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Mrs. Harris (2005)

Mrs. Harris




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The sensationalistic murder of diet guru Dr. Herman Tarnower is explored in this stylized 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 '80s 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 14-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 desperation.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Phyllis Nagy
On DVD: Aug 1, 2006
Killer Films


Annette Bening
as Jean Harris
Ben Kingsley
as Dr. Herman Tarnower
Ellen Burstyn
as Former Tarnowner `St...
Frances Fisher
as Marge Richey Jacobso...
Philip Baker Hall
as Arthur Schulte
Cloris Leachman
as Pearl Schwartz
Mary McDonnell
as Vivian Schulte
ChloŽ Sevigny
as Lynne Tryforos
Bill Smitrovich
as Joel Arnou
Frank Whaley
as George Bolen
Michael Gross
as Leslie Jacobson
Brett Butler
as Tarnower `Ex' No. 1
Lee Garlington
as Tarnower `Ex' No. 2
Nan Martin
as Mama Tarnower
Larry Drake
as Harris Defense-Team ...
Caroline Lagerfelt
as Madeira School Admin...
Robert Cicchini
as Det. Siciliano
Michael Paul Chan
as Dr. Louis Roh
Lisa Edelstein
as Forensic Psychologis...
John Patrick Amedori
as Young David Harris
Brad McCoy
as Young Jimmy Harris
John Rubinstein
as Tarnower's Best Frie...
Jessica Tuck
as Wife No. 1
Dean Norris
as Sporting Goods Clerk
Lauren Storm
as Favorite Madeira Stu...
Kirsten Nelson
as TV Interviewer
Jessica Johnson
as Madeira Alumna
Vicki Davis
as Madeira Senior
Margaret Easley
as Carol Potts
Tim Rettley
as David Harris
Michael Moore
as Jimmy Harris
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Critic Reviews for Mrs. Harris

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Playwright Phyllis Nagy's film directorial bow is an uneven affair.

Full Review… | September 20, 2005
Top Critic

The film was 'inspired' by Shana Alexander's book, but the tone comes straight out of the tabloids. This tone lies somewhere south of smugness but north of pure derision.

September 18, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 24, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It might not be up to the level of, say, Reversal of Fortune, but it's also far above your typical movie-of-the-week network filler.

Full Review… | August 2, 2006

The story is interesting, the characters are interesting, and while never boring, the picture never greatly impresses nor has much in the way of insight.

Full Review… | March 21, 2006
Hollywood Report Card

Another shrill, irritating performance from Annette Bening.

September 16, 2005
Planet Sick-Boy

Audience Reviews for Mrs. Harris


The film is loaded with fine performers doing good work but the people that are the subjects of this piece are either unlikable (Tarnower) or pathetic (Jean Harris) so it's hard to become too involved in the whole thing.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


I found this movie a bit boring because the storyline wasn't all that interesting. Bening stars as Mrs. Harris, a troublesome woman who is being accused of murdering Herman after being in a relationship with him for 14 years. Herman had asked her to marry him but later backed out from this. This movie shows Mrs. Harris' suffering from mental illness. She may even have been suicidal at the time of the murder. The acting was fine but I thought that the movie was a bit too boring at times.

Naughtia Nahazhina

Super Reviewer

True Story, well acted by Annette Bening.This Woman was so Over The Top that you find yourself sympathetic to this Murderous

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