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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

In the final scene, it is told that Sarah and Harrison have moved to St. Louis and they are seen dancing during this voice-over. This suggests a future occurrence after the climax of the movie, yet Harrison's left arm has reappeared. See more »

Quotes

Kyle Morris: War is the best excuse to take drugs.
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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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I've never seen any other movie like this before!
3 February 2003 | by zach__andersonSee all my reviews

I've never seen any other movie like this before! Granted, my exposure to movies where photojournalists are in the midst of war, it gave a stunning portrayal of how these levels of violence affect the people who take the pictures that we see in magazines.

If you want to read about the plot, then you should read the other comments about this film. However, if you want comments, then consider these: While the movie does have a love story plot (wife tries to find husband in war-torn Eastern Europe), the presentation of the war scenes within the movie are phenomenal, giving it a "Saving Private Ryan" feeling.

As Sara (the wife) and the photographers look for Harrison Lloyd, not only do you see how far a wife will go in order to find her husband, but you also witness just how far photojournalists will go in order to save their own.

And if you ask me, the "Hollywood Ending" was absolutely necessary in order to justify showing the rest of the grim war scenes throughout the movie (they can be disturbing, but they aren't gory). Had the movie ended any other way, I think that the majority of the viewers would feel extremely depressed after sitting through a two-hour movie.

Definitely a great movie! This is one that will get a lot of playtime in my DVD player.


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