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The Plot Against Harry (1989)

A small-time Jewish racketeer, just out of prison, finds himself in a quandary. Returning to his old neighborhood, he finds that the streets that he and his friends once controlled have now... See full summary »

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1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »
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Credited cast:
Martin Priest ...
Harry Plotnick
Ben Lang ...
Leo
Maxine Woods ...
Kay
Henry Nemo ...
Max
Jacques Taylor ...
Jack
Jean Leslie ...
Irene
Ellen Herbert ...
Mae
Sandra Kazan ...
Margie
Ronald Coralian ...
Mel Skolnik
Max Ulman ...
Sidney
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louis Basile ...
Doctor
Margo Ann Berdeshevsky ...
Millie (as Margo Solin)
Ethel Burke ...
Ida
Stephen Cheng ...
Jimmy Hong
Sarah Christie ...
Tillie
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A small-time Jewish racketeer, just out of prison, finds himself in a quandary. Returning to his old neighborhood, he finds that the streets that he and his friends once controlled have now been taken over by blacks and Hispanics. On top of that, he must try to get back with his family, who want nothing to do with him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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16 May 1990 (France)  »

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Conspiração Contra Harry  »

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$274,182 (USA)
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The film was shot in black and white in the late 1960s and was not given a proper release. Almost exactly twenty years later, in 1989, it was discovered and given a proper release for the first time. See more »

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Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »

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better late, so forth
27 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If there were such a thing as a Jewish New Wave film movement in the late 60's, director Michael Roemer would certainly have been in its vanguard. His long lost, low budget comedy about a strictly small time New York City crook readjusting to life after a nine month prison stretch recalls some of the stylistic freedom of early Truffaut, while at the same time anticipating by two decades the deadpan anti-plot devices of Jim Jarmusch. In place of a story it offers a number of grotesque, eccentric characters, all bouncing off each other in unpredictable and unlikely places: a lingerie show, a dog obedience school, a bar mitzvah, and so forth. What the film lacks is enough substance to justify the overwhelming praise that greeted its belated release in 1989; it's fun, but at the same time it's also a negligible experience. The story behind the film is actually more interesting than the film itself, and after twenty years all the tardy attention probably benefited Roemer more than the movie-going public.


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