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Handsome Harry (2009)

R | | Drama | 6 December 2010 (USA)
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An ex-Navy man carrying out the last wish of a dying shipmate renews contact with old friends to break the code of silence around a mysterious, long-buried crime.

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Bette Gordon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamey Sheridan ... Harry Sweeney
Steve Buscemi ... Thomas Kelley
Mariann Mayberry ... Judy Rheems
Aidan Quinn ... Prof. Porter
John Savage ... Peter Rheems
Campbell Scott ... David Kagan
Titus Welliver ... Gebhardt
Karen Young ... Muriel
Jayne Atkinson ... Kelley's Wife
Bill Sage ... Pauley
Emily Donahoe ... Kelley's Daughter
Asher Grodman ... Bobby Sweeney
Andrew Dolan ... Sam
Rutanya Alda ... Mrs. Schroeder
Kevin Reed Kevin Reed ... Young Kagan
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They call him "Handsome" Harry Sweeney. At 52, the Vietnam veteran has kept his rugged good looks. Everyone likes Harry, an electrician by trade who loves to sing but for some reason he never lets anyone get too close. He's been divorced for a long time, has a son whom he rarely sees, and, although he's engaged in a long-term flirtation with the waitress at the diner, seems destined to remain alone. One day, Harry gets a call from a former Navy buddy, Tom Kelly, whom he hasn't seen in some thirty years. On his deathbed and terrified of going to Hell, Kelly convinces Harry to seek forgiveness on his behalf from a comrade they betrayed long ago, David Kagan. At first, Harry wants nothing to do with Kelly, Kagan or the remnants of his murky past. But guilt and memories have a mysterious grasp on Harry, and he finally relents, driving down the East Coast to call on his old comrades. As he confronts the three other men involved in a long-ago crime, he observes how each man has dealt with ... Written by Worldview Entertainment

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Can we ever change the past?

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

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sármos Harry See more »

Filming Locations:

Cornwall, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,562, 18 April 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,878, 25 April 2010
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2.35 : 1
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William Porter, a university professor of philosophy, mispronounces the name of Anaxagoras, a major early Greek philosopher and astronomer. See more »

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Thanks to "Lewis Cole May 25, 1946 - October 10, 2008." Dr. Cole was professor and chair at Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program. He died of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly called, "Lou Gehrig's disease") at age 62. He was highly influential in film and made a profound impact on his students. He was survived by his wife, Valerie, children, and grandchildren. See more »

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A candid treatment of serious themes.
4 July 2013 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

This movie is about taking responsibility for one's actions, no matter how reprehensible. A man whose reputation is seemingly beyond reproach in fact has been harboring two secrets from the distant past, both of which suggest a darker and more sinister side of his personality. In a way, this movie is almost like a contemporary version of The Picture of Dorian Grey. On the surface, everything seems well, but that's merely a sham covering up a spiritual ugliness that sooner or later will be revealed. The presents the story in a forthright manner and is well-acted. The movie's principal character did a really rotten and hurtful thing and has been living a lie. How he resolves these issues is what this movie is about. The movie deals with these issues candidly and effectively, without bombarding the audience with pretentious and superfluous platitudes. Instead, the movie tells the story and leaves it to the audience to judge as to whether the man is worthy of forgiveness and respect.


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