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Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (1999)

R | | Comedy | 10 March 2000 (UK)
Harold Smith, a quiet middle-aged Englishman becomes an instant celebrity when he suddenly starts exhibiting psychic and telekinetic powers. After he is arrested for accidentally killing ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Hewitt

Writer:

Ben Steiner
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2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Courtenay ... Harold Smith
Michael Legge ... Vince Smith
Laura Fraser ... Joanna Robinson
Stephen Fry ... Dr. Peter Robinson
Charlotte Roberts Charlotte Roberts ... Lucy Robinson
Amanda Root ... Margaret Robinson
Lulu ... Irene Smith
David Thewlis ... Nesbit
Charlie Hunnam ... Daz
Matthew Rhys ... Ray Smith
James Corden ... Walter
Rosemary Leach ... Harold's Mother
Charles Simon Charles Simon ... Oobie
Mark Williams ... Roland Thornton
John Higgins John Higgins ... The Reverend Anthony Cooper
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Storyline

Harold Smith, a quiet middle-aged Englishman becomes an instant celebrity when he suddenly starts exhibiting psychic and telekinetic powers. After he is arrested for accidentally killing three pensioners by causing their pacemakers to stop, his lawyer brings in an extremely skeptical scientist to test whether or not Harold's powers are real. Meanwhile, Harold's son Vince, a disco devotee, is pining for his co-worker Joanna, who also happens to be the daughter of the scientist testing Vince's dad. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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When punk meets disco.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Che fine ha fatto Harold Smith? See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£137,309 (United Kingdom), 12 March 2000, Limited Release
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Legge was offered a role in the film 4 days after completing his work on Alan Parker's Angela's Ashes (1999). See more »

Goofs

Telltale modern features on the terraced housing, e.g. uPVC windows and the post-1991 dialling code for Sheffield on a poster on window, when setting is intended to be 1977. Also distinctly visible are the modern tram tracks which were laid in 1994. See more »

Soundtracks

Right Back Where We Started From
Written by Pierre Tubbs (as Pierre Richard Roman) and J. Vincent Edwards
Performed by Maxine Nightingale
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Deserves to be one of this year's hit films
3 January 2000 | by franny-11See all my reviews

If you've seen the new Bond movie, you'll have seen the trailer for this film - believe me, it in no way does it justice. I was lucky enough to see the "world premiere" at the London Film Festival and I left that cinema grinning like an idiot.

Basically, this is not your stereotypical Britflick. It's a movie with a very strong cast, characters you actually care about, and a story that's original, hilarious and moving. Top marks too for the soundtrack - every song is a diamond, and they've even got Gizz, who I recognized as the guitarist with The Prodigy, playing some wicked stuff (let's just say that the final scenes need to be seen to be believed).

I don't see any reason why this film shouldn't be right up there with "Lock Stock" and "The Full Monty", but please - ignore the trailer.


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