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Handsome Harry -- 52 year old Vietnam veteran "Handsome" Harry Sweeney is convinced to seek forgiveness from a comrade he betrayed long ago, David Kagan. As the road stretches out before Harry, we see the full effect that this long ago crime has had on his life. Only through confronting the events of his distant past, and finally confronting David himself, can Harry can begin to truly live again.
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jamey Sheridan ... Harry Sweeney

Steve Buscemi ... Thomas Kelley
Mariann Mayberry ... Judy Rheems

Aidan Quinn ... Prof. Porter

John Savage ... Peter Rheems

Campbell Scott ... David Kagan

Titus Welliver ... Gebhardt

Karen Young ... Muriel

Jayne Atkinson ... Kelley's Wife

Bill Sage ... Pauley

Emily Donahoe ... Kelley's Daughter

Asher Grodman ... Bobby Sweeney
Andrew Dolan ... Sam

Rutanya Alda ... Mrs. Schroeder
Kevin Reed ... Young Kagan

Blake Lowell ... Young Kelley

Tom Degnan ... Young Harry
Elizabeth Hess ... Kagan's Mother

Danny Lane ... Young Rheems
Reathel Bean ... Kagan's Father
Nicholas Carriere ... Bartender
Anita Hollander ... Sarah
June Stein ... Neighborhood Woman

Carmen López ... Kagan's Maid
Blake Hammond ... Hank
Sidney Williams ... Customer #1
Brian Russell ... Customer #2

Philip Willcox ... Quartet Member #5
Doug Goodenough ... Quartet Member #3
Jordan Cooper ... Quartet Member #4
Brian Lindvall ... Quartet Member #2
John Ferrier ... Priest
Jon Bates ... Bandleader / Drummer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brooke Aldrich ... Bar Patron
Salvatore Carella ... Bus Boy
Skippy D ... Precision Driver

Erin Deighan ... Waitress

Monique Dupree ... Bar Patron

Lars Engstrom ... Young Porter

John Farrer ... Priest at Confession
Moe Hindi ... Bar Patron
Derrick Jones ... Bar Patron
Jeffrey Miller ... Keyboards / Bandmember

Craig Newman ... Waiter

Peter Conboy ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Peter Connolly ... Student (uncredited)

Dan Gregory ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Rennel Turner ... Dancer (uncredited)

Blake Zawadzki ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Bette Gordon 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nicholas T. Proferes  written by

Produced by
Fred Berner .... executive producer
Bram Bluestein .... co-producer
Ilene Bluestein .... co-producer
Nyssa Chow .... associate producer
Edward Gersh .... executive producer
Hollise Gersh .... co-producer
Eric Warren Goldman .... producer
Marilyn Haft .... producer
Alan Hruska .... co-producer
Elizabeth Kling .... executive producer
Jamin O'Brien .... producer
Jamey Sheridan .... producer
Michael Sledd .... line producer
Dean Tendrich .... executive producer
Sara Zandieh .... associate producer
Original Music by
Anton Sanko 
Cinematography by
Nigel Bluck 
Film Editing by
Keiko Deguchi 
Casting by
Todd Thaler  (as Todd M. Thaler)
Production Design by
Rene Sekula 
Art Direction by
Daniel Wrobel 
Set Decoration by
Jenny Shields 
Costume Design by
Michael Anzalone 
Makeup Department
Karina Delbel .... makeup artist: Florida
David Kalahiki .... key makeup & hair artist
David Kalahiki .... makeup department head
Jessica Toth .... additional makeup artist
Leo Won .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Thibaut Rigeot .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kit Bland .... first assistant director
Jolian Blevins .... second assistant director
Jonathan David Kane .... second assistant director: Florida (as Jon Kane)
Franco Parente .... first assistant director: Florida
Art Department
Matthew Amenta .... property master
Michael Arisohn .... swing
Toni DiFranco .... art intern
Jon Dowdy .... carpenter
Chris Elliot .... additional prop assistant
Chris Elliott .... prop designer
Tim Hall .... graphic designer
Dan-ah Kim .... assistant property master
Micky Mills .... construction coordinator (as Michael Mills)
Rome Petersson .... swing
Weldon Powers .... art assistant
Jenny Shields .... set dresser
Daniel Stonier .... carpenter
Sound Department
Phil Barrie .... dialogue editor
Johnna Chism .... assistant sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Eugene Gearty .... sound designer
Lawrence Herman .... foley editor
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Tim LeBlanc .... sound re-recording mixer
Skip Lievsay .... post-production sound mixer
Skip Lievsay .... sound mixer
Michael Sterkin .... sound mixer
Michael Sterkin .... sound recordist
Dmitry Volovik .... boom operator
Mark Weber .... sound mixer: Florida
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh M. Allen .... additional best boy electric
Dave Anthony .... best boy grip
Michael Arisohn .... swing
Nathaniel Bates .... best boy electric
Steve Briante .... first assistant camera
Tim Curtin .... additional grip
Katie Dainson .... second assistant camera
Chris Dino .... best boy electric: Florida
Daniel Fernandez .... second assistant camera: Florida (as Danny Fernandez)
Greg Frank .... first assistant camera: Florida
Johnathan Gardner .... grip
Ben Kanegson .... key grip: Florida
Loretta Rae Keith .... still photographer
John Moustakas .... electrician
Robert Nethery .... still photographer
J. Brent Peebles .... still photographer
Rome Petersson .... swing
Jacob Pritchard .... still photographer
Kyle Sather .... grip
William Smaling .... gaffer: Florida
Antal Steinbach .... director of photography: Florida (as Antal Steinbeck)
Daniel Wallenstein .... key grip
Annie Wengenroth .... additional first assistant camera
Rob Woolsey .... gaffer
Casting Department
Beth Cannon .... casting associate
Lori Eastside .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lori Ellison .... wardrobe supervisor: Florida
Lucia Lettini .... wardrobe supervisor
Angelique A. Pesce .... costume coordinator
Malik Summers .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Owen Bossola .... first assistant editor
Juan Pablo Cadaveira .... additional editing
Kareem Farooq .... assistant editor
Carlos Matthews Hernandez .... digital film recordist (as Carlos M. Hernandez)
Music Department
Ernest Adzentoivich .... composer: theme music
Michael Brake .... music editor
Lynn Geller .... music supervisor
Maarten Hofmeijer .... music editor
Joel Thompson .... music editor
Joel Thompson .... musician
Other crew
Maura Anderson .... location manager
Andrea Boglioli .... production assistant
Aaron Boyajian .... legal counsel
Mike Caravella .... production assistant
Michael Dolce .... locations scout: Florida
Morgan Faust .... location scout
Michael Fredlund .... office intern
Scott Friedman .... production assistant
Elizabeth Garrett .... assistant location manager
Nathalie Guzman .... office intern
Zorinah Juan .... script supervisor
Phil LoGrippo .... assistant: Jamey Sheridan
Keneu Luca .... office intern
Brian MacLean .... runner
Tom Maloney .... production assistant
George S. Matsuo .... craft service
Philip McGonigle .... location manager (as Phil McGonigle)
Karina Mohammed .... office intern
Jamie Morris .... production accountant
Mike Novak .... office intern
Joseph Oxford .... production assistant
J. Brent Peebles .... budget consultant
Lynda Reynolds .... catering chef: new york city
Michael K. Reynolds .... catering chef: new york city
Varun Shah .... location scout
Varun Shah .... set intern
Summer Shelton .... production coordinator
Jordan Spencer .... office intern
Chris Tomeo .... location scout
Cedric Vara .... key production assistant
Ulysses Vidal .... set intern
Vicky Villegas .... script supervisor: florida
Lanier Westmoreland .... military consultant
Lanier Westmoreland .... set intern
Amy Williams .... location scout
Ronald P. Wilson .... accountant intern
Maria Cestone .... special thanks
Shawn Parsons .... special thanks
Steven J. Ramirez .... special thanks
Christopher Woodrow .... special thanks

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Rated R for language and some sexual content
94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46282)
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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): William Porter, a university professor of philosophy, mispronounces the name of Anaxagoras, a major early Greek philosopher and astronomer.See more »


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Low budget with strong cast and a great simple story line, a bit awkward in the telling, 5 July 2012
Author: secondtake from United States

Handsome Harry (2009)

The title is perfectly understated, and a bit misleading, whatever your first impressions. Harry is the main character, a man around 60 with memories of a brutal beating he and some fellow sailors gave a mate of theirs in the Viet Nam era. Long ago. The main thread of the movie follows him as he revisits each of the participants, including the man who was beaten.

With such a solid structure you are in some ways hooked. Each encounter has its own twists. And each time we see, through flashbacks, a sharpening picture of what really happened. It's a fascinating building of a story, even with some weakness here and there in the writing and acting.

And key to it all is a misguided homophobia, and what turns out to be a more complicated fear of being outed and a little self-loathing. Some of the characters Harry visits are finely tuned types, well acted. We see how everyone has changed, and how their sense of who they are, alone and to each other, has also changed.

Most of all we see Harry come to terms with his own demons on this. Jamey Sheridan plays him with studied restraint, and yet gives the man enough believable nuances to keep it honest. The biggest name in the cast is the first of Harry's encounters, Steve Buscemi, but if you are a fan of his (as you should be) be prepared that his role is really limited. And John Savage appears as one of the group, too. There are some strains in the other actors' parts either because of their ability to pull off a mostly talking movie or because the writing itself stumbles. In particular you'll see Harry barge into a classroom and interrupt the teacher and sort of take over the podium for a minute, and it's so out of character and unlikely it almost punctures the whole movie.

But hang in there. The final chapter or two is intense and written with poignancy. And it might surprise some viewers. A strong finish to a good, sometimes lugubrious, somewhat strained telling.

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