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How Harry Became a Tree (2001)

R | | Drama | 1 March 2002 (Italy)
This drama is set in rural Ireland. Believing that "a man is measured by his enemies", Harry Maloney ('Colm Meany') sets out to ruin George O'Flaherty - the most powerful man in town, who ... See full summary »

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Eileen
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Father O'Connor
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George's father
Denis Clohessy ...
Tim
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Sean
Laurie Morton ...
Daisy
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Maisie
Joseph M. Kelly ...
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Rosie
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This drama is set in rural Ireland. Believing that "a man is measured by his enemies", Harry Maloney ('Colm Meany') sets out to ruin George O'Flaherty - the most powerful man in town, who not only owns the local pub and most of the businesses in the area, but is also the local matchmaker. When Harry's son Gus(Cillian Murphy) - upon whom Harry regularly heaps abuse (mostly mental and verbal) - falls for the lovely Eileen, George helps get the two together during this time, Harry quietly mobilizes his dastardly plans. Written by Horselove

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1 March 2002 (Italy)  »

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Bitter Harvest  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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The original idea was to set and shoot the film in Sicily, until director Goran Paskaljevic's wife suggested Ireland as a setting, remembering the country from when she had been there as a teenager. See more »

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Harry: You muist have a strong enemy, son. Otherwise it's too easy to destroy him.
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How Symbolism Becomes Boring after a while....
8 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a weak movie; I believe the director's intention was to make people laugh but, in this reviewer's case, he failed miserably. OK, I giggled once or twice but in between that it was a complete bore, uninteresting characters, stupid plot line, moronic and unintelligible symbolism.

Colm Meaney did a good job as an actor 'though.


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