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Deconstructing Harry (1997) Poster

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Albert Brooks was the last actor to be offered the role of Harry. In an interview with Playboy magazine, he stated that he received a nice letter from Woody Allen offering him the role. Brooks responded, "It was insane that Allen didn't do it himself." Apparently, Woody took his advice.
Woody Allen based Harry's trip on Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957). Bergman is said to be Allen's favorite director.
In the scene where Joan confronts Harry about his affair with her patient, she uses the word "fuck" and its derivatives 15 times.
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This is one of two 1997 films to star Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the other being Fathers' Day (1997).
Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson were sought in vain for the role of Harry Block.
Jennifer Garner's feature film debut.
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It is acknowledged by some critics that Woody Allen based the name of Harry Block on Antonius Block, the protagonist from The Seventh Seal (1957).
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Woody Allen originally wanted Elliott Gould to play his part as Harry Block.
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The film opened the 1997 Venice Film Festival.
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Woody Allen and Robin Williams; and seven Oscar nominees: Judy Davis, Stanley Tucci, Elisabeth Shue, Mariel Hemingway, Bob Balaban, Amy Irving and Paul Giamatti.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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One scene depicts a "Star Wars" themed bar mitzvah. In 1978, Woody Allen's earlier film Annie Hall (1977) won the Academy Award for Best Picture over Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
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Max Chalawsky supposedly played Mendel Birnbaum in this film, but he was not seen anywhere in the final cut.
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Elisabeth Röhm's (uncredited) film debut.
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The film is a general reworking of Woody Allen's earlier film Stardust Memories (1980), which also had an artist go to a ceremony in his honor, while reminiscing over past relationships and trying to fix and stabilize current ones.
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The film is similar to (1963), in that it is about an artist struggling with his current relationships and remembering his old ones, interspersed with dream sequences, as well as his work being based on events from his life.
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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.
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After Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), this is the second film in which Caroline Aaron plays Woody Allen's sister.
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Adair University would be later be mentioned in two other Woody Allen films: Sondra Pransky (Scarlett Johansson) studied journalism there in Scoop (2006) while Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) previously taught philosophy there in Irrational Man (2015).
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Demi Moore wore a wig in the film because she'd shaved her head for G.I. Jane (1997).
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Mariel Hemingway's grandfather Ernest Hemingway would later be depicted as a character in another Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris (2011), in which he was played by Corey Stoll.
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Woody Allen directed films which feature a murder include: Match Point (2005), Cassandra's Dream (2007), Irrational Man (2015), Shadows and Fog (1991), Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). Moreover, death is a theme in both Deconstructing Harry (1997) and Love and Death (1975), both which feature the character of the Grim Reaper, as per the inspiration of Ingmar Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" [The Seventh Seal (1957)].
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