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Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)

John Candy , Jeffrey Jones , Paul Flaherty  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Candy, Jeffrey Jones, Annie Potts, Tim Thomerson, Barry Corbin
  • Directors: Paul Flaherty
  • Writers: Peter Wortmann, Robert Conte
  • Producers: John Candy, Arnon Milchan, George W. Perkins, Les Kimber
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 7, 2000
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767821467
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Who's Harry Crumb?" on IMDb

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John Candy, Jeffrey Jones. A private detective with more enthusiasm than brains is hired to find a kidnapped heiress. But more than one person wants him off the case-and he's got to sharpen his detecting skills before he becomes the next victim. 1989/color/91 min/PG-13/fullscreen.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHO'S HARRY CRUMB? YOU WON'T BE SORRY YOU ASKED! November 26, 2005
Format:DVD
IN A NUTSHELL -- "WHO IS HARRY CRUMB?":

John Candy plays bumbling Harry Crumb, the last survivor of a family of great detectives. This Crumb works in the agency his legendary grandfather founded, but he's been exiled to their "Greater Tulsa" office. Eliot Draisen (Jeffrey Jones) who somehow has become the Director of "Crumb and Crumb" assigns the inept Harry Crumb to find the kidnapped daughter of a multi-millionaire (played by the affable Barry Corbin from TV's "Northern Exposure"). There is a catch, however ... Draisen doesn't want the kidnappers found, for reasons of his own. While Crumb bumbles along through various mishaps (aided by his able assistant, Shawnee Smith) which are articulated via a series of ridiculously funny comedy skits, the kidnappers feel completely secure. In the meantime, Elliot Draisen tries to have his way with the millionaire's wife (Annie Potts), but does that have anything to do with the plot?

OKAY IT SOUNDS KIND OF PAT -- BUT:

In "Who's Harry Crumb?", it's all in the execution. The series of vignettes that make up the heart of the film are John Candy at his best. He plays a series of "under-cover" impersonations that run the gamut from Middle Eastern Vice-President of operations to a blonde transvestite [in the epilogue]. The idea is that somehow, despite his penchant for being a complete idiot, he somehow catches the kidnappers, by accident. But -- not before breaking his boss's prize dinosaur eggs [literally] and everthing else that gets in his way. We can see what's happening, but it is the way that Crumb gets from point A to point B that makes this film entertaining and worth watching.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for the collection March 5, 2004
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Format:DVD
I was about seven or eight years old when I first saw This movie, but it was instantly my favorite. The only thing is that it's most physical comedy. Now that I'm older I realize that it's not his best movie, but it's still a great comedy classic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wishing for deleted scenes September 16, 2009
Format:DVD
I really enjoyed this movie, even though I'm not the biggest John Candy fan. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon when Saturday night is still keeping you from getting off the couch.

My only complaint is that I remember first seeing the movie on TV when I was visiting a friend in New York, and there was a hilarious scene that took place in the wine cellar, John Candy accidentally starts a machine that shoots clay pigeons all over the cellar and floods it with wine.

The scene must have been added to the TV broadcast to cover the bra scene being deleted, but was not part of the theatrical release and is not on the DVD. Which is weird, because if you watch the scene where they play footsie under the table at dinner, one of John Candy's pant legs is stained halfway up the shin with wine. With the deletion of the scene, that makes no sense.

Anyway, that's my 2 cents.

Maybe if they ever release this movie in Blue Ray they will have the "director's cut" or some actual features added, like the deleted scenes.

Anyone else ever notice this? Or am I a complete continuity nerd?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Candy, but a fun treat nonetheless... November 25, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
John Candy turns in an amusing performance as the bumbling detective Harry Crumb who is called in to solve the case of a wealthy socialite's kidnapped daughter. From the very beginning, Crumb's lack of tact, talent, and detective skills is obvious. He photographs the wrong person on a stake-out, gets stuck in an air conditioning duct, has his tie eaten by a paper shredder, and constantly misuses the words on his word-a-day calendar. While this may not be Candy's funniest performance, it does provide several stellar comic moments.
The supporting cast of this movie is sensational. Superb performances are turned in from Annie Potts, Barry Corbin, Shawnee Smith, and Wesley Mann as the lethargic butler. The finest performance of the movie is accomplished by Jeffrey Jones, who plays the President of Crumb's detective agency. The interractions he has with the befuddled Harry are outrageous and hilarious.
If you are looking for the best of John Candy, I would suggest movies such as "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" or "Uncle Buck" instead of this film. "Who's Harry Crumb?" does have its share of over-the-top moments and comedy that borders on the edge of campy or cheesy. However, more than a few moments of pure hilarity make this film an excellent addition to any movie collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Candy is hilarious, as always October 5, 2000
Format:DVD
Like many of the movies in this genre(slapstick comdedy), "Who's Harry Crumb" has an absurd story line. But all of this is pretty much inconsequential with a person like John Candy as the star. People who have seen his other performances, know that he can turn the smallest role in to comedic masterpieces(such as "Tom Tuttle from Tacoma Washington" on Volunteers). And naturally, when he has a starring role, he can elevate a movie from mediocre to great, as evidenced by this particular movie. Without John Candy, I would rate this movie as one of the 5 worst ever, but since John Candy is in it, it's in the top 25(which is a pretty exclusive list!).
All I can say is, if you still havn't watched this movie, even though it's been out for almost a dozen years, you're missing out on a hilarious movie. The first time I watched it, I couldn't stop laughing, it's that funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Candy fan.
I've always been a fan of John Candy. Great comedy and storyline is good. Other than just enjoying John Candy movies for what they are, I always love these old school comedies.
Published 11 days ago by Stephen Liusa Young
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny movie
Though it was not a funny as I remember it being when I was much younger, I still enjoyed watching this again.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
I cannot believe I had not seen this movie before recently...John Candy is a laugh riot as usual while playing the hapless eponymous private detective, solving cases the only was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by N. Daly
4.0 out of 5 stars Love John Candy! Cute movie
Huge John Candy fan! This movie is so funny. Classic John Candy. Goofy- funny- cute. I recently introduced my 12 year old to John Candy movies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by homeschoolmom2009
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious
john candy i a genious the whole movie is laughs from start to finish watch it over and over today
Published 3 months ago by Chris Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, but more for the family than me
The family liked it more than I did. But provided a good movie night for the whole family get together
Published 5 months ago by Erik Nobs
5.0 out of 5 stars john candy
john candy was a great comedian and actor, i have watched everything he has done and liked them all. Read more
Published 6 months ago by nellie c. kumar
5.0 out of 5 stars Annie Potts is hot
Annie Potts is scantly clad and hot in this movie. and John Candy is funny in this as well as a good movie.
Published 6 months ago by Smogol
5.0 out of 5 stars John Candy At His Best
I personally think this is John Candy's BEST Movie. Also, the story line was very good, and all of the supporting actors were well chosen for each role.
Published 7 months ago by GC
5.0 out of 5 stars John Candy at his best
If you like John Candy you will never grow tired of this film. Whenever I need a good laugh I pull this out and watch. I have yet to be disappointed.
Published 7 months ago by John Cowan
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