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Release Date:
2 March 1984 (USA) See more »
Two men with nothing in common . . . except the blood in their veins. See more »
Harry Keach has been widowed for two years and works as a demolition crane operator on a demolition crew. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
1 nomination See more »
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A mess See more (11 total) »


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Directed by
Paul Newman 
Writing credits
Ronald Buck (screen story and screenplay) (as Ronald L. Buck) and
Paul Newman (screen story and screenplay)

Raymond DeCapite (novel "A Lost King")

Produced by
Ronald Buck .... producer (as Ronald L. Buck)
Malcolm R. Harding .... associate producer
Paul Newman .... producer
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
Cinematography by
Donald McAlpine (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dede Allen 
Casting by
Vicki Huff 
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
Henry Bumstead 
Set Decoration by
Don K. Ivey  (as Don Ivey)
Makeup Department
Diane Johnson .... hair stylist
Elizabeth Lambert .... makeup artist (as Beth Lambert)
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Malcolm R. Harding .... unit production manager
Kerry Orent .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stan Barrett .... second unit director
Rafael Elortegui .... second assistant director (as Raphael Elortegui)
Michelle Marx .... first assistant director: second unit
David McGiffert .... first assistant director
Art Department
John Balling .... paint foreman
Irl Bender .... carpenter
Eugene Bright .... carpenter
Thomas Cocheo .... property master (as Thomas V. Cocheo)
Aaron Denton .... leadman
Aaron Denton .... set dresser
Jose Duarte .... scenic artist
Gabriel C. Ell .... construction coordinator (as Gabe Ell)
David C. Hardie .... carpenter (as David Hardie)
Richard Helfritz .... leadman
Richard Helfritz .... set dresser
Scott Jacobson .... greensman
William Kellow .... carpenter (as Bill Kellow)
Henry Larrecq .... assistant art director
Donald Mahn .... painter
Rick Roberts .... assistant property
Alex Stasko .... carpenter
O.C. Whiddon .... construction foreman
Sound Department
Louis Bertini .... assistant sound editor
Ron Bochar .... assistant sound editor (as Ronald Bochar)
Stan Bochner .... sound editor (as Stanley Bochner)
Sara Bolder .... assistant sound editor
Richard P. Cirincione .... supervising sound editor (as Richard Cirincione)
Randall Coleman .... assistant sound editor
Jack Dalton .... boom operator
Jay Dranch .... sound editor
Tom Fleischman .... re-recording mixer
Thomas A. Gulino .... sound editor (as Thomas Gulino)
Mary Hickey .... adr assistant
Neil L. Kaufman .... sound editor (as Neil Kaufman)
Jane McCulley .... adr assistant
Laurie Mullen .... assistant sound editor
Peter Odabashian .... sound editor
William S. Scharf .... adr editor (as William Scharf)
Stuart Stanley .... assistant sound editor
Dick Vorisek .... re-recording mixer
Jean Fraser Wardle .... adr editor
Howard Warren .... sound mixer
Randal A. Goya .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
J.B. Jones .... special effects
James L. Roberts .... special effects (uncredited)
Stan Barrett .... stunt coordinator
Michael Brockman .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
William D. Barber .... first assistant camera
Bert Bertolami .... second grip
Jerry Bertolami .... dolly grip
James Bright .... electrician (as James E. Bright)
Thomas Cocheo .... company grip (as Thomas J. Cocheo)
Herbert Davis .... film loader: second unit (as Herb Davis)
Jack Lee Gary .... second assistant camera
Robert Heine .... assistant camera: second unit
Edward Knott III .... company grip (as Eddie Knott III)
Ed Knott Jr. .... key grip (as Eddie Knott Jr.)
J. Steven Latham .... electrician
James Latham .... company grip (as James V. Latham)
John McGowan .... camera operator: second unit
Michael McGowan .... camera operator
Walter G. Morris Jr. .... gaffer (as Walter Morris Jr.)
James Pergola .... director of photography: second unit
Ron Phillips .... still photographer
David P. Robinson .... electrician
William Smaling .... electrician (as William T. Smaling)
William Smaling .... gaffer: second unit (as William E. Smaling)
Norman Zuckerman .... best boy
Casting Department
Dee Miller .... location casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Benedict-Pierce .... wardrobe (as Linda Benedict)
Mary Lou Byrd .... wardrobe
Mary Fleming .... wardrobe (as Mary 'Sam' Fleming)
Editorial Department
Eric L. Beason .... first assistant film editor
Richard P. Cirincione .... associate film editor (as Richard Cirincione)
Richard Friedlander .... post-production assistant
John Hill .... editing room assistant (as John A.S. Hill)
William Kruzykowski .... assistant film editor
Gilberto Costa Nunes .... editing room assistant
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith .... first assistant film editor (as Bitty O'Sullivan Smith)
Pamela Page .... editing room assistant
Otto Paoloni .... dailies consultant: Technicolor
Diane Schaub .... editing room assistant
Location Management
Chuck Rowley .... location manager
Music Department
Stephen A. Hope .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Celia Weiner .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Wanda Bell .... driver
Larry Crenshaw .... driver
Dennis Detoro .... driver
William Foster .... driver co-captain (as Bill Foster)
Edward Haber .... driver
Pirty Lee Jackson .... driver
Arthur Kreppel .... driver
Joyce M. Lark .... driver (as Joyce Lark)
Rickey Lenon .... driver
Martin Marciaro .... driver
Verdelle Reed .... driver (as Verdell Reed)
Bill Rogers .... transportation coordinator
Val Stante .... driver
Other crew
Shirley Bird .... company nurse
Will Brantley .... craft service
Jack Cowden .... script supervisor
Marcia Franklin .... assistant: Mr. Newman
Jackie Hamilton .... assistant to producer
Deborah Leslie .... production office secretary
Max Manlove .... production coordinator
Michael Menzies .... post-production auditor
Tom Miller .... unit publicist
Betty Owens .... assistant controller
Rusty Pouch .... second craft service
Randi Rosen .... production assistant
Ann Tait .... production controller (as Ann Tait-Rourk)
Rick Theiss .... representative: F.L.P.D. (as Ric Theiss)
Mark Wade .... traffic controller

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120 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Norway:12 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Sweden:7 | UK:15 | USA:PG

Did You Know?

The joke customized license plate seen on a car at the start of the movie read "HE PAID".See more »
Howard Keach:You know, looking for working can be a real gas.
Harry Keach:You got something?
Howard Keach:Yep, hope it ain't the clap.
[goes inside the house]
Harry Keach:[shouting] What are you talking about?
Howard Keach:[peeking out the door] I got lucky. I also got a job.
[goes back inside]
Harry Keach:[muttering] The clap?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Video Violence (1987) (V)See more »


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4 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A mess, 20 February 2010

"Harry and Son" must have meant a lot to Paul Newman because he not only played Harry, but co-wrote the story and screenplay, as well as co-produced and directed the film. His wife, Joanne Woodward, also got dragged into this mess in a small supporting role.

Before Clint Eastwood, Warren Beatty, and Newman's buddy Robert Redford stepped behind the camera and won Oscars for directing, Newman won a lot of praise and some awards for his 1968 directorial debut, "Rachel, Rachel," for which Woodward received an Oscar nomination. The film was also nominated for best picture, but Newman was passed over by the director's branch who nominated Stanley Kubrick for "2001: A Space Odyssey" instead (although it might be more accurate to say the Academy gave the best picture nomination that "2001" deserved to the Newman-Woodward film). Whatever promise Newman showed behind the camera wasn't fulfilled, however, and Newman directed only a handful of other films, the best of which, in my opinion, was 1971's "Sometimes a Great Notion" from Ken Kesey's novel about a logging family in Oregon that featured a remarkable scene involving a drowning.

"Harry and Son" suggests that, as a director, Newman was spent. His first mistake was in casting himself as a construction worker, an ornery guy who would have been more suitable for George C. Scott, but made his biggest misstep by casting Robby Benson as his son. Robby Benson!? There was a time in the '70s before the Brat Pack era of the next decade when the soft-voiced, overly pretty, and annoyingly coy Benson seemed to get all the major male roles between the ages of 16 and 25. Fortunately, until the Brat Pack era of which he was not a part, there weren't too many major roles in movies for males aged 16 to 25. Movie audiences, even the 18-25 year olds said to represent the demographic Hollywood covets most, preferred stories with adult characters played by middle-aged actors, whether it was Sean Connery (or Roger Moore) as James Bond, Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry, or any of the roles played by Newman, Steve McQueen, Jack Nicholson, Burt Reynolds, and the other box-office draws of that era.

Benson was awful in just about everything he did, and always too goody-goody and sensitive to be believed. He's not convincing as Newman's son, nor does he believably portray a writer which the construction worker's son aspires to be. He sits grimacing at his typewriter, aggressively pounding the keys, and when his father asks why the stories he writes are always being rejected, he calmly says, "It's part of the ritual." That sounds like a remark that a neophyte writer would write for a character who is a writer. It's not what a writer would likely utter while watching the rejection slips piling up, suffering a crisis of confidence on one hand, and feeling defensively superior on the other.

Newman isn't much better. I guess he couldn't help it if he looks too handsome and physically fit for a 58-year-old laborer, but that's because he wasn't a laborer. He was a 58-year-old movie star who kept himself in tip-top shape and resembles a male model more than a construction worker even in his snug jeans and flannel shirt. Newman would convincingly play a blue collar guy a decade later in the excellent "Nobody's Fool," but he didn't write the script for that and left the directing to Robert Benton. As for Benson, he went on to voice the beast in Disney's animated "Beauty and the Beast," and has mercifully remained behind-the-camera ever since. Sorry, Robby, but as an actor, you stank.

Brian W. Fairbanks

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