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With a Friend Like Harry... (2000)

Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien (original title)
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Harry knew Michel in high school; they meet again by accident, Harry inserts himself in Michel's life... and things take a sinister turn.

Director:

Dominik Moll

Writers:

Dominik Moll (scenario), Gilles Marchand (scenario) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Laurent Lucas ... Michel
Sergi López ... Harry (as Sergi Lopez)
Mathilde Seigner ... Claire
Sophie Guillemin ... Prune (Plum)
Liliane Rovère ... Mother
Dominique Rozan Dominique Rozan ... Father
Michel Fau ... Eric
Victoire de Koster Victoire de Koster ... Jeanne
Laurie Caminata Laurie Caminata ... Sarah
Lorena Caminata Lorena Caminata ... Iris
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Storyline

Michel, his wife Claire and their three little daughters Jeanne, Sarah and Iris are traveling to their cottage in Switzerland to spend summer vacation. When they stop the car, Michel goes to the toilet and a man stares at him. Soon the man introduces himself as Harold "Harry" Balestoro, who studied with Michel in high school and knows him very well. When Michel and his family go to their car, Harry parks his Mercedes Benz and introduces his fiancée Plum to the couple and invites themselves to travel to Michel's house for a drink. Later her recalls by heart a poem written by Michel and shows that he was obsessed for Michel. Harry is surprised that Michel does not write anymore and tells that he is wealthy since he has inherited his father's investments. Michel and Claire are middle-class and are still repairing their cottage by themselves. Harry and Plum stay for the night in the guest room and in the morning, Harry gives a 4x4 V6 Pajero to his new friends. They do not accept but ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and a scene of nudity | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Diaphana [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

15 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

With a Friend Like Harry... See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,495, 22 April 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,818,452, 29 July 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Miramax Films released U.S. version in theaters. See more »

Quotes

[on how to deal with difficult parents]
Harry Ballestero: You have to overreact.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credit sequence, a straight-down aerial shot, the letters of the credits cast shadows on the ground (with realistic penumbras) as if they were actually suspended in mid-air. See more »

Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonate No. 5 for Piano, KV 283
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Ian Brown
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The Thriller That Doesn't Thrill
24 March 2005 | by goacherSee all my reviews

I do not understand why this film received the critical acclaim that it did. The references to Hitchcock seem to be a misleading front for the repetition of what is now a dated and unoriginal plot. I can sum it up in a few words: a guy meets an old schoolfriend by chance, the old schoolfriend seems unusually determined to get involved in the guy's life; the old schoolfriend turns out to be a maniac. It's a tired theme that's been repeated many times before, and this film doesn't stand out as doing it any better than others.

The whole basis of a good thriller is that its events are unpredictable. The fundamental problem with "Harry, He's Here To Help" is that it fails on this count. When well done, thrillers can provide hugely entertaining viewing. In their time, Hitchcock thrillers were excellent; this one is not. The comparison is inappropriate. Watch something else.


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