Harry Keach has been widowed for two years and works as a bulldozer operator on a construction crew. Despite having a strong work ethic, that working life is cut short when health issues lead to him no longer being able to do the job. Harry has a strained relationship with his two grown children: Nina, who, with her insurance salesman husband, seems more concerned about what they can receive in material possessions through her relationship with Harry; and Howard, who still lives with Harry. Howard is an aspiring writer, but as a person who lives in the here and now would rather hang out having fun than find work in a steady job when he isn't writing. Despite Harry loving Howard and Howard loving Harry, the strain in their relationship is brought to the fore as Howard can work but won't while Harry wants to work but can't. Especially while they still live together, the two have to come to a new understanding as they move into the next phase of their respective lives, Howard's which ...
Only a hard-nose writes off his kid-- Only a hero has the courage to change.
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Did You Know?
One of several films from the late 1970s and early 1980s, in which Robby Benson
is seen partaking in a physically strenuous pastime. In Ice Castles
(1978), it was ice hockey, in One on One
(1977), it was basketball, in Running Brave
(1983), it was long-distance running, while in Harry & Son
(1984), it was surfing. See more
You know, looking for working can be a real gas.
You got something?
Yep, hope it ain't the clap.
[goes inside the house
What are you talking about?
[peeking out the door
I got lucky. I also got a job.
[goes back inside
Referenced in Video Violence