Harry & Son 1984

 

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Harry & Son 1984
2h | Drama | 2 March 1984 (USA)
Storyline:Harry Keach has been widowed for two years and works as a bulldozer operator on a construction crew. Despite having a strong work ethic, that working life is cut short when health issues lead to him no longer being able to do the job. Harry has a strained relationship with his two grown children: Nina, who, with her insurance salesman husband, seems more concerned about what they can receive in material possessions through her relationship with Harry; and Howard, who still lives with Harry. Howard is an aspiring writer, but as a person who lives in the here and now would rather hang out having fun than find work in a steady job when he isn’t writing. Despite Harry loving Howard and Howard loving Harry, the strain in their relationship is brought to the fore as Howard can work but won’t while Harry wants to work but can’t. Especially while they still live together, the two have to come to a new understanding as they move into the next phase of their respective lives, Howard’s which includes his on-again, off-again relationship with girlfriend Katie Wilowski, that off again status due to Katie being pregnant with another man’s child, and Harry’s which includes Howard’s want for him to start thinking about women again.User review:For a kid from the posh suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio Paul Newman has a remarkable affinity for playing blue collar men. This is a guy who knows the value of hard work and it’s his greatest disappointment in life is that he hasn’t passed on that value to his children, Katherine Borowitz and Robby Benson.It’s Benson who Newman worries the most about. He wants to be a writer, but that just doesn’t happen over night. One has to get out into the world and acquire a little life experience to learn what one wants to write about. The only one that didn’t apply to was Emily Dickinson. Benson cites Hemingway as getting rejected 300 times before getting some money for his thoughts. But there certainly was a man who had himself a lot of life experience and earned a few dollars to pay his own way.I could understand Newman very well since I came from a family of uncles just like Newman on my mother’s side. I could understand Benson less so since all he wants is surf and sex. He tries working at some dead end jobs, his scenes with Morgan Freeman at a cardboard box factory and trying to repossess Ossie Davis’s car are his best in the film.In fact Newman’s tragedy is that health issues cause him to stop working and he won’t acknowledge them.But it’s Newman and Benson that’s the heart of Harry&Son. Father and son Keach come to a kind of understanding toward the end. The film is not the best from either Newman or Benson, but nothing to be ashamed of here.
Director: Paul Newman
Writers: Ronald Buck (screen story and screenplay), Paul Newman (screen story and screenplay), Raymond DeCapite (novel “A Lost King”)
Stars: Paul Newman, Robby Benson, Ellen Barkin
Country of origin: United States
Language: English
Also known as: Harry and Son
Filming locations: Broward County, Florida, USA
IMDB Profile tt0087386

Harry & Son (1984)

Harry & Son 1984 7

5.8

Harry & Son

Director: Paul Newman

Writers: Ronald Buck, Paul Newman, Raymond DeCapite

Stars: Paul Newman, Robby Benson, Ellen Barkin

Summary: Harry Keach has been widowed for two years and works as a demolition crane operator on a demolition crew.

Also known as: Harry & Son (1984) on DVD

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