My Father the Hero (1994 film)

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My Father the Hero
My father the hero.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed bySteve Miner
Produced byJacques Bar
Jean-Louis Livi
Screenplay byFrancis Veber
Charlie Peters
Based onMon père, ce héros
by Gérard Lauzier
Music byDavid Newman
CinematographyDaryn Okada
Edited byMarshall Harvey
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • February 4, 1994 (1994-02-04)
Running time
90 minutes
United States
Box office$45 million[1]

My Father the Hero is a 1994 French-American comedy-drama directed by Steve Miner and starring Gérard Depardieu and Katherine Heigl. It is an English-language remake of the 1991 French film Mon père, ce héros, which also starred Depardieu.


André Arnel (Gérard Depardieu), a Frenchman divorced from his wife, takes his teenage daughter, Nicole (Katherine Heigl), on vacation with him to The Bahamas. She is desperate to appear as a woman and not a girl, so in order to impress a local boy Ben (Dalton James), she makes up more and more ridiculous stories, starting with André being her lover and leading to some bizarre assumptions by the rest of the community.

André is desperate to make Nicole happy (especially as she is increasingly upset by his relationship with girlfriend Isobel) and so plays along with her crazy games, and the stories they make up get increasingly bizarre.



Filming occurred during the summer of 1993.


Box office[edit]

The film debuted at number 4 at the US box office behind Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Mrs. Doubtfire and Philadelphia.[2] It went on to gross $25.5 million in the United States and Canada and $19.3 million internationally for a worldwide total of $44.8 million.[3][1]

Critical response[edit]

The film received negative reviews from critics.[4][5][6] On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a rating of 14%, based on 14 reviews, with an average score of 3.8/10.[7]

Year-end lists[edit]


The film featured music and appearances by the Baha Men. The group's songs create the movie's island soundtrack.

  • "Back to the Island"
  • "Mo' Junkanoo"
  • "Gin and Coconut Water (Traditional)"
  • "Land of the Sea and Sun"
  • "Oh, Father"
  • "Island Boy"


  1. ^ a b "Worldwide rentals beat domestic take". Variety. February 13, 1995. p. 28.
  2. ^ Fox, David J. (February 8, 1994). "Weekend Box Office : 'Ace Ventura' Detects a Winning Take". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  3. ^ "My Father, the Hero". Box Office Mojo., Inc. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  4. ^ Maslin, Janet (February 4, 1994). "Review/Film; Depardieu's Bahamian Vacation". The New York Times. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  5. ^ Rainer, Peter (February 4, 1994). "MOVIE REVIEW : 'My Father' a Sordid Remake of a Sex Comedy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  6. ^ Ebert, Roger (February 4, 1994). "My Father the Hero". Ebert Digital LLC. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  7. ^ "My Father, the Hero (1994)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  8. ^ Arnold, William (December 30, 1994). "'94 Movies: Best and Worst". Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Final ed.). p. 20.

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