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A movie directed by Stephen Frears

When a plane crashes in a rainstorm, Bernie Laplante (Dustin Hoffman), a small time crook, anonymously risks his life and saves everyone. One of the passengers, Gayle Gayley (Geena Davis), a workaholic newscaster, sets out to find her hero with the help … see full wiki

Tags: Movies, Comedies
Cast: Chevy Chase
Director: Stephen Frears
Release Date: 1992
MPAA Rating: PG-13
1 review about Hero

Hero - "I'll give you $1 million for that shoe"

  • Jun 7, 2001
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The Bottom Line: Everyone is a hero each day, no matter what they do, if they just survive another day above ground.

I believe in heroes. I think we face them everyday in our lives and often don't know it. Sometimes it can be the police or fire department - natural heroes - or sometimes it can be that person struggling though their daily life. In my opinion you don't necessarily have to do heroic deeds to be a hero. These deeds, however, are generally the ones that get noticed, not the daily struggles.

This movie received little notice as many thought it was a disjointed movie, lacking any story line. As I see it, it was perhaps a true portrayal of a hero. Hoffman plays the part of, well, pretty much a slug, an affront to the public - face it, a low life. But even low-life forms sometimes have a heart, and often a family dropped by the wayside. Of course, this dissolved family is the true story behind this story, like in The Full Monty, as Hoffman is desperately trying to have a relationship with his son.

After saving many from a crashed and burning plane, including reporter Geena Davis, Hoffman laments the fact he has lost one of his shoes. As in Cinderella, this shoe plays a big part in the movie. Given a ride by trash picker, Andy Garcia, Hoffman tosses the remaining shoe into Garcia's truck. ‘What good does one shoe do me?'

When Davis realizes she can gain a lot of air time from this tragedy, egged on by her editor, Chevy Chase, she offers $1 million dollars to the hero that rescued her. Garcia, the new owner of the remaining shoe, steps forward to claim the prize.

This is the point that I believe the hero is made, not born, in this story, as Garcia adopts a grand persona to go with his new status. Remaining in the background, Hoffman makes an attempt to retrieve his personal glory - mainly to avoid a jail sentence. At this point Davis begins to question the authenticity of Garcia. In the end you wonder who the true hero was in this story - Garcia that gave it all or Hoffman that lost it all.

Sitting on the sidelines

Hoffman is pitiful in this movie. People pass others on the street everyday that are just like him and ignore them too. He was, or rather could have been, an enterprising thief. His shuffling, bumbling character took me back to Midnight Cowboy days when nothing quite worked for him then either. He was the perfect counterpoint to Garcia though.

Andy Garcia was made for this role - wait - the role was made for him. His ability to be ‘dressed up' and ‘taken out in public' works wonderfully with his dynamic good looks and charm. And those pleading eyes of his, he sold me.

Geena Davis is cloyingly bitter, or as Chase describes her in the movie ‘A reporter pretending to be a real person'. Her portrayal gives me the idea that, until personally involved, reporters pretty much distance themselves from the world and life.

Joan Cusack - for someone that really isn't all that attractive, she often appears beautiful in an irritating way. And that voice, the resonant whining. If she were my wife I'd have to hurt her. A great actress.

Chevy Chase is terrifically funny as he pops in and then pops out quickly. Just enough for a laugh break.

Sure, maybe the director, Stephen Frears, or the writer, David Peoples, could have done more with the movie. As it is, they sort of gave it a Cinderella movie feel - the underdog makes good. But who cares, it is just a couple of hours of fun.

Susi :)


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