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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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Funny, cruel, mean-spirited
19 December 2005 | by (new york city) – See all my reviews

If Diane Arbus made a comedy from a script by Ernest Lehman and Cliffford Odets, the result would LOOK a lot like The Plot Against Harry. This is an icy-hearted comedy with scarcely a normal-looking human being in sight. Nearly everyone is some sort of New York Jewish grotesque. And yet there are dribs and drabs of sympathetic characterization throughout, as well as a fascinating and broad sociological survey of a range of urban types. We move easily from gangster-limo to garmento fashion-show, to a heart-charity telethon where an impossibly bland crooner entertains on the improbably shoddy set of a TV studio. By the end, you're rooting for Harry, a small-time hood with the personality of a pickled whitefish. This movie is one of my all-time favorites.


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