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Harry & Son (1984)

Harry & Son




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Paul Newman directed and stars as a blue-collar widower at odds with his son (Robby Benson). Katie: Ellen Barkin. Tom: Wilford Brimley. Sally: Judith Ivey. Raymond: Ossie Davis. Siemanowski: Morgan Freeman. Newman also co-scripted.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ronald L. Buck, Paul Newman
In Theaters:
Orion Pictures Corporation


Ossie Davis
as Raymond
Morgan Freeman
as Siemanowski
Maury Chaykin
as Lawrence
Cathy Cahill
as Waitress
Joseph Alva
as Young Man
Joe Sikorra
as Young Man
Don Moody
as 1st Construction Wor...
Leroy Dukes
as 2nd Construction Wor...
Joseph C. Hess
as 1st Worker
Harold Bergman
as Night Watchman
Al Nesor
as Taxi Driver
Jill Selkowitz
as 1st Factory Girl
Patricia A. Frye
as 2nd Factory Girl
Dennis W. Edwards
as Iron Construction Wo...
Jan Siegel
as Woman Driver
Suzanne M. Brierley
as Beauty Parlor Woman
Terry Miller
as Surplus Clerk
Mark Anthony Wade
as Delivery Man
George Warren
as Superintendent
Fred M. Wilkins
as Concrete-Mixer Opera...
Bunny Yeager
as Marina the Bar Waitr...
Gilberto Costa Nunes
as Spanish Parrot
Jeffrey Finn
as Motorcyclist
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Critic Reviews for Harry & Son

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Fuzzily conceived and indecisively executed, Harry & Son represents a deeply disappointing return to the director's chair for Paul Newman.

Full Review… | June 17, 2008
Top Critic

The movie might have worked if it had been a satire of those awful made-for-TV Family Problem Movies. Unfortunately, it does not seem to know it is funny.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A decently intentioned but rather drab mess of a movie.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

The film is definitely overlong, bordering on the dull.

Full Review… | June 17, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Produced, directed and even partially scripted by Newman, the story about a man suffering from a heart condition is hardly exciting or rewarding material.

June 17, 2008

Audience Reviews for Harry & Son


The narrative line of the script is scattered and seems to pick up ideas and problems and then drop them without resolution to tackle some other tangential issue. The issues all pertain to the relationship between the father and son but it would have been better to focus more on their interaction and less on exterior forces. Benson tries in the lead but just isn't that strong of a screen presence especially when competing with Newman's star power. The rest of the cast is certainly talented even if what they're handed character wise is diffuse and it's interesting to see some like Freeman and Barkin who went on to long careers just starting out. Not a bad film but very average.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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