Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is an aging 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.
“With Elliott front and center of every scene, “The Hero” pulls off the kind of acting showcase that its fictional star can never achieve.” – Eric Kohn; INDIEWIRE
“The Hero” is a resonant depiction of a man fearlessly reckoning with his life, his image and most importantly, his heart. Sam Elliott could not be more compelling.” – Katie Walsh; THE PLAYLIST
“Elliott’s a master of understatement, and just watching him stare off into the distance, mulling mortality with a weathered cowboy stance, is true cinematic Zen.” – Sara Stewart; NEW YORK POST
Sam Elliott’s smoky, whiskey-soaked baritone is one of American cinema’s undervalued treasures… It pretty much rescues Brett Haley’s… The Hero, cutting clean through the film’s pile of clichés with its gruff feeling and wry, weary wit.” – Jon Frosch; HOLLYWOOD REPORTER