Handsome Harry Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ February 6, 2012
An interesting story. Acting is good, but the storyline isn't the most exciting. Decent, but seems to drag on, and on. Heavy-hearted ending.
jjnxn
Super Reviewer
November 23, 2010
Interesting low key drama of a man in middle age forced to confront a shameful error in his distant past and try to make amends if possible. While it doesn't totally succeed and it's focus is sometimes off kilter the film still manages to entertain. Part of the reason why lies in the fact that for a small indie this has quite an impressive cast of higher profile quality actors, albeit that most appear briefly, than is usual in this type of film.
LWOODS04
Super Reviewer
½ September 16, 2010
Cast: Jamey Sheridan, Steve Buscemi, Mariann Mayberry, Aidan Quinn, John Savage, Campbell Scott, Titus Welliver, Karen Young, Bill Sage, Asher Grodman

Director: Bette Gordon

Summary: For many years, small-town resident Harry Sweeney (Jamey Sheridan) has avoided confronting painful memories from his past. But when his best friend becomes seriously ill, Harry builds up enough courage to explore long-hidden secrets and uncover his true identity.

My Thoughts: "This is a slow burning film where the story unravels throughout the entirety of the film. The story is a bitter-sweet tale, some of it being of forbidden love and heart break, and the other of forgiveness for a horrendous act of violence. The ending is a quiet but heavy. Jamey Sheridan does great in this film. Definitely worth the watch."
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ November 17, 2011
Well into middle age, Harry Sweeney(Jamey Sheridan) is doing well for himself in his business as an electrician and has no plans to retire soon. Thomas Kelley(Steve Buscemi), an old pal from the navy who he has not talked to in 30 years, is not quite so lucky, as he lies dying in a hospital bed. Before he goes, he wants to apologize to a former crewmate, Kagan, of theirs who along with three others they brutally beat. But Kelley dies before he can locate him, leaving the task to Harry with a little help from Kelley's daughter(Emily Donahue) who provides him with her research. First stop, Peter Rheems(John Savage), another former crewmate.

"Handsome Harry" is a low-key and meditative movie that is helped by a relaxed lead performance from Jamey Sheridan, along with a very good supporting cast that also includes Aidan Quinn, Campbell Scott and Titus Welliver. All of which is in the service of a story that seeks to explore the nature of forgiveness from an occasionally religious angle.(Harry confesses he wanted to be a priest at one point.) In short, are there some acts that cannot be forgiven? In any case, can we forgive ourselves or does guilt take over at some point? At one time, macho attitudes would not have allowed men to ask these questions of themselves but times are changing. So what may once have been impossible is now possible.
½ August 5, 2014
Slow-moving, slightly posturing drama.
February 25, 2014
I really enjoyed this movie..... Came across it by accident, and I am glad I did.
March 7, 2013
This film wasn't difficult to predict, but that's not to say it was obvious. Regardless, the story was compelling and so very sad.
½ July 16, 2012
I saw Steve Buscemi's name attached to this, and admittedly, that was my sole reason for watching it. He appeared in it for only about five minutes, but I didn't mind; I kept watching. This is an incredible film, brave with its subject matter and the way it handles it. It's so much more believable than many other films dealing with homosexuality and homophobia.
May 31, 2012
Terrific study of love, betrayal and regret from the eyes of a former Navy soldier who faces his past when an old Navy buddy calls him from his deathbed. Well-written, very understated, realistic and smartly directed, this is a must-see film.
May 23, 2012
Life has never looked so sad!
December 10, 2011
This film wasn't difficult to predict, but that's not to say it was obvious. Regardless, the story was compelling and so very sad.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ November 17, 2011
Well into middle age, Harry Sweeney(Jamey Sheridan) is doing well for himself in his business as an electrician and has no plans to retire soon. Thomas Kelley(Steve Buscemi), an old pal from the navy who he has not talked to in 30 years, is not quite so lucky, as he lies dying in a hospital bed. Before he goes, he wants to apologize to a former crewmate, Kagan, of theirs who along with three others they brutally beat. But Kelley dies before he can locate him, leaving the task to Harry with a little help from Kelley's daughter(Emily Donahue) who provides him with her research. First stop, Peter Rheems(John Savage), another former crewmate.

"Handsome Harry" is a low-key and meditative movie that is helped by a relaxed lead performance from Jamey Sheridan, along with a very good supporting cast that also includes Aidan Quinn, Campbell Scott and Titus Welliver. All of which is in the service of a story that seeks to explore the nature of forgiveness from an occasionally religious angle.(Harry confesses he wanted to be a priest at one point.) In short, are there some acts that cannot be forgiven? In any case, can we forgive ourselves or does guilt take over at some point? At one time, macho attitudes would not have allowed men to ask these questions of themselves but times are changing. So what may once have been impossible is now possible.
June 20, 2011
A talented cast and good story makes this movie a good watch. Jamey Sheridan shines here.
January 7, 2011
I often wonder if the professional critics that review some of these movies have a skewed point of view from having seen too many movies. It also seems that every movie with a gay theme seems to draw unwarranted critical acclaim. This film explores the important, almost taboo, subject of the don't ask don't tell macho culture of the US military but from an entertainment perspective it was a big yawn. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
½ November 27, 2010
A piece of crap but interesting to see what all those old actors are doing like Sheridan, Savage, Scott & Quinn.
½ April 30, 2009
An all star cast that doesn't disappoint in this compelling and engaging stand out film drama at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Hopefully it will reach the masses and get the recognition it deserves!
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