Harry Keach has been widowed for two years and works as a bulldozer operator on a construction crew. Despite having a strong work ethic, that working life is cut short when health issues lead to him no longer being able to do the job. Harry has a strained relationship with his two grown children: Nina, who, with her insurance salesman husband, seems more concerned about what they can receive in material possessions through her relationship with Harry; and Howard, who still lives with Harry. Howard is an aspiring writer, but as a person who lives in the here and now would rather hang out having fun than find work in a steady job when he isn't writing. Despite Harry loving Howard and Howard loving Harry, the strain in their relationship is brought to the fore as Howard can work but won't while Harry wants to work but can't. Especially while they still live together, the two have to come to a new understanding as they move into the next phase of their respective lives, Howard's which ... Written by
Two men with nothing in common . . . except the blood in their veins.
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Did You Know?
One of a number of collaborations of the real life married acting couple of Paul Newman
and Joanne Woodward
. Publicity for this picture stated that the film marked an on-screen reunion of the pair. The film was the first time the two were appearing in a cinema movie together for about nine years with the last time having been in 1975's The Drowning Pool
(1975). Harry & Son
(1984) would also be the last time they appeared together in a theatrical film for around another six years until 1990's Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
(1990). See more
You know, looking for working can be a real gas.
You got something?
Yep, hope it ain't the clap.
[goes inside the house
What are you talking about?
[peeking out the door
I got lucky. I also got a job.
[goes back inside
The movie's closing credits declare: "PAN AM is pleased to have been of assistance on this film". See more