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Harrison's Flowers (2000)

When a Newsweek photojournalist disappears in war-torn Yugoslavia, his wife travels to Europe to find him.

Director:

Élie Chouraqui

Writers:

Isabel Ellsen (book), Élie Chouraqui (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andie MacDowell ... Sarah Lloyd
Elias Koteas ... Yeager Pollack
Brendan Gleeson ... Marc Stevenson
Adrien Brody ... Kyle Morris
David Strathairn ... Harrison Lloyd
Alun Armstrong ... Samuel Brubeck
Caroline Goodall ... Johanna Pollack
Diane Baker ... Mary Francis
Quinn Shephard ... Margaux Lloyd
Marie Trintignant ... Cathy
Christian Charmetant Christian Charmetant ... Jeff
Gerard Butler ... Chris Kumac, Photojournalist
Scott Anton Scott Anton ... Cesar Lloyd (as Scott Michael Anton)
Christopher Clarke Christopher Clarke ... David
Dragan Antonic Dragan Antonic ... Chetnik
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Storyline

Harrison Lloyd is a Pulitzer-winning photojournalist. His wife and family are making it hard for him to keep his mind on his work when he's in a war zone, and he wants to change jobs to something less stressful. But he's got one last assignment, in war-torn Yugoslavia, in 1991, at the height of the fighting. Word comes back that he apparently died in a building collapse, but his wife Sarah (also a journalist for Newsweek) refuses to believe that he's dead and goes looking for him. She's helped immensely by the photo-journalists Eric Kyle and Marc Stevenson that she runs into over there; together, they're determined to make it through the chaotic landscape to Vukovar, which is not only the nexus of the war but where she believes Harrison is located. Meanwhile, Harrison's son Cesar is looking after his father's prized greenhouse, keeping hope, and flowers, alive. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Taglines:

Sometimes love is the only proof you need.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong war violence and gruesome images, pervasive language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

English | French | Serbian | Croatian

Release Date:

15 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A felejtés virágai See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$867,635, 17 March 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,843,570, 7 April 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

We see a Sony PlayStation in Sarah's home. The movie is set in 1991, but the PlayStation was not released until 1995. See more »

Quotes

Journalist 4: Don't they have a wine cellar here.
[in the middle of shellfire]
Kyle Morris: What do you think this is? A French restaurant?
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Alternate Versions

For the United States version, the film's length was reduced by about 5 minutes; it also features a new score by Cliff Eidelman. See more »

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Realistic and by most part very accurate display of urban warfare
17 November 2004 | by stojcicSee all my reviews

As someone who had lived through this war [I live in Osijek, town frequently mentioned in the movie, only 30 kilometers from Vukovar] and have seen the atrocities first hand, I'll start by commenting the realistic value. To my surprise, the Harrison flowers turned out to be very accurate in portraying what it was like. The details, such as locations, army uniforms and equipment, names, places, scenes and the geographic and historic facts, are pretty much all spot-on true. There are few barely noticeable mistakes, but it'd be nitpicking on my behalf even mentioning them. So, to anyone interested in seeing what the end 20th centuries warfare really looks like, I highly recommend it. It's miles ahead of Holywoods cheezy Rambo-style war movies and by it's ruthless realism it really is a visual kick in the gut.

As for the plot - the love story that serves as a guideline seems pretty much unnecessary and hard to believe. It has occurred to me that it'd be far more believable if Andie MacDowel was the photojournalist lost in the war-zone and her husband goes to get her out, not the other way around. So, those looking for a warm love tale, this will hardly be the best choice. Those interested in seeing the insanity of the easter-Europe 1991. war conflict, the cruelty and danger of modern photojournalism - I can hardly think of anything better than this.


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