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Harrison's Flowers -- Andie MacDowell (FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL) stars in the compelling story of one woman's determination to find her husband Harrison (David Strathairn, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL), a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist.


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Sometimes love is the only proof you need.
When a Newsweek photojournalist disappears in war-torn Yugoslavia, his wife travels to Europe to find him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Andie MacDowell ... Sarah Lloyd

Elias Koteas ... Yeager Pollack

Brendan Gleeson ... Marc Stevenson

Adrien Brody ... Kyle Morris

David Strathairn ... Harrison Lloyd

Alun Armstrong ... Samuel Brubeck

Caroline Goodall ... Johanna Pollack

Diane Baker ... Mary Francis

Quinn Shephard ... Margaux Lloyd
Marie Trintignant ... Cathy
Christian Charmetant ... Jeff

Gerard Butler ... Chris Kumac, photojournalist
Scott Anton ... Cesar Lloyd (as Scott Michael Anton)
Christopher Clarke ... David
Dragan Antonic ... Chetnik
Marie-Béatrice Bernert ... Austrian Woman
Antony Boehm ... Freddy

Predrag Bjelac ... Doctor in Vukovar
Kurt Cramer ... CNN Journalist
Nicole Estabrooks ... Journalist 4
Simon Francis ... Layout Technician
Milan Gargula ... Katzman
Rich Gold ... Journalist 1

Bela Grushka ... Nina Portnoy
Jessica Horáthová ... HTV Interviewer (as Jessica Horvathova)
Amy Huck ... Cybil

Corey Johnson ... Peter Francis
Joel Kirby ... Michael
Rianne Kooiman ... Newsweek Journalist
Ljiljana Krstic ... Old Woman (as Liliana Krstic)

Gregory Linington ... Journalist 2
Deborah Michaels ... Journalist 3
Slobodan Milovanovic ... Base Commander
Sasa Nikolic ... Chtlomac (as Sasa Nikolitch)
Zivko Petrov ... Nustar Peasant

Dragan Radivojevic Lav ... Sniper (as Dragan Radivojevic)
Michael Rogers ... Canadian Cameraman
Bruce Solomon ... Rabbi
Joel Sugerman ... Nelson
Dale Wyatt ... Mistress of Ceremony
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Goran Radakovic ... Serbian Soldier
Scott Terry
Andrew Blanchard ... TV Reporter (uncredited)
Michael Cella ... Awards guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Élie Chouraqui 
Writing credits
Isabel Ellsen (book)

Élie Chouraqui (screenplay) &
Didier Le Pêcheur (screenplay) &
Isabel Ellsen (screenplay)

Michael Katims (screenplay collaboration)

Produced by
Artemio Benki .... line producer
Élie Chouraqui .... producer
Albert Cohen .... producer
Nadia Leonelli .... line producer
Inigo Lezzi .... line producer
Original Music by
Bruno Coulais 
Cliff Eidelman (USA version)
Cinematography by
Nicola Pecorini 
Film Editing by
Emmanuelle Castro 
Jacques Witta 
Casting by
Amanda Mackey Johnson 
Cathy Sandrich 
Production Design by
Giantito Burchiellaro 
Art Direction by
Martin Martinec 
Set Decoration by
Nello Giorgetti 
Costume Design by
Mimi Lempicka 
Makeup Department
Giannetto De Rossi .... senior makeup artist
Mirella De Rossi .... hair stylist
Giuseppe Desiato .... makeup artist
Jirí Farkas .... makeup artist
Judi Goodman .... hair stylist: New York
Tereza Kolihova .... hair stylist
Tamara Koubová .... makeup assistant
Jacques Stephane Lempire .... hair stylist: Ms. MacDowell (as Stephane Lempire)
Alena Mareckova .... makeup assistant
Jaroslav Samal .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Eliane Lacroux .... production manager
Per Melita .... production manager: New York
Ondrej Nerud .... production manager
François Pulliat .... unit manager
Petr Splichal .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karine Bensa .... second assistant director
Petr Hartl .... assistant director
Marco Londoner .... first assistant director
Lucie Pascu .... assistant director
Aida Rodgers .... second assistant director
Pavel Typolt .... assistant director
Michael Viger .... first assistant director
Michael Viger .... second unit director
Matthias Weber .... assistant director
Art Department
Ales Cepelka .... assistant production designer
Roman Chochola .... assistant stand-by props
Matteo De Cosmo .... property master: New York
Jiri Dusek .... set dresser
Enzo Forletta .... assistant production designer (as Vincenzo Forletta)
Alison Froling .... property master: New York
Tomas Hais .... set dresser
Pavel Hemmy .... props
Jan Mates .... construction coordinator
Dan Michl .... assistant propman
Stefan Mily .... props
Ludek Minarik .... assistant art director
Tim Oravetz .... assistant property master: New York
Lionel Pouchard .... storyboard artist
Petr Richter .... stand-by props
Tiziano Santi .... property master
Kamel Tazit .... storyboard artist
Karel Vanásek .... property buyer
Josef Vecerek .... set dresser
Mirek Zdenek .... assistant art director
Miroslav Zdenek .... assistant art director
Jiri Zucek .... property master
Sound Department
Vincent Arnardi .... sound re-recording mixer
Selim Azzazi .... assistant sound editor
Martin Boissau .... boom operator
Tomas Cervenka .... second boom operator
Vincent Cosson .... sound recordist
Roman Dymny .... assistant sound editor
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Jeanne Gilliland .... boom operator: New York
Patrice Grisolet .... supervising sound editor
Judith Guittier .... assistant foley artist
Jean-Pierre Halbwachs .... sound editor
Jean-Louis Lebras .... adr boom operator (as Jean-Louis Le Bras)
Guillaume Leriche .... sound re-recording mixer
Laurent Lévy .... foley artist
Gilles Missir .... adr mixer
Loïc Moniotte .... sound recordist
Bridget O'Driscoll .... dialogue editor
Denis Prud'hon .... adr editor
Jeff Pullman .... sound mixer: New York
Stephane Rabeau .... apprentice sound editor
Jean-Marc Schick .... dialogue editor
Guillaume Sciama .... sound mixer
Guillaume Sciama .... sound
Jacques Thomas-Gérard .... foley mixer
Vojtech Vetrovec .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Milos Brosinger .... special effects
Tomas Brosinger .... special effects
Pavel Pavlousek .... special effects
Jaroslav Stolba .... special effects supervisor
Roman Tudzaroff .... special effects
Jirí Vater .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Alban Barré .... computer graphics assistant
Marilyn Biancard .... computer graphics assistant
Stephane Bidault .... digital effects supervisor
Pierre Blain .... Inferno artist
Sandrine Bocquet .... digital matte artist
Christophe Chanvin .... digital effects supervisor
Emmanuel Forat .... lead digital compositor
Cédric Karcher .... computer graphics artist
Stéphane Keller .... digital matte artist
Patrick Mery .... visual effects editor
Halim Negadi .... computer graphics artist
Jean-Sébastien Schifrine .... digital artist
Manuel Souillac .... computer graphics artist
Fabrizio Storaro .... translites images
Rachel Tassy .... computer graphics assistant
Grégory Tejedor .... digital compositor
Pavel Bezdek .... stunts (as Pavel Bezdech)
Rudolf Bok .... stunts
Petr Bozdech .... stunts
Pavel Cajzl .... stunts
Viktor Cervenka .... stunts
Hana Dvorská .... stunts (as Hanka Dvorska)
Michal Grün .... stunts
Rene Hajek .... stunts (as Renda Hajek)
Romana Hajkova .... stunts
Petr Hnetkovský .... stunts (as Petr Hnetkovsky)
Jan Holicek .... stunts
Jiri Horky .... stunts
Martin Hub .... stunts
Dusan Hyska .... stunts
Jindrich Klaus .... stunts (as Jindra Klaus)
Jaroslav Klenot .... stunts
Jiri Klenot .... stunts
Pavel Kratky .... stunts
Jiri Kraus .... stunts
Petr Krzda .... stunts
Milos Kulhavy .... stunts
Ladislav Lahoda .... stunt coordinator
Robert Lahoda .... stunts (as Robin Lahoda)
Dimo Lipitkovsky .... stunts
David Listvan .... stunts
David Mottl .... stunts
Pavel Myslik .... stunts
Mirek Navratil .... stunts
Vaclav Pacal .... stunts
Jaroslav Peterka .... stunts
Jan Petrina .... stunts (as Jan Petina)
Jaroslav Psenicka .... stunts
Petr Sekanina .... stunts
Kamila Skoblova .... stunts
Petr Vlasak .... stunts (as Petr Vlasa)
Klara Vodickova .... stunts
Pavel Vokoun .... stunts
Jan Vosmik .... stunts
Karel Vávrovec .... stunts
Blanka Jarosova .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Radek Beran .... video assist operator
Lucas Bielan .... additional photographer
Bohumil Bojohavlicek .... best boy
Petr Canilla .... dolly grip
Radek Cerny .... electrician
Élie Chouraqui .... camera operator: "a" camera
Ray Collins .... director of photography: second unit
Francesco Di Giacomo .... focus puller
Isabel Ellsen .... still photographer
Jeffrey A. Eplett .... gaffer: New York (as Jeff Epplett)
Stefano Falivene .... camera operator
Radek Faltejsek .... electrician
Susan Gabbay .... second assistant camera: New York
Ladislav Hruby .... clapper loader
Steve Itano .... A camera focus puller
Lukas Jaromersky .... rigging electrician
Mirek Jaromersky .... electrician
Robert Kodera .... dolly grip
Steve Lynch .... third grip: New York
Ladislav Marek .... electrician
René Michalicka .... electrician
Slavek Mikovec .... gaffer
Zdenek Mrkvicka .... assistant camera
Tomas Munzberger .... clapper loader
Paul Nickason .... best boy: New York
Nicola Pecorini .... Steadicam operator
Vaclav Prazsny .... clapper loader
Marek Prokes .... focus puller
Angel Quiroga .... key grip
Pamela Rittelmeyer .... first assistant camera: New York (as Pam Rittelmeyer)
Kevin Smyth .... key grip: New York
Petr Stepanek .... clapper loader
Valerio Villalba .... assistant camera
Ian Woolston-Smith .... Steadicam operator
Casting Department
Jessica Horáthová .... casting: Czech Republic (as Jessica Horvathova)
Mercedes Kelso .... casting associate (as Mercedes Danforth)
Alena Kubalkova .... extras casting
Lucinda Syson .... casting: U.K.
Sandra Terryn .... casting: France
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jasna Dolejsi .... wardrobe supervisor
Laetitia Harvey .... wardrobe dresser
Helena Ilingerova .... wardrobe dresser
Anjali Lenglet .... wardrobe supervisor
Mary Ann McAlpin .... costumer: New York
Petr Pluhar .... wardrobe dresser
Hana Rambova .... wardrobe assistant
Nada Rerichova .... wardrobe assistant
Helena Rovna .... wardrobe assistant
Stana Slosserova .... wardrobe assistant
Jana Smetanova .... wardrobe assistant
Lena Tajerova .... wardrobe dresser
Eva Vacková .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Aïlo Auguste-Judith .... additional editor
Estelle Babut-Gay .... assistant editor
Elizabeth Dean .... post-production coordinator (as Elizabeth Dionne)
Patrick Delamotte .... color timer
George Papuashvili .... additional post-production services
Sylvie Petat .... assistant editor
Andrea Pugner .... assistant editor (as Andrea Pugnerová)
Music Department
Stéphane Briand .... assistant music mixer
Régis Dupré .... conductor
Cliff Eidelman .... orchestrator
Paul S. Henning .... orchestrator
Penka Kouneva .... orchestrator
Lesley Langs .... music editor
Maxime Lefevre .... music recordist
Didier Lizé .... music mixer
Slim Pezin .... music supervisor
David Sabee .... orchestra contractor
Transportation Department
Walter Chomow .... transportation captain: New York
Jana Hrbková .... transportation captain
Thomas Koch .... military vehicle driver
Pavel Komenda .... military vehicle driver
Other crew
Sebastian Apel .... script supervisor trainee (as Sebastian Appel)
Chad Barclay .... production assistant: New York
Sarka Cimbalova .... production coordinator
Alexia de Beauvoir .... production runner
Donatienne de Goros .... script supervisor
Petr Drozda .... production runner
Zdenek Dvoracek .... stand-in
Danielle Foatelli .... accountant
Veronika Goccova .... production assistant
Crea Gordon .... production assistant: New York
Dan Hampel .... location manager
Vaclav Hanka .... production runner
Laurence Henaff .... production secretary
Blanka Jarosova .... stand-in
Kathy Kiatta .... assistant: Ms. Macdowell
Tamar Kuznick .... production coordinator: New York
Pascal Launay .... unit publicist
Ivana Machackova .... assistant: Ms. Macdowell
Tonda Navratil .... location manager
Lesley Neufeld .... assistant to producers
Tomas Pavlacky .... interpreter
Mark L. Pederson .... extras coordinator: New York (as Mark Pederson)
Lenka Pospisilová .... head accountant
Timothy T.P. Robbins .... assistant location manager: New York
Yvette Shin .... production assistant: New York
Daniel Strol .... location manager: New York
Kenneth Thompson .... production assistant: New York
Jiri Tichacek .... accountant
Dita Valentinova .... interpreter
Alexandre Vernerey .... production coordinator
Olivia Sabah .... interviewer (uncredited)

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Rated R for strong war violence and gruesome images, pervasive language and brief drug use
130 min | USA:121 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA (cable rating) | Canada:14A | Finland:K-15 | France:U | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:16 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Revealing mistakes: In the final scene, it is told that Sarah and Harrison have moved to St. Louis and they are seen dancing during this voice-over. This suggests a future occurrence after the climax of the movie, yet Harrison's left arm has reappeared.See more »
Kyle Morris:You have to get away from here. No one knows what this country is.See more »
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Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »


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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A mixed bag, but worth your while, 29 April 2003
Author: Karen (surreyhill) from Oxford, PA

This movie is simply made for watching on video or DVD. Here's the plan--the first time through, watch all of it. But on subsequent viewings, just watch the stuff that happens in Yugoslavia.

Except for the men's room scene after the Awards Banquet.

This movie is really, really frustrating to watch because you can't help but feel that the directors and other creative parties associated with the actual film were very dedicated to telling the story of the journalists and photographers who were trying to bring the truth of what was happening in the early days of the ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia to the screen. They were fascinated by the people who would willingly risk their lives to obtain images of the horrors and atrocities being carried out to the rest of the world, and what motivated them--made them tick. And they were enamoured of the character of Kyle Morris, as portrayed by Adrien Brody, and wished to showcase him in some way in order to drive the point home--that people like him were brave and admirable, no matter what their personal demons and failings.

Unfortunately for those of us who were hooked on this POV, they were also hamstrung, utterly, by the source material, which was a love story about a woman who would not believe her husband was dead, and whose dedication to finding him and whose devotion to him was convincing enough to cause persons such as are described in the preceding paragraph to risk life and limb to try to reunite this couple.

I don't want to use this space to snark. It's unseemly, given the seriousness of the subject matter. What I want to highlight is the way in which one of the performances affected me. The central figure of this movie from a standpoint of character arc is not Harrison, or his wife, Sarah, but Kyle Morris. We first see Kyle at a Pulitzer Awards dinner, where a grief-stricken, coke-addled Kyle Morris goes off on the Harrison Lloyd character. It's a show-stopper, and drenches everything else that happens in Yugoslavia with layers and layers of bitter irony.

The great stuff in this is movie is all about Adrien Brody's character Kyle Morris. This is probably the sort of character that a young actor just dreams of getting his teeth into. Kyle is one of those bundles of contradictions and contrasts that fascinates endlessly. He is an angry, foul-mouthed swaggerer with the gentle hands and soul of a poet, and a kind heart too easily touched. He is a drug user, which is usually portrayed as a character defect which goes along with being weak or afraid to face reality, but in his case, it is probably more a result of his trying to cope with having too MUCH courage and desire to walk into the bowels of real-life hells, like war-torn Yugoslavia. He is both cocksure and certain, and insecure, terrified he will never get recognized for what he is doing in trying to record the truth. He takes rebellious pride in being an outsider, but he churns with jealous resentment against those who seem to have "made it". This character is BRAVE, quick, resourceful, clever, with a crackling energy that suffuses every line, every expression, every move he makes. Brody brings a wild animal's instinctive quickness and 360 degree awareness of the environment to the role; you can almost see his large but sensitive nostrils quiver as he tests the wind for the scent of danger, and the way to safety. If I were going deep into the heart of the battle zone with nothing more than a camera bag and a sense of purpose, I would want no one else to take me there. When he wraps his arm around Sarah, and tells her to move, she obeys. I would, too. He seems to be tapped in to the undercurrents that flow beneath the reality that they see and hear around them, and sense shifts in the flow and direction that the others cannot, and acts on a combination of instinct and intelligence to get Sarah into a city which has become a charnel house where no badge or profession is respected or spared from the snipers and the bayonets.

I was fascinated by this character. It was the sort of portrayal that made one want to know more--what drives someone like that? What was his childhood like? Why did he risk all for someone like Sarah?

Unfortunately, this portrayal and character threw the whole film off-balance, and made the putative heroine seem self-absorbed and unlikable in the end.

I recommend this movie for the brilliant footage of the journalists and Sarah working their way through war-torn Yugoslavia, for the harrowing urban combat scenes, and for Brody's performance.

I can't, however, give it more than 8 stars, since it committed the primary infraction of rendering its heroine unlikable in certain ways, without redemption or the change brought about by a true character arc.

Also, Harrison and Sarah's son was sort of creepy. Sorry, but there it is.

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