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Handsome Harry (2009)

R  |   |  Drama  |  6 December 2010 (USA)
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An ex-Navy man carrying out the last wish of a dying shipmate renews contact with old friends to break the code of silence around a mysterious, long-buried crime.


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They call him "Handsome" Harry Sweeney. At 52, the Vietnam veteran has kept his rugged good looks. Everyone likes Harry, an electrician by trade who loves to sing but for some reason he never lets anyone get too close. He's been divorced for a long time, has a son whom he rarely sees, and, although he's engaged in a long-term flirtation with the waitress at the diner, seems destined to remain alone. One day, Harry gets a call from a former Navy buddy, Tom Kelly, whom he hasn't seen in some thirty years. On his deathbed and terrified of going to Hell, Kelly convinces Harry to seek forgiveness on his behalf from a comrade they betrayed long ago, David Kagan. At first, Harry wants nothing to do with Kelly, Kagan or the remnants of his murky past. But guilt and memories have a mysterious grasp on Harry, and he finally relents, driving down the East Coast to call on his old comrades. As he confronts the three other men involved in a long-ago crime, he observes how each man has dealt with ... Written by Worldview Entertainment

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

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6 December 2010 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,562 (USA) (16 April 2010)


$22,878 (USA) (23 April 2010)

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Thanks to "Lewis Cole May 25, 1946 - October 10, 2008." Dr. Cole was professor and chair at Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program. He died of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly called, "Lou Gehrig's disease") at age 62. He was highly influential in film and made a profound impact on his students. He was survived by his wife, Valerie, children, and grandchildren. See more »

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Handsome? Perhaps, s-l-o-w... yes.
25 March 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Here is an interesting indie production which feels like an adapted stage play. It certainly wanders along like one and must be the slowest 94 minutes I have ever spent in a cinema. The film has excellent dialog and some terrific acting, especially from the guest professionals John Savage, Aiden Quinn and Campbell Scott. Steve Buscemi also appears with main actor Jamey Sheridan who has no chance of stardom until he spells his name properly. A 50 year old actor called Jamey? no. Sorry. Also HANDSOME HARRY is completely the wrong title for this film. basically it is about unrequited love and in this case between reminiscences and a possible crime of passion. While I admired the skill in creating such a well populated acting roster, the editing and the story sequence became mired in being a vanity project for Sheridan who appears in 95% of the film and is also the Exec Producer. Conscious of this from the opening credits, I felt the film dragged in order for him to have great long scenes with the more famous actors he hired to be seen on screen with. Fortunately all the scenes are good but they are all-so-slowwwwww and the film becomes tedious. Also, the final sequences with Campbell Scott come far too late in the film to have the real impact they should. The sequence with John Savage is by far the best and proves what a major actor he still is. I wanted to like this well made and very well written and acted film more but it negates itself by being 15 minutes too long. If edited to a tighter 80 minutes it would have flowed better and got to the point quicker. Also the Teenage sailor sequences needed to all happen at the start of the film rather than being in glimpses scattered throughout.

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