LIFEGUARD
1976, Paramount, 96 min, USA, Dir: Daniel Petrie

California lifeguard Rick Carlson (Sam Elliott) has managed to live life on his own terms, avoiding adult responsibility in favor of endless summers, peaceful winters and beautiful girls. But as his 15-year class reunion approaches, Rick is finally forced to ask himself what he really wants out of life and where he wants to go. Elliott’s restrained, beautiful star-making performance receives strong support from an exceptional cast that includes Anne Archer, Parker Stevenson and Kathleen Quinlan.


MASK
1985, Universal, 127 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

Disfigured teen Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz) fights against his disease and society’s prejudices with the help of an unconventional but loving biker mom (Cher) and her boyfriend (Sam Elliott). Peter Bogdanovich directs this true story with sensitivity and intelligence, creating that rare film that is heartwarming and inspirational without being phony in its sentiment.


THE HERO (2017)
2017, The Orchard, 100 min, USA, Dir: Brett Haley

Aging Western star Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) spends his days reliving past glories and smoking too much weed with his old co-star - now his dealer - Jeremy (Nick Offerman). When a cancer diagnosis swiftly adjusts his priorities, Hayden decides to look for one last role that will cement his legacy and strikes up a new relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon) while attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter Lucy (Krysten Ritter). Written and directed by Brett Haley (I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS), THE HERO is a poignant meditation on life and mortality and the legacies we leave behind.


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