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Harvey (1996)

An unlikely hero, Elwood P. Dowd. This mild-mannered-but-eccentric bachelor has, for several years, happily kept company with Harvey, a six-foot-tall rabbit that only he can see. All's well... See full summary »

Director:

George Schaefer

Writers:

Mary Chase (play), Joseph Dougherty (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Anderson ... Elwood P. Dowd
Leslie Nielsen ... Dr. Chumley
Swoosie Kurtz ... Veta Simmons
Jonathan Banks ... C.J. Lofgren, cab driver
Jessica Hecht ... Miss Ruth Kelly
William Schallert ... Judge Gaffney
Lisa Akey Lisa Akey ... Myrtle Mae Simmons
Jim O'Heir ... Duane Wilson
Robert Wisden ... Dr. Sanderson
Lynda Boyd ... Mrs. Chumley
Alex Ferguson Alex Ferguson ... Zabladowski
Sheila Moore ... Mrs. Chauvenet
Sheelah Megill Sheelah Megill ... Miss Tewksbury
Robin Kelly Robin Kelly ... Mrs. Greenwalt
Ingrid Tesch ... Girl Reporter
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Storyline

An unlikely hero, Elwood P. Dowd. This mild-mannered-but-eccentric bachelor has, for several years, happily kept company with Harvey, a six-foot-tall rabbit that only he can see. All's well until Elwood's social-climbing sister, Veta, and her teenage daughter, Myrtle Mae, come to live with him and fear his odd behavior will undermine their ambitions. When Elwood disrupts the ladies' first afternoon tea party by introducing wealthy Aunt Ethel Chauvenet to Harvey, Veta sees that something must be done right away. She takes compliant Elwood to the Chumley Rest Home, leaving him in the car while she tells a Dr. Sanderson all about Elwood and Harvey. Sanderson concludes that Veta is the psychotic one and has her carted off to be committed. Meanwhile Elwood is treated with respect and dignity in light of his sister's mental state. When Dr. Chumley, head of the rest home, returns and hears of the case, he draws the opposite conclusion-that Elwood in fact hallucinates. After firing Sanderson ... Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Genres:

Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El invisible Harvey See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A great deal of the dialogue was rewritten after the movie was made. This resulted in scenes where the lip movement of the actors, especially Harry Anderson, did not match up at all. See more »

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Version of Mein Freund Harvey (1985) See more »

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Awful!
5 August 2009 | by fuzzypattersSee all my reviews

I was flipping through the channels and saw this was on this afternoon. It is a very poorly done remake. Many of the lines were so poorly delivered that I got the impression that the actors new it wasn't going to be very good.

On the other hand, I highly recommend the original Jimmy Stewart version. It has all of the charm that this version lacks. Stewart's Dowd cannot help but be loved, while Anderson's Dowd feels wooden, and I ordinarily like Harry Anderson. When watching the original, you find yourself hoping that Harvey is real and you come to love him. In the remake, you find yourself not believing that any of the characters are real. They all come across as actors on a stage acting a part rather than actually being the characters. If you want to see Harvey, do yourself a favor and see the original. This version is not very good.


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