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Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (1999)

R | | Comedy | 10 March 2000 (UK)
Harold Smith, a quiet middle-aged Englishman becomes an instant celebrity when he suddenly starts exhibiting psychic and telekinetic powers. After he is arrested for accidentally killing ... See full summary »



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Harold Smith, a quiet middle-aged Englishman becomes an instant celebrity when he suddenly starts exhibiting psychic and telekinetic powers. After he is arrested for accidentally killing three pensioners by causing their pacemakers to stop, his lawyer brings in an extremely skeptical scientist to test whether or not Harold's powers are real. Meanwhile, Harold's son Vince, a disco devotee, is pining for his co-worker Joanna, who also happens to be the daughter of the scientist testing Vince's dad. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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When punk meets disco.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »





Release Date:

10 March 2000 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Che fine ha fatto Harold Smith?  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£137,309 (UK) (10 March 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Legge was offered a role in the film 4 days after completing his work on Alan Parker's Angela's Ashes (1999). See more »


When the Police arrive after the 'house smashing' scene one of the vehicles is a Bedford CF with a 1976 registration plate. Whilst the vehicle was available in 1976, the model shown is a post 1980 face lifted version with a plastic radiator grille. See more »


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The best of British Comedy films
4 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was an absolutely shocking surprise hit for me. I watched it last night and cannot believe that it passed me by for nigh on 9 years.

From the outset I was belly laughing at it. The plot was completely surreal and I was amazed that the whole story of Harold was lapped up and accepted by people.

This is one indie movie that needs to be bigger. Trainspotting was the benchmark for how a British movie should be made, but this one moved the bar. It has just completely trashed my "top 5" of movies and I cannot fault one part of the film. I just want to sit in front of my TV and watch it again and again.

The cast was perfect. All characters were realistic, and it was just pure entertainment from start to end. I insist that you see it NOW!

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