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The Hero. (Premieres June 9, 2017; The Orchard)

Lee Hayden (played by Sam Elliott), once a Western movie icon, now uses his golden voice to narrate barbecue-sauce ads. He receives bad news and semi-good news: a bad biopsy and a lifetime achievement award from an outfit he’s never heard of before. When his stoned acceptance speech goes viral, he sees a chance for a comeback, as well as a reconciliation with his neglected daughter (Krysten Ritter). Critics predict an Oscar for Elliott’s restrained, but raw performance.

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