Handsome Harry (2010)

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A man seeking to escape the past realizes that he'll first have to confront the present after receiving a desperate call from a friend on his deathbed. Harry Sweeny (Jamey Sheridan) is an aged but handsome divorcée with a grown son and a small business. He lives a comfortable life in a small town, where his main source of entertainment is stopping by the local diner to flirt with pretty waitress Muriel (Karen Young). But Harry's life hasn't always been this easy, and after getting a call from Tom Kelly (Steve Buscemi) he starts to remember why. Tom isn't long for this earth, and before he goes he seeks forgiveness from David Kagan, a fellow crewman that he and Harry knew from their Navy days. Unable to say no to an old friend, Harry sets out on a reluctant search for David, visiting old friends and drudging up painful memories in the process. Why does Tom feel like he needs David's forgiveness to pass on, and whose redemption is Harry searching for anyway? ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating: R (for language and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Bette Gordon
Written By: Nicholas T. Proferes
In Theaters: wide
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Cast

Jamey Sheridan
as Harry Sweeney
Aidan Quinn
as Professor Porter
John Savage
as Peter Rheems
Mariann Mayberry
as Judy Rheems
Steve Buscemi
as Thomas Kelly
Jayne Atkinson
as Mrs. Kelley
Bill Sage
as Pauley
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Critic Reviews for Handsome Harry

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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
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Handsome Harry is a small film with more to say than its creaky exposition and formulaic plot would suggest. Frustration is perhaps the more appropriate critical response.

Full Review… | October 28, 2010
Globe and Mail
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Sheridan (who also produced) is well cast as the good-looking, rugged Harry, and his performance is certainly adequate.

July 7, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
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Like any low-budget production, Handsome Harry has some shakily staged scenes and erratic acting, but it also has wonderful moments...

Full Review… | May 27, 2010
Miami Herald
Top Critic

David has honed this script for 30 years, and every word he utters is momentous. Handsome Harry transcends its somewhat melodramatic narrative.

Full Review… | April 18, 2010
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Each of its miserable characters, especially Mr. Savage's Rheems, is a case study in a film that hits you like a strident polemical essay.

April 16, 2010
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Handsome Harry

½

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.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.
½

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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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