The Hero (2017 film)

For other films with similar titling, see Hero (disambiguation) §:Film.

2017 American film directed by Brett Haley

The Hero is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed and edited by Brett Haley and written by Haley and Marc Basch. It stars Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter, Nick Offerman and Katharine Ross and follows an aging movie star who deals with his terminal illness. The film is based on the story line of Uttama Villain(2015) by Kamal Haasan

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 and was released on June 9, 2017, by The Orchard.


  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Production
  • 4 Release
    • 4.1 Critical response
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Lee Hayden is an aging Western actor with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking marijuana with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy, until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte, and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy, all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy.


  • 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


On April 20, 2016, it was reported that Sam Elliott would star in The Hero, directed and co-written by Brett Haley. Other cast members included Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter, Nick Offerman, and Elliott's wife Katharine Ross.

Filming took place throughout Los Angeles and lasted 18 days.


The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017. Shortly after, The Orchard acquired distribution rights to the film. It was released on June 9, 2017.

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 78% based on 106 reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Hero rests on Sam Elliott's understated performance, which proves more than capable of carrying the film through the less inspired moments of its somewhat clichéd story." On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the film has a score of 61 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".


    External links

    • Official website
    • The Hero at AllMovie
    • The Hero at Box Office Mojo
    • The Hero at IMDb
    • The Hero at Metacritic
    • The Hero at Rotten Tomatoes
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