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Drama) The sensationalistic murder of diet guru Dr. Herman Tarnower is explored in this decidedly low-key take on the tabloid cover story from first-time director Phyllis Nagy. As the inventor of the popular "Scarsdale Diet" Dr. Herman Tarnower (Ben Kingsley) became an overnight success during the peak of the early 1980s diet craze. Despite the popularity of the Dr. Tarnower's revolutionary "lose one pound per day" diet, the womanizing ways of the Casanova cardiologist would soon come to a brutal end at the hands of his jealous, prescription drug-addicted lover Jean Harris (Annette Bening). Driven to despair after their fourteen-year romance failed to result in marriage and enraged by Dr. Tarnower's shameless status as a ladies man, Harris confronts her former lover in one violent, final act of desperationTagline: Nothing is more dangerous than the truth.
Mrs. Harris is HBO's fact-based tale about the tumultuous relationship between Jean Harris and Scarsdale Diet author Dr. Herman Tarnower, whom she is accused of shooting to death in a jealous fit of rage. But it's also a cautionary tale about what can happen when a woman is so obsessed with a man she'd rather die--or kill--than be left behind. As Harris notes when she's on trial for his murder, she doesn't understand how "something that ugly and sad could've happened between two people who didn't argue, except over the use of the subjunctive." As the oddly paired lovers, Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley do a formidable job with their roles. She is a well-educated social climber teaching at a girls' prep school. He is a wealthy doctor who loves her enough to propose marriage, but not enough to go through with it. She sticks around for 14 years, hoping she'll outlast all his other mistresses. When her best friend suggests she find someone worthy of her, Harris scoffs, "I despise decent men. ... Cruelty isn't a crime. Boredom is." Unfortunately, the film--even with all the sensationalistic background material--is a meandering production that evokes boredom and impatience rather than viewer's pity, anger, or understanding. --Jae-Ha Kim
The acting was terrific, but the story would go back and forth between past and future events that made it a little difficult to watch at times. Read morePublished 6 months ago by patrice k.
Another wonderful doumentery movie.. very tastfully done. Another great Annette Benning movie same said of Ben Kingsley. They both hit it out of the park in this one!Published 12 months ago by Rebecca
I live in New York at the time and worked just around the corner from Purchase where Dr. Tarnower lived. I remember the whole thing and I was glad to get the movie.Published on July 7, 2013 by Sam J. Morris
a lady's movie. my wife loves it. she has watched it a few time and lent it to friends to see.Published on March 9, 2013 by Neale J. Marlow
The two leads, Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley, both give a great performance. Cloris Leachman has a few scenes, and is a riot. I always enjoy fact based movies.Published on March 3, 2013 by Tammy Mcbride
I read the book then saw the movie version. As usual the book is usually better but it was interesting to actually see the story played out by such amazing actors. Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by ellekd
This was bought for a friend who had followed the trial of Jean Harris, and didn't know there was an HBO movie based on the trial with lots of flashbacks. Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Estrellaita
I absolutely love this movie. I am so happy Amazon had it available for purchase. It never comes on HBO anymore.Published on July 3, 2011 by T.E.
Ben Kingsley is an inspired choice to play the bald-headed diet doc who gets shot by his jealous middle-aged girlfriend way back in 1980. Read morePublished on March 19, 2009 by Bradley F. Smith