The Hero (2017) Plot
Meet Lee Hayden, The Hero of the silver screen’s golden age! In his prime, he had the most captivating voice and delivered stunning performances in classic Western movies. But now, in his 70s, those glory days are behind him, and he mainly gets voice work for advertisements.
One day, Lee’s agent, Peter, gives him some bittersweet news. A group wants to honor him with a lifetime achievement award for his outstanding acting in Westerns, but sadly, no new job offers are coming his way. As if that wasn’t enough, the universe delivers another blow – Lee is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Facing his own mortality, Lee starts reevaluating his life. He spends his days reminiscing about past triumphs and smoking marijuana with Jeremy, his former co-star turned dealer. However, he knows he needs to reach out to his loved ones. Lee contacts his ex-wife Val and attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy. Instead of disclosing his illness, he tells them about a fictitious new film he’s planning to do.
In an effort to make amends with Lucy, Lee invites her to the award ceremony, but she can’t make it. So, he arranges a lunch date for Tuesday. While attending the ceremony, Lee unexpectedly meets Charlotte, whom he had briefly encountered at Jeremy’s place. They share an impromptu connection, and he asks her to be his date for the event.
On their way to the ceremony, they decide to take a bit of ecstasy, which lightens their spirits. Lee enjoys the spotlight once more, meeting guests and even signing autographs. During his acceptance speech, he gives the award to someone else, highlighting the talent in the room.
The next morning, Lee wakes up next to Charlotte. They start an unconventional relationship, despite their age difference. Meanwhile, Peter informs Lee that his speech went viral, leading to numerous job offers. Lee is given a script for an audition on Tuesday, and Jeremy helps him rehearse.
However, the audition becomes emotionally overwhelming for Lee, leading to a breakdown. Frustrated, he lashes out at a fan and returns home, drowning his sorrows in alcohol and other substances. He ends up sleeping through his lunch date with Lucy, and when he realizes this, he panics, unable to reach her.
Thankfully, Charlotte arrives and comforts him. Lee finally confesses that he is dying, and she urges him to tell his family and undergo the recommended medical procedure. He begins by opening up to Val, who then reaches out to Lucy, creating an opportunity for reconciliation.
As the days unfold, Lee finds unexpected support and strength from Charlotte. Despite the challenges that lie ahead, he embraces the journey with newfound courage, cherishing the moments he has left and seeking forgiveness and closure with those he loves.
The Hero (2017) Cast
- Sam Elliott as Lee Hayden
- Laura Prepon as Charlotte Dylan
- Krysten Ritter as Lucy Hayden
- Nick Offerman as Jeremy Frost
- Katharine Ross as Valarie Hayden
- Ali Wong as Herself
- Cameron Esposito as Herself
- Doug Cox as Doctor
- Max Gail as Gary Babcock
- Jackie Joyner at Besty
- Patrika Darbo as Diane
- Frank Collison as Man in Dream
- Andy Allo as Bartender
- Linda Lee McBride as Linda
- Christopher May as Director
- Demetrios Saites as Paparazzi Cameraman
The Hero (2017) Review
A touching and authentic movie experience. It’s a heavy subject, but it reflects the reality of life. I recently lost my mother to pancreatic cancer, so watching this film brought back painful memories. It’s heart-wrenching to see someone facing a terminal illness, trying to mend fences and form stronger connections with their loved ones before it’s too late. When there are unresolved issues in relationships, it becomes even harder.
You can only hope for forgiveness and find it in your heart to forgive others as well. Sam Elliott, The Hero of the film, portrays that iconic cowboy persona with such authenticity, both on screen and in real life. He’s a man of few words, using long pauses and deep stares to express emotions, and he embodies true grit and silent suffering. Despite being tough, he also has a big heart, and you can’t help but admire that deep baritone voice of his – it’s instantly recognizable and adds to the film’s allure.
Overall, it’s a good movie, and I’m grateful to everyone involved in making it happen. It captures the essence of life’s struggles and the importance of forgiveness and love in our final moments.
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