The Hero

The Hero

Lee Hayden 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, 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.

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Brett Haley


Director: Brett Haley
Producer: Houston King, Sam Bisbee, Erik Rommesmo
Screenwriter: Brett Haley, Marc Basch
Cinematographer: Rob Givens
Editor: Brett Haley
Production Designer: Eric Archer
Music: Keegan DeWitt
Principal Cast: Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter, Nick Offerman, Katharine Ross


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Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2017
Genre: Drama
Screening Section: Festival Favorites
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: United States
Runtime: 90 mins