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Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (1999)

R | | Comedy | 10 March 2000 (UK)
Harold Smith (Sir Tom Courtenay), a quiet middle-aged Englishman becomes an instant celebrity when he suddenly starts exhibiting psychic and telekinetic powers. After he is arrested for ... See full summary »

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Peter Hewitt

Writer:

Ben Steiner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Courtenay ... Harold Smith
Michael Legge ... Vince Smith
Laura Fraser ... Joanna Robinson
Stephen Fry ... Dr. Peter Robinson
Charlotte Roberts Charlotte Roberts ... Lucy Robinson
Amanda Root ... Margaret Robinson
Lulu ... Irene Smith
David Thewlis ... Nesbit
Charlie Hunnam ... Daz
Matthew Rhys ... Ray Smith
James Corden ... Walter
Rosemary Leach ... Harold's Mother
Charles Simon Charles Simon ... Oobie
Mark Williams ... Roland Thornton
John Higgins John Higgins ... The Reverend Anthony Cooper
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Storyline

Harold Smith (Sir Tom Courtenay), a quiet middle-aged Englishman becomes an instant celebrity when he suddenly starts exhibiting psychic and telekinetic powers. After he is arrested for accidentally killing three pensioners by causing their pacemakers to stop, his lawyer brings in an extremely skeptical scientist to test whether or not Harold's powers are real. Meanwhile, Harold's son Vince (Michael Legge), a disco devotee, is pining for his co-worker Joanna (Laura Fraser), who also happens to be the daughter of the scientist testing Vince's dad. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Taglines:

When punk meets disco.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Che fine ha fatto Harold Smith? See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$857, 17 June 2001

Gross USA:

$2,543

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,543
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Legge (Vince) was offered a role in this movie four days after completing his work on Alan Parker's Angela's Ashes (1999). See more »

Goofs

When the Police arrive after the 'house smashing' scene one of the vehicles is a Bedford CF with a 1976 registration plate. Whilst the vehicle was available in 1976, the model shown is a post 1980 face lifted version with a plastic radiator grille. See more »

Soundtracks

Big Spender
Written by Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields
Arranged by Graham Preskett
Performed by Lulu
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Best movie ever!!...great if you were there in the 70/80's!
22 September 2006 | by hoodoohSee all my reviews

This is one of the best movies I've ever seen! The acting is amazing, and the story is laugh-out-loud funny! What a great sense of humor, especially if you're British and into punk! Fantastic music too! I loved it. Someone had a truly hilarious time writing this movie!

The best parts? Well the last scene, definitely!Punk meets John Travolta...a marriage made in...???!! I loved the professors home life, been there, done that...thanks dad!! And what a treat to see all those blasts from the past...High Karate aftershave, the Queens speech and Urei Geller. What more could a person ask for apart from the 'Vision On' music! And does anybody know how they got Angela Rippon, Alan Whicker and John Craven in this movie! Then there was Keith Chegwin. Go Cheggers Go!! But I think you had to be there! For those who were born too late to live the punk/new wave dream....sorry guys! It was the best of times, it was the ...well you get the picture.

So In summary, punk rules, but disco dancing is cool too...but punk still rules! I'm not sure about the tortoise vote but the last glimpse of Harold was just perfect!Oh! And how is it that Lulu never seems to age?


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