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Deconstructing Harry (1997)

R | | Comedy | 2 January 1998 (USA)
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.

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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>

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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 »

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

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$356,476 (USA) (12 December 1997)

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$10,569,071 (USA) (6 March 1998)
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Some critics, including Roger Ebert, have suggested that the character of Harry Block is based on real-life author Philip Roth and not on Woody Allen himself. See more »

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In Harry's line "I once almost ran over a book critic..." the word "book" doesn't match his lips; "book" is dubbed over what looks to be "film." See more »

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Doris: It's tradition.
Harry Block: Tradition is the illusion of permanence.
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She's Funny That Way
(1928)
Music by Neil Moret
Lyrics by Richard A. Whiting (as Richard Whiting)
Performed by Erroll Garner
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Deconstructing Woody Allen
30 September 1999 | by (Luxembourg) – See all my reviews

Very funny, very coarse, very Woody Allen. This movie not only has autobiographical elements, Harry Block to a large extent is Woody Allen himself. I think never a director exposed the weaknesses of his own "ego" as mercilessly as Woody did in this film, descending into the deepest layers of the "id", into the very depths of hell (literally, with all the molten lava and sulfur smoke that go with it)! But Woody Allen covers this merciless exercise of psychoanalysis with a thick cover of humor. It is also a very funny movie!


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