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Harry's War (1981)

PG | | Comedy | March 1981 (USA)
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 ...
IRS Attorney
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Newsman (as Jim McKrell)
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Major Andrews
Prentiss Rowe ...
Sheriff
Vernon Weddle ...
Ponde
Max Lewin ...
Judge
Alan Cherry ...
Agent #1
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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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A Smart, Entertaining Conservative Film
2 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing "Harry's War" (1981) when I was on vacation in St. George of all places (where "Harry's War" was filmed). I honestly don't remember much about the film--the political arguments were a little beyond my 12-year-old brain.

Watching it recently as a 42-year-old, I must say that I enjoyed it quite a bit. Oh, the cinematography, script, and acting are a bit wobbly (you can tell it was a low-budget production), but it has one thing that a lot of movies today lack: entertainment value. I was entertained throughout the entire film. Part of it was probably due to the fact that I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I've seen plenty of left-wing diatribes on film, but I don't think I've ever seen anything so sincerely right-wing. And even though it was in the service of a "silly" comedy, it was smart right-wing (I know that sounds like a contradiction: silly and smart). The condemnation of the IRS in the film was valid, and it's only gotten about 1000 percent worse since 1981.


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