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The Plot Against Harry (1989)




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A Jewish gangster leaves prison only to find New York life has changed a great deal while he was behind bars. But when tries to go straight, he only succeeds in making matters worse.


Martin Priest
as Harry Plotnick
Stephen Cheng
as Jimmy Hong
Christopher Cross
as Telethon MC
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Critic Reviews for The Plot Against Harry

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Bares unhealed and unspoken wounds of New York Jewish life.

Full Review… | October 6, 2014
New Yorker
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Wickedly funny and observant slice of life NYC gangster pic, that's decidedly Jewish, quirky and anarchistic.

Full Review… | April 2, 2012
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Audience Reviews for The Plot Against Harry

The Plot against Harry is hilarious and often poignant. It was shot in 1969 but was held up because of a lack of completion funding. B&w pic is a sociological fossil of manners, mores and life in the 1960s.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

A slice of life film along the lines of movies like "Shadows", "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie", and "Killer of Sheep". The story is fairly loosely structured, though with a more clear beginning, middle, and end then the aforementioned movies. It really hinges on the performance of Martin Priest as Harry, a Sad Sack of a second-tier Jewish mobster, who slowly and mostly accidentally ingratiates himself back into the life of his estranged family. It's really Priest's performance that makes this so enjoyable. His hang-dog "Why me?" expression makes you root for him even though he is a bit of a heel. It's also another great example of the great independent filmmaking of the '60's and '70's that Harry's moment of clarity is a subtle one; in a modern movie, it would probably be accompanied by a swelling score and over-the-top waterworks to make it beyond obvious that we're seeing Harry's redemption, but thankfully here the filmmakers trust the audience to make that discovery on their own. A quick, satisfying watch.

J Dean
J Dean

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