton
Don Gazzaniga
as Fire Captain
Lance Kinsey
as Paramedic
Michael Talbott
as State Police Officer
Shirley Pierce
as Anchorwoman, Channe...
Sam Derence
as Reporter, Channel 8
Rick Plastina
as Reporter, Channel 1...
Martin Schienle
as Allen in Coma
Jeff Garlin
as News Vendor
John Mohrlein
as Fighter Wannabee
Tony Fitzpatrick
as Fighter Wannabee
Vito D'Ambrosio
as Another Wannabee
Jay Leggett
as Mud Face Wannabee
Dev Kennedy
as Tall Wannabee
Darryl David
as Tough Prisoner
Terry 'Turk' Muller
as Tough Prisoner
I.M. Hobson
as Waiter/Captain
William Newman
as Millionaire
Clea Lewis
as Sylvia
Jeff Kline
as Street Kid
C. John Merrill
as Street Kid
Lynn Oddo
as Buxom Woman
Milton L. Cobb
as Vietnam Vet
Robert Pabst
as Vietnam Vet
Tom Milanovich
as Guard at Jail
Cordis Heard
as Nurse Roberts
Rom Milanovich
as Guard at Jail
Mandy Duncan
as Teen in Hospital
Gerardo Murillo-Carr
as Teen in Hospital
Henry Brown
as Hospital Guard
Tamar Teufenkjian
as Child in Hospital
Jose Reyes
as Child in Hospital
Michael Mullen
as Child in Hospital
D'Angelo Ferreri
as Child in Hospital
Kody Cullum
as Child in Hospital
Heidi McNeal
as Teenage Girl at Hosp...
Michael O'Dwyer
as Cop at Hospital
Ed Scheibner
as Donna's Boyfriend
James Callahan
as Police Chief
D. David Morin
as Fireman on Ledge
Dan Healy
as George Bush Lookalik...
Jeff Klein
as Street Kid
Margery Jane Ross
as Barbara Bush Lookali...
John M. Watson Sr.
as African-American Wan...
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News & Interviews for Hero

Critic Reviews for Hero

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (7)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 2, 2003
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A mess, though very often an enjoyable one, thanks to the cast.

Full Review… | September 17, 2007

A misconceived project, inspired by classic Hollywood films of golden age (Nothing Scared, Hail the Conquering Hero) but marred by underdeveloped and rambling script--Stephen Frears first big failure.

Full Review… | December 5, 2006

Solid performances all-round

February 7, 2006

Audience Reviews for Hero


It's not the best picture of the director, but Stephen Frears' comedy presents a good concept, just like the screenplay and that make me identify oneself with the character Bernie LaPlante (Dustin Hoffman) in some bad moments. We see that Frears, is trying bring to the contemporary cinema the Frank Capra style, but that don't help very much Hero. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

We're all heroes if you catch us at the right moment.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Its an ok movie, pretty enjoyable!
Its funny but not what you call laugh out loud funny!
I like this movie as it is quite amusing and its a great cast and the storyline is ok but its just a bit predictable and can get annoying in places as its that sort of typical movie where you've cried wolf too many times no one believes you and then everyone and everything is then getting in the way of things, so it can get irritating but apart from that its worth a watch even if you only watch it the once.
Dustin Hoffman plays a man who isnt your typical hero and is only concerned about himself but when a plane crashes down in front of him he finds himself becoming an international hero and loved by eeveryone.... the onlky problem is some hobbo has taken the claim for something Hoffman has done! so throughout this movie we find out how hoffman wins his money back and becomes the hero!!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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