The Hero

The Hero

By Brett Haley

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2017-06-09
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 36min
  • Director: Brett Haley
  • Production Company: The Orchard
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 4.99
From 48 Ratings


THE HERO stars the legendary Sam Elliott as an aging actor confronting mortality in the moving new film from writer/director Brett Haley (I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS). Lee Hayden (Elliott) is a 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. THE HERO is a beautiful and poignant celebration of life and the legacies we all leave behind.




  • This movie bites.

    By flamencofeet
    I *love* Sam Elliott. (Who doesn’t, right?) This movie doesn’t do him or his talent justice. There’s *no* chemistry between him and Charlotte, his love interest (played by Laura Prepon, who I also love from her episode in Castle, but who feels totally unnatural and stilted in this role). The dialogue feels unreal, like it doesn’t match the emotions or movements of the actors. I can’t believe Rotten Tomatoes gave it 78%. Somebody is letting their admiration for Sam Elliott, the man, compensate for the movie starring Sam Elliot the actor. Total waste of money, but more important—a total waste of time. I rarely write reviews, but felt the need to write one for this. The movie just isn’t what it could have been had they maybe cast a more multi-dimensional love interest like a Maggie Gyllenhaal who has more emotional range on camera. Such an “intimate” and up-close story requires actors who can, with the slightest change of a facial expression or tone of voice, render universal feeling. Sadly, the supporting cast just didn’t have it (including the ex-wife and daughter).
  • Rare American Film of Quality

    By BSerracin
    A film about character, real life, love, fatherhood, manhood, work, achievement, redemption and the life force. Sam Elliott is brilliant in his precise definition of the man at the terminal point of life judging himself harshly, rejecting the role as hero. You will enjoy this poignant production. It actually leaves you wanting more. Perhaps, like all the characters striving for one more chapter in their life, one more day of love and joy of life. Worthy of awards. I particularly like Laura Prepon. She needs a big role. She always had talent. This film let's her use it. The camera catches it all.
  • Disappointed

    By Mike32457
    Really had high expectations for this film. I mean; "It's Sam Elliott for goodness sakes," but the movie was mostly slow, a little depressing, kind of boring, and going nowhere in particular. Thankful I got to see it for 99 cents.
  • beautiful and tender

    By Randifishenfeld
    just a lovely movie. wonderful acting. i truly enjoyed it.
  • A joy!

    By Kiite
    Gentle and true this move captures Sam Elliott and Katherine Ross with heart felt passion, finding life together as it is and not how we want it to be. Like a thirty year old scotch, Elliott provides the smooth taste and Ross provides the kick on the backside. Unconventional, fresh and worth watching a second and thrid time.
  • Real Life Including the Slow Parts

    By SK1003
    The Hero feels like real life including all its dull, slow, awkward and difficult parts. It's not a happy movie so it's not going to lift you up or provide a good time on a Friday night. But, it may make you think about some important things lke family, legacy, and thoughtfulness.
  • Meh

    By RealPerson193
    The pace is too slow. Riddled with cliches. Something to play in the background while you cook.
  • Beautiful Movie

    By MathOsGuru
    The title of this review says it all but for sake of reiteration, “Beautiful Movie.”
  • Wanted to like it, But.....

    By Stills Fan 01
    I love Sam Elliot (really, who dosen't), but I was left so depressed and let down after watching this. The stupid drug scenes made me feel like I was back in the 60s watching the drug inspired ravings of some self-indulgent director. It was slow, uninteresting, and most of all dissapointing.
  • Depressing

    By Guess123..
    Who does not like Sam Elliott’s voice. I bought this movie on that basis and his previous movies. But this movie was a lame imitation of his earlier characters. It dragged, scripts were predictable and very depressing. If you are a big Sam Elliott fan and insist on seeing it, save your money and just rent it...if you must.