Hollywood Harry (1986)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Thriller  |  3 October 1986 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.6/10 from 51 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 3 critic

A hapless Los Angeles private detective is hired by a shady millionaire to search for the man's missing teenage heiress while at the same time, the detective's estranged teenage niece arrives in town and wants in on the case.



0Check in
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A Los Angeles taxi driver helps a distraught young woman on the run from gangsters after they murder her husband and young son.

Director: Norbert Meisel
Stars: Nancy Kwan, Robert Forster, Joe Spinell
Vigilante (1983)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Eddie Marino is a factory worker in New York City. He has a wife named Vickie and a son named Scott. Eddie's friend and co-worker Nick and some of the factory's other workers have formed a ... See full summary »

Director: William Lustig
Stars: Robert Forster, Fred Williamson, Richard Bright
Avalanche (1978)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

The vacationers at a winter wonderland struggle to survive after an avalanche of snow crashes into their ski resort. Their holiday then turns into a game of survival.

Director: Corey Allen
Stars: Rock Hudson, Mia Farrow, Robert Forster
Justine (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

In Alexandria, in 1938, Darley, a young British schoolmaster and poet, makes friends through Pursewarden, the British consular officer, with Justine, the beautiful and mysterious wife of a ... See full summary »

Directors: George Cukor, Joseph Strick
Stars: Anouk Aimée, Dirk Bogarde, Robert Forster
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When an army scout retires to a farm in New Mexico he takes pity on a white woman and her "half-breed" son recently rescued from Indians, and invites them to join him. He does this even ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Gregory Peck, Eva Marie Saint, Robert Forster
Peacemaker (1990)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A doctor (Shepard) gets caught up in a war between two aliens (Edwards, Forster).

Director: Kevin Tenney
Stars: Robert Forster, Lance Edwards, Hilary Shepard
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After his mistress is savagely beaten up a Mafia leader goes after the killer with a bloody vengeance. Soon after the hunt begins, a gang war ensues.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Frederic Forrest, Robert Forster
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Cole Hickel, a Marine, pursues his daughter's killer when he is allowed to go back to Paraguay because of "diplomatic immunity."

Director: Peter Maris
Stars: Bruce Boxleitner, Billy Drago, Tom Bresnahan
Committed (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A nurse is taken hostage by a patient pretending to be a doctor and is forced to administer to everyone.

Director: William A. Levey
Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Robert Forster, William Windom
Esmeralda Bay (1989)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A priest secretly leads rebels in their struggle against the corrupt military dictatorship of the Central American country of Puerto Santo.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Robert Forster, George Kennedy, Fernando Rey
The Banker (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

High-priced prostitutes are being systematically murdered, their corpses mutilated, and a bizarre South American symbol painted in blood is found at the scene. The cop investigating is out to solve the crime before his ex wife, a reporter, becomes the next victim.

Director: William Webb
Stars: Robert Forster, Shanna Reed, Duncan Regehr
Crime | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.6/10 X  

A down-on-his-luck cop runs into harder times when he is searching for a missing woman.

Director: Bert I. Gordon
Stars: Robert Forster, Lydie Denier, Caren Kaye


Cast overview, first billed only:
Harold 'Harry' Petry
Max Caldwell
Candy / Cupid (voice)
Danielle Petry (as Kathrine Forster)
Peter Schrum ...
Clapper (as Pete Schrum)
Redmond Gleeson ...
Read Morgan ...
Mallie Jackson ...
Marji Martin ...
Betty Anne
Mark Thomas ...
Man Served Papers
Frank X. Baleno ...
Pen Salesman
Ronald Provenzano ...
Pen Salesman
Wynn Irwin ...
Pizza Man
Jacqueline Pulliam ...
Bar Beauty
Leonard Bremen ...
Bartender (as Lennie Bremen)


When a millionaire hog farmer discovers his daughter baring all in Hollywood porn movies, he calls in ace private eye Harry Petry. Braving a menagerie of murderous tinseltown low-life thugs, and fending off a variety of love-hungry dames Harry does his best imitation of a Philip Marlowe tough guy - with riotous results. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Crime | Thriller


PG-13 | See all certifications »




Release Date:

3 October 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Harry's Kingdom  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$120,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Featured in The Joe Spinell Story (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Any Clear Purpose Of Film Disappears Early On By Poor Continuity.
29 February 2008 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

Enthusiasts of Robert Forster's work will believe this rather amateurish film to be a reasonable attempt at creating a star vehicle for himself, but a majority of viewers will in all likelihood be disappointed with the production. Forster has discussed through interviews his pleasure in constructing a film of his own, from the ground up as it were, and also the struggle he underwent before the piece was completed and prepared for distribution, but this background proves to be more interesting than a movie that would seem to be stalling for time, as a series of complexities are piled onto a fragile narrative foundation. As a result, following a promising start, the film quickly begins to squander its watchable quality, due in large part to a plot that meanders overmuch. Forster has stated that Hollywood HARRY is designed as a "spoof" of the cinematic Detective Genre, and as is the case with any sort of pastiche or satire, clichés must be collected to meet the requirements of irony, but here they too often are lost amid the plot line's profusion of back stories. Harry Petry (Forster), a down at the heels private investigator has apparently lost motivation for his chosen profession, but plainly has retained enough of a good reputation to bring a lucrative assignment, he being hired to discover the whereabouts of a wealthy man's missing daughter who has reportedly cultivated a burgeoning career as an "actress" in pornographic films. At this juncture, Harry's young niece, also a runaway and performed here by Forster's own daughter, 16 year old Kathrine, moves in with her initially disinclined host uncle, therewith acquiring knowledge of the gumshoe game as an episodic film lapses into random action having little sense, finally becoming simply an unappealing hybrid with a difficult to follow storyline. In fact, any intention of Harry to locate the missing nymph is split away from the ongoing scenario, this element finally having only a mild effect upon the generally muddled goings-on. There are among the subplots some engaging, albeit brief, scenes, but the work becomes flat, largely due to a propensity for uncontrolled mugging on the part of many from the cast. Those fixes stemming from post-production editing are absent here for a film devised by Forster for less than $200,000 that, despite a transparent lack of either a point of view or taste, was able to entice over 25,000 video buyers within the first three months following its release. Notwithstanding the mentioned scenario disarrangement that will cause confusion in some viewers, there are two scenes that will appeal to many, contributed by Forster as dancer rather than as actor, first swing hoofing with the talented Shannon Wilcox, later with Kathrine Forster. This is not a successful film in most of its aspects, but the man can certainly dance!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Hollywood Harry (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: