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Deconstructing Harry (1997)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  12 December 1997 (USA)
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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 wrote a bestseller about his best friends. Now, his best friends are about to become his worst enemies. See more »

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

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The Meanest Man in the World  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

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Cookie: How come you got all this money?
Harry Block: I always keep hooker money around, you know, 'cause I once paid by check years ago and the I.R.S. killed me.
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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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