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.

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


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as Jury Foreman

as Prosecutor

as 1st Bailiff

as Court Official

as Mendoza's Friend

as Probation Officer

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as Mr. Fletcher

as Richie Fletcher

as Mr. Smith

as Mr. Fletcher

as Bag Lady on TV

as Makeup Artist

as Inspector Dayton

as Fire Captain

as Paramedic

as State Police Officer

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as Reporter, Channel 8

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as Allen in Coma

as News Vendor

as Fighter Wannabee

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as Another Wannabee

as Mud Face Wannabee

as Tall Wannabee

as Tough Prisoner

as Tough Prisoner

as Waiter/Captain

as Millionaire

as Sylvia

as Street Kid

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as Buxom Woman

as Vietnam Vet

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as Guard at Jail

as Nurse Roberts

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as Teen in Hospital

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as Hospital Guard

as Child in Hospital

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as Cop at Hospital

as Donna's Boyfriend

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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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