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52 year old Vietnam veteran "Handsome" Harry Sweeney is convinced to seek forgiveness from a comrade he betrayed long ago, David Kagan. As the road stretches out before Harry, we see the full effect that this long ago crime has had on his life. Only through confronting the events of his distant past, and finally confronting David himself, can Harry can begin to truly live again.

Starring:
Jamey Sheridan, Steve Buscemi
Runtime:
1 hour 35 minutes

Handsome Harry

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Genres Drama
Director Bette Gordon
Starring Jamey Sheridan, Steve Buscemi
Supporting actors Mariann Mayberry, Aidan Quinn, John Savage, Campbell Scott, Titus Welliver, Karen Young, Jayne Atkinson, Bill Sage, Emily Donahoe, Asher Grodman, Andrew Dolan, Rutanya Alda, Kevin Reed, Blake Lowell, Tom Degnan, Elizabeth Hess, Danny Lane, Reathel Bean
Studio Screen Media
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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The movie was very good and a good message to it.
me
All walks of life, lifestyles, even temporary lifestyles can be a learning & beautiful experience.
M. Herrera
Buscemi, Quinn, and especially Campbell Scott also provide powerful performances.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 6, 2010
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HANDSOME HARRY is a brave little film, written by Nicholas T. Proferes and directed by Bette Gordon, a film that should be required viewing as the absurdities of the 'Don't ask, Don't tell' debate continue to divide this country. This is a script so tightly and beautifully constructed that it poses questions to the audience and lets the audience arrive at its own conclusions. It is a searingly intense story, successful in the manner in which the director allowed the cast of extraordinary actors to simply let the tale play out. There is a profound honesty here that is rarely found in other films that take on tough subjects, and without preaching, sermonizing, or taking sides it simply places an incident before our eyes, allowing the incident and its subsequent permutations of its consequences mold the characters we meet.

Harry Sweeney (Jamey Sheridan, a brilliant stage actor who should have been considered for an Oscar for this performance) is Handsome Harry - calm, somewhat secretive middle-aged man living in a small town where he is known as a good guy and a good singer to the acquaintances in the town diner. Divorced, father to a son Bobby (Asher Grodman) with whom he has difficulty relating, Harry is considering selling his electronic shop to his sole employee Pauley (Bill Sage) when Bobby arrives from Chicago for a strained weekend visit. The visit is interrupted by a telephone call from Kelley (Steve Buscemi) who is hospitalized with only days to live: Kelley insists he speak with Harry and out of obligation to his old friend Vietnam war buddy, Harry goes out of town for the visit.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Herrera on March 25, 2011
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What a great Man's Man's movie. Tough & cold in the beginning, then beautiful, emotionl & touching at the end. Every guy, young, middle aged or old should see this. All walks of life, lifestyles, even temporary lifestyles can be a learning & beautiful experience. Even if they end. Great Movie.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on December 31, 2010
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There is an understated elegance to Bette Gordon's sorrow filled sleeper "Handsome Harry" that is quite unexpected. In truth, I had never heard of this film. An interesting cast that includes Jamey Sheridan, Steve Buscemi, John Savage, Aiden Quinn and Campbell Scott initially drew my attention--but it's a sharp and contemplative screenplay that really seals the deal. "Handsome Harry" deals extensively with regret, with loss, and the repercussions of youthful decisions and indiscretions. The choices that we make when we're young can inform the rest of our lives. It's a simple concept that has been dramatized in countless ways, but "Handsome Harry" is never obvious. Despite a few flourishes of melodrama, "Handsome Harry" is a quietly powerful film that packs a surprisingly strong punch in its concluding scene.

Jamey Sheridan plays Harry with world weary charm and is incredibly appealing (I wonder why we don't see more from him)! Upon receiving a call from an old dying Naval buddy (Buscemi), Harry starts to reflect on a period of his life 30 years prior. While in the service, Harry and four of his mates participated in a brutal act of violence against a former friend--and it is something that has affected them all, in one way or another, in the years to follow. "Handsome Harry" is ultimately about redemption and forgiveness--but the hardest aspect of this late life reflection might just be Harry forgiving himself. And it is the understated finale that really brings this point to fruition.

"Handsome Harry" is a brief film considering the amount of ground it covers, and not a perfect one, but an easy recommendation as smart adult entertainment. A few times the script ratchets up the drama with awkward transitions to speed up the narrative.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris on September 27, 2011
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Harry seems to have a charmed life, with a successful business, a bunch of guys who tease each other over coffee, a lady who might be interested in him. He also has a difficult relationship with his adult son and something very dark in his past. A phone call from a dying Navy buddy brings that back to the surface. Harry tries to track down the man who suffered a brutal attack at the hands of his so-called friends. A series of flashbacks tell more and more. We suspect what happened before it is finally revealed. Along the way, Harry calls on other members of the gang and sees that their lives have been affected by what they took part in. The ending is a hard punch to the gut. I'm glad this film is now available on DVD since it never made it in wide release in the theaters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Cooper on August 15, 2011
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I originally saw this movie at the Cleveland International Film Festival on the recommendation of a friend and was quite moved over it. I had not viewed it for over a year until I happened to find it at the library and took it out to see again with another friend. I had forgotten so many of the nuances of the film and also I liked the fact that it deals with people more my own age instead of the young pretty people, which by the way is also featured in the film as flashbacks to the main characters so I decided to buy a copy for my own library. It gives a fresh perspective on homophobia, avoidance and finally acceptance. I can highly recommend this film.
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