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.


TOMBSTONE
1993, Buena Vista Pictures, 130 min, USA, Dir: George P. Cosmatos

This action-packed, all-star retelling of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral remains one of the most successful contemporary Westerns. Kurt Russell stands tall as Wyatt Earp, a lawman hoping to retire to the town of Tombstone, Arizona, only to find it plagued by a vicious band of outlaws known as the Cochise County Cowboys. Sam Elliott and Bill Paxton costar as brothers Virgil and Morgan Earp, and Val Kilmer gives one of his best-ever performances as the ailing but reliable Doc Holliday.


ROAD HOUSE (1989)
1989, Park Circus, 113 min, Dir: Rowdy Herrington

Wanna watch thugs crush helpless station wagons with a monster truck? Wanna see Patrick Swayze tear out a guy’s throat with his bare hands? This is your movie! Swayze stars as a top-notch bouncer (or “cooler”) brought in to Jasper, Missouri, to tame the Double Deuce club. Complicating his work is local hood Ben Gazzara. Kelly Lynch and Sam Elliott costar in this action-packed guilty pleasure.


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