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Harvey (1950)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 13 October 1950 (USA)
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Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six foot-tall rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane - but he may be wiser than anyone knows.

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Victoria Horne ...
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William H. Lynn ...
Judge Omar Gaffney (as William Lynn)
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Grayce Mills ...
Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet (as Grace Mills)
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Harvey ...
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Eccentric Man (scenes deleted)
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The classic stage hit gets the Hollywood treatment in the story of Elwood P. Dowd who makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only he sees (and a few privileged others on occasion also.) After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, a comedy of errors ensues. Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for a family mending its wounds and for romance blossoming in unexpected places. Written by Dale Roloff

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The Wonderful Pulitzer Prize Play... becomes one of the Great Motion Pictures of our Time!

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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13 October 1950 (USA)  »

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Mein Freund Harvey  »

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(Western Electric Recording)| (Dolby 5.1)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ranked #7 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "fantasy" in June 2008. See more »

Goofs

Books on the second shelf up from the bottom in Elwood's library change position throughout the movie. See more »

Quotes

Elwood P. Dowd: [talking about Harvey] Did I tell you he could stop clocks?
Dr. Chumley: To what purpose.
Elwood P. Dowd: Well, you've heard the expression; 'his face would stop a clock'.
Dr. Chumley: Mm-hmm.
Elwood P. Dowd: Well, Harvey can look at your clock... and stop it. And you can go anywhere you like, with anyone you like, and stay as long as you like, and when you get back... not one minute will have ticked by.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end Harvey opens a door and the words at the bottom of the screen say "Harvey as Himself." See more »

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Referenced in Desk Set (1957) See more »

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Written by Jack Brooks
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A true classic in every way
25 January 2000 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This is a sweet, poetic movie which at the same time is hilarious! James Stewart shines as Elwood P. Dowd who is always accompanied by his best friend Harvey, a 6 foot rabbit that is invisible to (almost) everybody else, and Josephine Hull is a scream as his poor, tormented older sister, Veta.

The story says a lot about imagination, kindness, miracles, and friendship, while simultaneously making you laugh out loud at the crazy characters inhabiting the town where it all takes place.

Favourite scene: While everybody else is running around trying to figure out what is going on, Elwood literally stops to smell the flowers. :-)

Favourite quote: "I was walking down along the street and I heard this voice saying, 'Good evening, Mr. Dowd'. Well, I turned around, and here was this big 6 foot rabbit leaning up against a lamp post. I thought nothing of that, because when you've lived in a town as long as I've lived in this one, you get used to the fact that everybody knows your name."

Don't miss this movie, because it is sure to leave a smile on your face and warmth in your heart :-). This is a true classic in every way.


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