Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2017
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 93 minutes


Made famous by his iconic role as a heroic cowboy in the 70s and 80s, Lee Hayden’s present-day career is dismal. Between infrequent voice-over gigs, he passes the time getting high with his former co-star and hesitantly falls into a new romance with Charlotte, a bold stand-up comic half his age. After receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western Appreciation and Preservation Guild, his colorful acceptance speech thrusts him back into the limelight, flooding him with promising new job prospects. His career and love life gain a second wind while the recent news of his unfortunate medical diagnosis has him in a state of serious contemplation. At 71 years old, Lee dwells on his legacy—not only in his role as an actor, but also as an ex-husband, absent father, and aging man. With a star-studded cast including the legendary Sam Elliott as Lee Hayden, THE HERO portrays a man reflecting on the lasting mark he’s made on this world while attempting to make peace for his remaining days ahead. - A.B.

CIFF41 Screenings

Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 7:00 PM

American Independents Competition

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Brett Haley

Brett Haley grew up in Key West and Pensacola, Florida. He graduated with a B.F.A. in Directing from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Haley has also edited, produced, and acted in numerous short and feature films.

"The New Year" (2010), "I'll See You in My Dreams" (2015) – 39th CIFF, THE HERO (2017)

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Brett Haley

Principal Cast
Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter, Katherine Ross

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