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Harvard Man (2001)

A basketball player strikes a deal with the mob to fix a basketball game.

Director:

James Toback

Writer:

James Toback

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Grenier ... Alan Jensen
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Cindy Bandolini
Joey Lauren Adams ... Chesney Cort
Eric Stoltz ... Teddy Carter
Rebecca Gayheart ... Kelly Morgan
Gianni Russo ... Andrew Bandolini
Ray Allen ... Marcus Blake
Mike Vetere Mike Vetere ... Russell (as Michael Aparo)
Scottie Epstein Scottie Epstein ... Mario
John Neville ... Dr. Reese
Polly Shannon ... Juliet
Phillip Jarrett ... Coach Preston
Adam Bloch ... Kenner
Lauren Collis Lauren Collis ... Connie
Landy Cannon ... Butch
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Storyline

College has always been a time for experimentation, sexual, cultural and otherwise. "Harvard Man" plays out against a background of love, sex, basketball, crime and experimentation. Action and philosophy in young people's quest to discover their true identity. Written by Anonymous

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Passion, Seduction, Deception


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, language and some strong sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Harvard Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,425, 19 May 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$56,653, 19 September 2002
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The entire movie was shot in 20 days. See more »

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When Alan asks to photograph the family of four, the mother calls her son "Brendan" but the credits list the two characters as "Jonathan's Mother" and "Jonathan" played by Kelly Ryder and her real-life son Brendan Ryder. It appears the actress accidentally called her son by his real name instead of his character's name. See more »

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Alan Jensen: I want to start looking out more and get away from just looking in-- contemplating the navel of my own void-- I want to look out at the world and see it and seize it and maybe even enrich it.
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On The DVD there is an Alternate Opening Scene. The only major difference being that the sex scene between Cindy & Alan is more graphic (you see more naked shots of Alan, which were not in the original version) See more »

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Weird but good
11 July 2002 | by Spanner-2See all my reviews

This low budget offering from disturbed filmmaker James Toback ("Black and White") features Adrian Grenier as a Harvard University basketball player in money trouble who is conned by his shaddy girlfriend (Sarah Michelle Gellar (playing a rif on her "Cruel Intentions" role) to throw a basketball game for money. Add in subplots about the mob, a couple of shaddy FBI agents (including a weird performance by Eric Stoltz), a teacher he has an affair with (Joey Lauren Adams) and a bizare drug trip segment and you have.. a typical Toback picture.. Still, the performances, especialy by relative newcommer Grenier are excellent and the story is weird enough to keep you fascinated.. Not for all tastes due to its subject matter but a good film. GRADE: B


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