Release year: 2017
Director: Brett Haley
Screenwriter: Brett Haley, Marc Basch
Starring: Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter, Katharine Ross, Ali Wong, Patrika Darbo, Doug Cox, Cameron Esposito
Ailing Western star Lee Hayden (Elliott) is getting by doing voice overs for commercial while trying to find the courage to tell people in his life that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Meeting the young Charlotte (Prepon) and getting involved with her romantically changes things.
It has always been evident that Elliott (Road House, 1989) has a great talent but he has seldom had as good a chance to prove it, than here. Haley (Hearts Beat Loud, 2018) truly gives him a chance to shine and prove his worth in the soul searching drama. Throughout the movie we see clips of Lee’s biggest hit, The Hero, as support to the story. Elliott with a cowboy hat is how we now him and it adds strength to the weakness of the beaten down Lee. The story moves along in a quiet pace, taking place over seemingly just a few day, making it a momentarily glimpse into the life of a struggling man. The emotions are never played out to great effect and the movie relies heavily on the performance, luckily they are very good.
Katharine Ross (The Stepford Wives, 1975), who plays Sam Elliott’s ex-wife in the movie, is married to him in real life.