MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 6,752 this week

Deconstructing Harry (1997)

7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 30,341 users   Metascore: 61/100
Reviews: 126 user | 103 critic | 19 from Metacritic.com

Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 21 Feb 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 13 Mar 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 11 Jul 2013
 
a list of 44 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 44 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Deconstructing Harry (1997)

Deconstructing Harry (1997) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Deconstructing Harry.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When he discovers his adopted son is a genius, a New York sportswriter seeks out the boy's birth mother: a prostitute.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Woody Allen, Mira Sorvino, Pamela Blair
Groundhog Day (1993)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again.

Director: Harold Ramis
Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An IRS auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.

Director: Marc Forster
Stars: Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.

Director: Michel Gondry
Stars: Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Miou-Miou
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of the movie star, John Malkovich.

Director: Spike Jonze
Stars: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Stars: Tim Robbins, Paul Newman, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Arizona Dream (1992)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An Innuit hunter races his sled home with a fresh-caught halibut. This fish pervades the entire film, in real and imaginary form. Meanwhile, Axel tags fish in New York as a naturalist's ... See full summary »

Director: Emir Kusturica
Stars: Johnny Depp, Jerry Lewis, Faye Dunaway
L.A. Story (1991)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a "wacky weatherman" tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early-90s Los Angeles.

Director: Mick Jackson
Stars: Steve Martin, Victoria Tennant, Richard E. Grant
Shallow Hal (2001)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A shallow man falls in love with a 300 pound woman because of her "inner beauty".

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Stars: Jack Black, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jason Alexander
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Visions, memories, and mysticism all help a 40-something woman to find the strength to leave her cheating husband.

Director: Federico Fellini
Stars: Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up, she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Barry Miller
Manhattan (1979)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Stephanie Roth Haberle ...
Janet (as Stephanie Roth)
Dan Frazer ...
Joel Leffert ...
...
...
Ken
...
Yankee Announcer (voice)
Jane Hoffman ...
...
...
Annette Arnold ...
Frederick Rolf ...
...
Lortensia Hayes ...
Edit

Storyline

Harry Block is a well-regarded novelist whose tendency to thinly-veil his own experiences in his work, as well as his un-apologetic attitude and his proclivity for pills and whores, has left him with three ex-wives that hate him. As he is about to be honored for his writing by the college that expelled him, he faces writer's block and the impending marriage of his latest flame to a writer friend. As scenes from his stories and novels pass and interact with him, Harry faces the people whose lives he has affected - wives, lovers, his son, his sister. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Harry Block has written a best seller... bout his best friends... he revealed their deepest secrets... and they're not pleased... now Harry Block is going to Hell... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 December 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Meanest Man in the World  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

DEM 948,872 (Germany) (22 May 1998)

Gross:

DEM 1,795,078 (Germany) (29 May 1998)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Mono)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Woody Allen based Harry's trip on Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957) (also known as "Wild Strawberries"). Bergman is said to be Allen's favorite director. See more »

Quotes

Harry Block: The most important words in the English language are not "I love you" but "It's benign."
See more »

Connections

References Stardust Memories (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

The Girl from Ipanema
(1962)
Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Portuguese Lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes
English lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Stan Getz
Courtesy of Verve Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Tour De Force
11 December 2005 | by (Vancouver, Washington) – See all my reviews

Deconstructing Harry is Woody Allen's masterpiece. The editing is unlike anything else Allen has done, full of little cuts which give the movie a level of abstraction that raises you above the narrative thread. It was instantly my favorite Allen film and has remained so ever since. Praised when it came out for its unflinching honesty, it eschews the self-glorifying cuteness of his other quasi-autobiographical movies such as Stardust Memories and Annie Hall and even Manhattan.

The main conceit of this movie is that Allen's character, writer Harry Block (get it?), meets his alter egos and other characters from his writing as though in real life. Block's characters have been modeled with almost no attempt to disguise them on his relatives and ex-relationships, which infuriates and sometimes devastates them. You have to follow very carefully to distinguish the "real life" relatives from the alter egos who spring to life from the pages of his books.

Block has many very seamy weaknesses and peccadilloes which he readily admits and indulges without remorse. His "real life" relatives and exes submit him to scathing criticism and resentment, while their "fictional" counterparts contribute a more dispassionate and omniscient commentary on Block's misdeeds and poor judgment. The cast is among Allen's most star-studded and uniformly brilliant. It's always fun to watch actors appearing in their only Allen film, and there are many here. My favorite is Billy Crystal, who plays a friend of Block's who stole his lover--and also appears as the devil giving Block the cook's tour of the tenth circle of Hell.

To maintain this complexity of voices requires brilliant writing, and Allen does not disappoint. My favorite quote is:

Doris: Your whole life, it's nihilism, it's cynicism, it's sarcasm and orgasm.

Block: You know, in France, I could run on that slogan and win.

If I were one for condescendingly dogmatic assertions, and I'm not, but if I were, I would tell you that if you do not love this movie, you are watching Woody Allen movies for the wrong reasons.

For the record, rounding out my top five Allen movies are: Mighty Aphrodite, Bullets Over Broadway, Small Time Crooks, and Stardust Memories, with honorable mention to Shadows and Fog.


18 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Woody's one slip up as Harry outlaw_blues_
The last real Woody Allen film connorratliff
star wars references mrjaman82
song name played in hell scene trhalala
what does this film have to do with deconstruction? swim_two_birds
What an original film! ugobo
Discuss Deconstructing Harry (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?