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Let's Get Harry (1986)

When Columbian revolutionaries kidnap an American engineer, his brother and friends, faced with official inaction, hire a mercenary and mount the rescue operation themselves.

Director:

Stuart Rosenberg (as Alan Smithee)

Writers:

Mark Feldberg (story), Samuel Fuller (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fidel Abrego Fidel Abrego ... Hood #1
Jere Burns ... Washington aide
Gary Busey ... Jack
Cecile Callan ... Theresa
Terry Camilleri ... Mercenary
Elpidia Carrillo ... Veronica
Matt Clark ... Walt Clayton
Rodolfo De Alexandre Rodolfo De Alexandre ... Pablo
Robert Duvall ... Norman Shrike
Javier Estrada Javier Estrada ... Dwarf
Glenn Frey ... Spence
Salvador Godínez Salvador Godínez ... Boat man
Bruce Gray Bruce Gray ... Ambassador Douglas
Jerry Hardin ... Dean Reilly
Mark Harmon ... Harry Burck Jr.
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Storyline

When Harry Burck, Jr. (Mark Harmon), an American engineer on loan to Colombia, is taken hostage and held for ransom, his brother Corey (Michael Schoeffling) and friend Jack (Gary Busey) are among a group of men, lead by Shrike (Robert Duvall), who go deep into the jungles of Colombia to rescue Harry and an American ambassador. Written by Richard Jones <rjo339@swbell.net>

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An adventure about the hero in all of us. See more »

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Action | Adventure

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rescue See more »

Filming Locations:

Aurora, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$140,980
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although the setting of the story is unidentified, Screenwriter Charles Robert Carner spent considerable time in Colombia researching the yarn, which had its origins in a concept suggested by Blatt and Singer during the early 1980s in the pre-Rambo era. In Colombia, Carner was introduced to people who worked both sides of the law in fighting and carrying out the lucrative contraband trade that has spread from Latin America to the streets and suburbs of the United States. See more »

Quotes

Norman Shrike: The Indians say that if you spit after a close call, you'll be protected in the future.
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The Trouble With (Let's Get) Harry
16 December 2006 | by fjcamperSee all my reviews

I was Robert Duvall's character coach or model in Harry. He attended my training camp in Alabama in September 1985 before going on down to Vera Cruz Mexico for the location filming.

The major problem with the film was the director(s) and the editing. The actual script wasn't bad. One director quit, and the finishing director cut so much from the film that Duvall tried to keep it from being released, and the director ended up having his own name removed from the film and "Alan Smithee" (a name used to protect the guilty) credited as director.

Virtually all of the training scenes were cut where the plumbers become commandos, and the character development went with it.

Duvall wanted to make a good movie. The script called for his character to give a dying speech after getting shot. When he and I went over the scene, I told him after getting hit the way he was supposed to, he wouldn't be able to say anything. He played it that way.

When I finally saw the film, I was surprised to discover that not only had Duvall followed my advice on how to dress, etc., but that he had adopted my own personal mannerisms and way of talking. He never said anything about doing that.

I was disappointed in the final release, even more than most viewers. I know what's missing.

Frank Camper


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