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Hero (1992)

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Release Date
 USA: Oct 2, 1992
DVD Release Date
 R1: May 25, 1999

Budget USD 42,000,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 57 minutes

Country USA

Studio Columbia Pictures

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Other Titles
• Hero
• Accidental Hero
• Ganz normaler Held, Ein (1993)

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Disaster, Deception, Satire, Mistaken Identity, Suspense, Revenge, Thieves

Tagline: One selfless act of courage can really mess up your whole day.

Plot: This modern re-working of a Frank Capra style fable tells the story of a small-time crook, Bernie Laplante (Dustin Hoffman), who grudgingly rescues an entire plane of crash victims, including TV reporter Gale Gayley (Geena Davis). He then disappears, heading home to say goodbye to his son before he has to go to jail. Gale turns the absent hero into a media celebrity, offering a million dollar reward to the man who can prove that he is the hero by producing the match to a shoe found in the mud outside the plane. John Bubber (Andy Garcia), a down-on-his-luck Vietnam vet, steps forward to claim the reward; he is able to produce the shoe, which he got from Bernie after giving him a lift that fateful night. Bernie, who considers himself "a cash kind of guy" changes his mind about the virtues of anonymity, and he tries to prove he is the real hero and claim his reward, while John begins to feel pangs of guilt over his deception and Gale begins to have feelings for the hero she created. This fast paced social comedy brings to mind Capra heros from the past such as Longfellow Deeds and John Doe, ordinary men who became overnight media sensations and national heroes.

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 Directed by
Stephen Frears
High Fidelity, Dangerous Liaisons, Dirty Pretty Things
 Written by
Laura Ziskin
What About Bob?, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2
Alvin Sargent
Unfaithful, What About Bob?, Ordinary People
Dustin Hoffman
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Geena Davis
Beetle Juice, Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own
Andy Garcia
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Joan Cusack
Toy Story 2, High Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank
Maury Chaykin
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Stephen Tobolowsky
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Tom Arnold
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 Music By
George Fenton
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