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Release Date: June 9th, 2017

DVD Release Date: September 19th, 2017

R|1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary
Lee Hayden 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, 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.

Cast: Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter, Katharine Ross, Ali Wong, Cameron Esposito, Doug Cox

Director: Brett Haley

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Park Pictures, Northern Lights Films, Houston King

Distributors: The Orchard

Keywords: Daughter, 2010s, Sacrifice, Growing up, Emotional, House, Moving, Brooding, Love, Fall, Engaging

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  • If The Hero works at all, it’s because Elliott brings a measure of emotional truth to even the most sentimental of plot developments, and because Haley exudes such warm patience for his lead actor’s rhythms and cadences. show more

  • It’s as if Haley viewed his star’s strengths — laconic wit, unforced masculinity, polite romanticism — as the only elements needed for a Sam Elliott showcase, rather than as the building blocks from which to mold an original character. show more

  • Luckily, Elliott succeeds in pulling you into Lee's emotional orbit and holding you there even when the movie falters. show more

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