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Sundance: The Orchard Buys ‘The Hero’ With Sam Elliott

Sundance: The Orchard Buys ‘The Hero’ With Sam Elliott

The Orchard has acquired all North American distribution rights “The Hero,” a drama about a fading Western star that offers up a showy role for Sam Elliott. It reunites the actor with director Brett Haley; the pair previously teamed up for “I’ll See You in My Dreams.”

Their latest collaboration premiered Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival to mixed reviews. Variety’s Peter Debruge praised Elliott’s work, but faulted Haley and his co-writer Mark Basch for having “…mistaken what the Aarp calls ‘movies for grownups’ for a kind of mushy feel-good pablum, throwing together a handful of familiar clichés in the hope that Elliott’s charm will carry the day.”

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