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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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Harry
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George
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Gus
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Eileen
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Father O'Connor
Gail Fitzpatrick ...
Margaret
Maighréad Ní Chonghaile ...
Maeve
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George's father
Denis Clohessy ...
Tim
Sean Clohessy ...
Sean
Laurie Morton ...
Daisy
Gladys Sheehan ...
Maisie
Joseph M. Kelly ...
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Brendan Morrissey ...
Photographer
Helen Norton ...
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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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Harry: [to Gus] Gobshite!
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When is a feud not a feud?
18 August 2010 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

When it's all in your head! I found this a bit of an odd movie but I liked it more then I thought I would after the first 10 minutes - 'How Harry Became a Tree' stars Colm Meaney, Cillian Murphy and Adrian Dunbar. It's a 'funny tragedy'.

Typically Irish but could easily be transplanted to any nation or any era I imagine. Harry (Meaney) causes a feud when there is no reason for one and entangles his son (Murphy) and locals in a web of deceit and while he plots revenge for many imagined slights.

I am Irish and 'How Harry Became a Tree' is set in 1920's Ireland. I always fear that movies set in Ireland in this era give a very bad picture to foreigners about the Ireland of today.

There is of course a world of difference between then and now but sometimes Hollywood doesn't seem to have copped on to that - 'Leap Year' being the most recent paddywhackery schtick I can think of.

I think 'How Harry Became a Tree' would have been a much better movie if the writer / director / producer etc etc had been brave enough to set it in contemporary Ireland.


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