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Harrison's Flowers (2002)

Andie MacDowell , Elias Koteas , Elie Chouraqui  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Andie MacDowell, Elias Koteas, Brendan Gleeson, Adrien Brody, David Strathairn
  • Directors: Elie Chouraqui
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006HAX6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,769 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Harrison's Flowers" on IMDb

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    Andie MacDowell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) stars in the compelling story of one woman's determination to find her husband Harrison (David Strathairn, L.A. Confidential), a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist. He is reported as missing while on a dangerous assignment covering a war in a foreign country. When Harrison is presumed dead by his colleagues and editor, only Sara believes that he is still alive. Driven by intense passion she courageously plunges into a land ravaged by war, risking her own life as she engages in a relentless search to find him.

    An implausible plot doesn't prevent Harrison's Flowers from being a harrowing and moving depiction of the cost of war. Andie MacDowell stars as Sarah Lloyd, the wife of a photojournalist reported lost in the 1991 civil war raging between ethnic divisions in the former Yugoslavia. Refusing to believe her husband is dead, Sarah flies to Austria and then drives into the heart of the war, where she teams up with other photographers (Adrien Brody and Brendan Gleeson), who help her find a small town where her husband was last seen--while all around them rages one of the most horrific conflicts of the late 20th century. The story is barely credible, but the depiction of the war itself is stunning, and the depiction of the lives of photojournalists--partly thrill-seeking voyeurs, partly truth tellers--is complex and compelling. Though MacDowell isn't a great actress, all the performances are solid, and Brody is outstanding. --Bret Fetzer

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    34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars This Film Tells the Truth About War January 23, 2004
    I watched this movie for two reasons: I like Andie MacDowell and my last name is Harrison.
    I liked this movie because I am a Viet nam vet that fought in Tet and therefore I have some considerable experience with war in a city, or as the Army used to call it War in a Built Up Area. If you have actually seen this kind of war, the movie is frighteningly accurate and like war, necessisarily fragmentary and incomplete.
    For example, in one perfect and horrific, scene Andie MacDowell and her two journalist companions are moving through a city to find a hospital where her husband may be. They come upon a situation: a young child, probably a girl runs out of a building in front of them. A soldier follows her out of the building, and kills her. War's brutality? Certainly. A killing mad soldier, killing an innocent child. Possibly. But, even more likely, the scene represents wars brutality on multiple levels. If you knew that the child had just thrown a hand grenade and the soldier escaped it but his buddy, or even more likely in this kind of war, his actual brother did not would that change the nature of the scene for you? Or, if that was true and you knew that the child had another hand grenade, or a pistol, would that change your impression of the meaning of the scene? And how about that soldier many years later as he looks down at his own child, assuming he survives the war, will he be able to forget the look on that other chid's face as he shot her? However good his reason and in real war there are many reasons that can make such an act necessary, will he be able to forget, or will it haunt him. This kind of awful situation, but not unusual situation, is precisely why William T. Sherman said that "War is Hell.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars What CNN missed . . . March 3, 2008
    This 2-hour French production with an American cast is an odd combination of a blithely impossible action plot played against a chilling reality. When a world-famous photographer is reported killed in the war-torn former Yugoslavia, his wife flies off from their comfortable home in Westchester to find him and bring him back alive. The best that can be said about this Hollywood-style storyline is that it provides a reason to accomplish something very different - to portray the ghastly truth of ethnic warfare as it took place in the Balkans in the early 1990s and the role of news photographers who risked their lives to capture it with their cameras.

    Plunged into Croatia as Vukovar was being overrun by Serbs, the characters take the audience into a hell where everyone - men, women, children - must kill or be killed. We are witness to atrocities and inhumanities that take the breath away. While war in the movies has often been played for thrill-packed adventure - even anti-war films - this one leaves you with a sense of powerlessness in the face of unimaginable horror. Urban warfare and ethnic cleansing cease being abstract concepts. We see their portrayal with our own eyes, and the efforts of one American woman to retrieve her husband in the midst of it all are dwarfed by comparison. Worth seeing anyway for what CNN missed.
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    Reviewer: A viewer from Kansas City, MO
    This gripping film is a tribute to the 40+ journalists who died covering the war in the Balkans. The story centers around Andie MacDowell's character's search for her Pulitzer-award-winning photographer husband, who was reportedly killed when a building collapses in the war. Sarah Lloyd (Andie) is convinced that her husband is still alive, so she leaves behind her two young children & her job at Newsweek to venture to Serb-held Vukovar to find him. Her journey is fraught with violence -- shortly after she crosses into Yugoslavia, she encounters a Serb roadblock, where her hitchhiker/passenger/guide, a charming Croatian student in Paris returning to find his wife & baby, is needlessly executed, the rented Audi is crushed by a tank, and Sarah barely escapes rape. She is "rescued" by fellow journalists, and undaunted, continues her seeming suicide mission to find her husband in Vukovar. The violence in this film rivals anything you'll find on screen (think two hours of the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan) and you'll hear the ... word at least once a minute -- but it is well worth seeing. It will foster an appreciation of what photojournalists go through to document history, putting themselves at risk certainly as much as the soldiers, without the support & protection of an Army being them (albeit voluntarily). My only concern is that the film may oversimplify the issues underlying the conflict -- it depicts Serbs as evil and Croats as - - well, not evil, providing a relatively safe haven for the journalists. However, the film is not so much about the conflict itself as it is about the sacrifices of the journalists covering the conflict.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars An ode to marital love August 17, 2002
    Quitte a few years after the end of the yugoslavic civil war , director's Chouraqui movie brings once more back to our memory the biggest tragedy of the Balkans' recent history . Harrison is a journalist whose traces have been lost during a job mission to the then united Yugoslavia . Witnesses claim he is dead yet his wife , Sarah ( MacDowell ) is not conviced . She still believes he is alive and takes a long , risky journey to Vukovar in order to find him .
    Harrison's Flowers presents war in all it's horrow . It's well-made , brutal and realistic film concerning an always opportune subject. Director Chouraqui dezerves congratulations for chosing to focus once more on a war which destroyed millions of people yet the World Community seems to have already forgotten . Also credit must be given to MacDowell who chose to participate and support with her presence a project such as this as well as to Brody and Koteas who i hope that one day will become stars .
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Closest depiction to Balkans War in a movie I've seen
    This story and movie is captivating. I've seen this movie several times. The actors are all just brilliant. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Helen's Hounds
    3.0 out of 5 stars Harrison's Flowers
    My mom and aunt watched this movie and told me I had to watch it. I am from the former Yugoslavia and I am always interested in watching movies about the war and how film makers... Read more
    Published 13 months ago by Izzy
    Okay, hear me out, when I first saw Harrison's flowers on HBO almost a decade ago I was enthralled by it; being a photographer and a war buff I was pleasantly surprised and shocked... Read more
    Published 16 months ago by Mike M
    4.0 out of 5 stars Harrison's Flowers
    This is a stark and harsh film of what is happening in other countries right now (civil wars) e.g. Syria, Africa, Georgia, Afganistan, Iraq, South America (and the beat goes on). Read more
    Published 19 months ago by Pamela Toal
    4.0 out of 5 stars MacDowell's best performance in a superb film
    There are very, very few films that had dared to tackle the controversial subject of wars in the former Yugoslavia. This is one of them, and done very well. Read more
    Published on May 18, 2011 by Gabriel Vrh
    3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic war scenes, otherwise, nah
    If you can get through the gloppy first 30 minutes of this war time love story, you will reach the best of this film: extremely realistic battle scenes of the Serb-Croatian... Read more
    Published on March 12, 2010 by Bradley F. Smith
    4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
    Harrison's Flowers is an interesting story. The actors are believeable esp. the war scenes. The DVD was excellent and arrived promptly as always.
    Published on February 6, 2010 by Patty Sue
    1.0 out of 5 stars Harrison"s Flowers
    I ordered this DVD of Harrison's Flowers. Then found out it was discontinued. sellers need to check their inventory to make sure they have it.
    Published on June 15, 2009 by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Harrison's Flowers is a Touching Film
    David Strathairn-Harrison (Delores Claiborne) and Andie MacDowell-Sarah (Four Weddings And A Funeral) star in this touching film about a Prize-winning photojournalist who comes up... Read more
    Published on June 11, 2008 by Charliedee
    1.0 out of 5 stars Harrison's Flowers
    I only watched this, as Gerard Butler had a very small part. However, I did not like the movie, and the editing could have been better.
    Published on February 28, 2008 by Penny Whistle
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