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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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He's The World's Greatest "Cannon"! See more »

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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

Walter Pidgeon would reprise his role as a pickpocket three years later in his penultimate film Two-Minute Warning. See more »

Quotes

Harry: [to Sandy] We travel first class, best rooms, best clothes, best food. Everything strictly the best.
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Connections

References The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

DAY BY DAY BY DAY
Words by Bruce Geller
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Sung by Josh Adams
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Very nearly a terrific movie...
9 May 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Original, offbeat character study with bracing dramatic moments stars Michael Sarrazin as an unskilled young thief in Seattle who gets himself and his new girlfriend (the appealing Trish Van Devere) hired on by a wily old pickpocket and his partner, a no-nonsense type with a big ego and a calculating manner. After some training, the foursome move on to Salt Lake City, where they become a finely-tuned team of cons. The smooth direction by Bruce Geller, the occasionally clever script from writers James David Buchanan and Ron Austin, and a superb cast including James Coburn and Walter Pidgeon promise a sure-fire movie. Unfortunately, the disappointing third act doesn't so much unravel as it does dry up, with the writing smacking of moralistic pandering ("Don't let this happen to you!"). Still, two-thirds of a great picture, one with a jazzy look, some amusing interplay and memorable characters. **1/2 from ****


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