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Harry in Your Pocket (1973)

A would-be criminal is taken in by a professional in the game, who teaches him how pickpockets work in teams.

Director:

Bruce Geller

Writers:

James D. Buchanan (as James David Buchanan), Ronald Austin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Coburn ... Harry
Michael Sarrazin ... Ray Haulihan
Trish Van Devere ... Sandy Coletto
Walter Pidgeon ... Casey
Michael C. Gwynne ... Fence
Tony Giorgio ... 1st Detective
Michael Stearns Michael Stearns ... 2nd Detective
Susan Mullen ... Francine (as Sue Mullen)
Duane Bennett Duane Bennett ... Salesman
Stanley Bolt Stanley Bolt ... Mr. Bates
Barry Grimshaw Barry Grimshaw ... Bellboy
Wesley Uhlman Wesley Uhlman
Robert Antrim Robert Antrim
Dorothy Antrim Dorothy Antrim
Jack Mitchell Jack Mitchell
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Storyline

In Seattle, aspiring pickpocket Ray is not very adept at his chosen profession. He thinks he's made it to the big time when he learns that a "cannon" - a pickpocket - is looking for an apprentice. The cannon is Harry, recently arrived in Seattle, with his older associate, Casey, a man with a penchant for cocaine. What Harry and Casey are really looking for is a "stall" - someone to act as the distractor. Harry thinks Sandy, Ray's girlfriend (and one of his former marks), is better suited to the job, but, Sandy will not do it unless Ray's included, as well. Ray appreciates what Harry can and does teach him and Sandy, but, Ray doesn't much like the romantic and sexual interest Harry' starts showing in Sandy. Harry's number one rule; Harry never holds, and after relocating their operation to stay one step ahead of the law, Ray's tired of being the 4th musketeer in the group, and itches to become a world-class cannon himself. This doesn't fit within Harry's grand scheme, and allegiances ... Written by Huggo

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If you only have eyes for her... If you just bumped into a stranger... If suddenly you develop sex appeal... You've got... "Harry In Your Pocket!" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1973 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Harry Never Holds See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

2 of the film's 4 main actors are of Canadian birth. Both Messers Walter Pidgeon, and Michael Sarrazin hail from the Great White North. See more »

Quotes

Casey: Harry never holds.
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Connections

References Pickpocket (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

DAY BY DAY BY DAY
Words by Bruce Geller
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Sung by Josh Adams
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Keep your hands in your pockets for this one.
16 September 2001 | by redbeard_nvSee all my reviews

How can you enjoy a film about pickpockets that isn't a comedy, but a deep, emotional analysis of the fall of two master cannons (street slang for pickpockets) and the training of the next generation?

Easy.

Offbeat, it wasn't shot in glorious LA or New York or Chicago, but in Salt Lake City, the plain states and Canada. Featuring the always intense James Coburn as the titular character, with the great and glorious Walter Pidgeon as his aging, cocaine addicted mentor, supported by then rising stars Michael Sarrazan (fresh off his success in "The Groundstar Conspiracy") and Trish VanDevere (pre-George C.Scott), it took a peek behind the veil at one of the world's oldest professions, in your face robbery without the victim every knowing it.

Light and breezy during the small capers, but dark and brooding during the intervals, we see a changing of the guard, but one not born of pomp and ceremony, but of despair, loneliness and resignation.

The other posters are right. It would never be made these days. No sex, violence, guns, backstabbing, revenge or enough neon. So, hopefully, they'll never try to remake it and ruin the memory of a classic.


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