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Harry's War (1981)

 -  Comedy  -  March 1981 (USA)
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After his aunt dies of a heart attack while fighting the IRS, Harry Johnson decides to take up the cause.

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Harry Johnson
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'Aunt' Beverly
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Kathy
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Ernie
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Wilda
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Sgt. Billy (as Elisha Cook)
James Ray ...
Commissioner
Douglas Dirkson ...
Draper
Jerrold Ziman ...
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Jim McKrell ...
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Major Andrews
Prentiss Rowe ...
Sheriff
Vernon Weddle ...
Ponde
Max Lewin ...
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Alan Cherry ...
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Harry Johnson's aunt is a rich eccentric with an extensive collection of military memorabilia, who also happens to be in a fight with the IRS. When she dies of a heart attack, Harry blames her death on the IRS and takes up the fight himself. As Harry's cause gains attention and supporters, the 'war' soon escalates into a full-scale seige with Harry right in the center. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Commissioner: Taxes are the lifeblood of this nation. Collecting taxes is a thankless job. As officers and agents of the Internal Revenue Service, we are more than just an arm of the government. We are the heart and hands of the United States Treasury. There are, however, an increasing number who willfully disregard their obligation, resist the payment of taxes, and even openly criticize the Internal Revenue Service. Washington, and all of us, are gravely concerned over this growing contempt for...
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Good movie, hard to find
4 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First, the IMDb rating for this movie (at the time of this writing) of only 5.7 is a sham. If one takes the actual rating average from the 193 voters, then the rating average is actually 7.16, and if you take the number of stars from those who wrote reviews (and included stars) it has a 9 star rating. So why the 5.7? Well, it appears that if IMDb disagrees with the vote, then they simply change it to whatever they think it should be, and they also clearly state that they will not tell you how they came to that decision. So, in summary, your vote does not count unless they (IMDb) agrees with it, thereby, rendering the movie average that they display as practically useless.

How appropriate a treatment for this very movie, where the governing who disagree simply change the rules to their satisfaction.

This movie is worth seeing for those who wish to see a film regarding an ever growing issue in the US. It is hard to find, but with diligence you can come across DVD copies on the internet. It is certainly better than 5.7.

The protagonist, Harry, attempts to remedy a situation where his friend is about to have her property confiscated for back taxes, taxes that she actually does not owe. He attempts to talk with the IRS director, to no avail. He goes to the kangaroo tax court, only to learn that he lost before ever entering the court room. He quickly finds out that the system is designed to squelch noncompliance, which also results in the death of his friend in the tax court. The property, having been willed to Harry, now becomes his fight, which he does with a method of last desperation with seemingly no other alternative.

Although the film is a bit lighthearted and meant to be a comedy, the subject matter is quite serious. The end scene is darkly prophetic of the tragic incident involving the US government in Waco, Texas, 12 years after the movie was made.


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