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Harry Cooper (Character)
from Night of the Living Dead (1968)

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Harry Cooper is a man carrying around a great deal of anger at a world which seems never to go his way. Basically a coward, Harry is accustomed to bullying people to get what he wants, including those closest to him. In spite of these character flaws, good native instincts have made him a survivor, nearly always able to figure his way out of a crisis, able to make sure someone else takes the fall.

When Harry and his family were attacked on the road by people who seemed insane, or in a trance, his instinctive cowardice at first served them all well, although his daughter was bitten by one of the assailants. Rather than stand and fight, he led the family to comparative safety in the cellar of an abandoned farmhouse, where they found some of the locals hiding also. Cooper made sure the others didn't open the door when they heard noises upstairs, and the sounds of a girl screaming. It was taking a chance, he reasoned, a chance with his daughter's life.

When Harry and Tom finally went upstairs to investigate, this comfy cellar domination was challenged by Ben, a man who was determined not to let Harry have his own way. Harry knew that this foolishness would get everyone killed, and tried to resist helping until even his own wife turned on him. When the escape attempt went awry and Ben became violent towards him, Harry's worst fears were confirmed, and he resolved to get ahold of the gun himself, and take power in their little sanctuary...

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