Harry & Son (1984)

PG | 117 mins | Drama | 2 March 1984

Cinematographer:

Don McAlpine

Editor:

Dede Allen

Production Designer:

Henry Bumstead

Production Company:

Sumsuch Corporation
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HISTORY

       A 14 Feb 1983 Var news brief mentioned actress Leslie Ackerman was cast in the film, but she is not credited onscreen. A 20 Feb 1983 LAHExam article reported the difficulty the producers had finding a parrot that could sing and speak in Spanish. Editing room assistant Gilberto Costa Nunes and Jack Kassewitz are credited as “Spanish parrot” and “Parrot,” respectively.
       Var production charts on 6 Apr 1983 stated that principal photography began 15 Feb 1983 in Florida, and a 5 May 1983 HR brief announced production was completed in early May 1983. The 1 Sep 1983 DV reported that producer-director-star Paul Newman later reshot the film’s final beach scene at Leo Carillo Beach in Malibu, CA, because he wanted the sun to set behind actors Robby Benson and Ellen Barkin. A 6 Mar 1984 LAHExam news item stated the film had a $9.5 million budget, and opened with a disappointing $3,654 per screen box office average.
       According to a 12 Dec 1983 HR brief the film received a PG-rating from the Classification and Rating Appeal Board after initially getting an R-rating.
       The 2 Mar 1984 NYT review called the film “a big-screen blow-up of the sort of ‘I love you, Pop,’ television play that littered the small screen twenty-five years ago.”
      End credits include the following statements: “Filmed on location in Broward County, Florida,” and “Pan Am is pleased to have been of assistance on this ... More Less

       A 14 Feb 1983 Var news brief mentioned actress Leslie Ackerman was cast in the film, but she is not credited onscreen. A 20 Feb 1983 LAHExam article reported the difficulty the producers had finding a parrot that could sing and speak in Spanish. Editing room assistant Gilberto Costa Nunes and Jack Kassewitz are credited as “Spanish parrot” and “Parrot,” respectively.
       Var production charts on 6 Apr 1983 stated that principal photography began 15 Feb 1983 in Florida, and a 5 May 1983 HR brief announced production was completed in early May 1983. The 1 Sep 1983 DV reported that producer-director-star Paul Newman later reshot the film’s final beach scene at Leo Carillo Beach in Malibu, CA, because he wanted the sun to set behind actors Robby Benson and Ellen Barkin. A 6 Mar 1984 LAHExam news item stated the film had a $9.5 million budget, and opened with a disappointing $3,654 per screen box office average.
       According to a 12 Dec 1983 HR brief the film received a PG-rating from the Classification and Rating Appeal Board after initially getting an R-rating.
       The 2 Mar 1984 NYT review called the film “a big-screen blow-up of the sort of ‘I love you, Pop,’ television play that littered the small screen twenty-five years ago.”
      End credits include the following statements: “Filmed on location in Broward County, Florida,” and “Pan Am is pleased to have been of assistance on this film.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
1 Sep 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
5 May 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Dec 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
1 Mar 1984
p. 4.
LAHExam
20 Feb 1983.
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LAHExam
6 Mar 1984.
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Los Angeles Times
2 Mar 1984
p. 13.
New York Times
2 Mar 1984
p. 12.
Variety
14 Feb 1983.
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Variety
6 Apr 1983.
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Variety
29 Feb 1984
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An Orion Pictures Release
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
Dir, 2d unit
Asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Screen story and scr
Screen story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Still photog
Best boy
Key grip
2d grip
Dolly grip
Company grip
Company grip
Company grip
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
Asst cam, 2d unit
Gaffer, 2d unit
Film loader, 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Assoc film ed
1st asst film ed
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Ed room asst
Ed room asst
Ed room asst
Ed room asst
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Leadman/Dresser
Leadman/Dresser
Prop master
Asst prop
Greensman
Const coord
Const foreman
Paint foreman
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Scenic artist
Painter
MUSIC
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Sd mixer
Boom man
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
ADR asst
ADR asst
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Title des & spec opt eff by
New York City
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Prod controller
Prod coord
Unit pub
Craftserviceman
2d craftserviceman
Company nurse
Loc mgr
Prod asst
Traffic controller
F.L.P.D. representative
Asst controller
Asst to Mr. Newman
Asst to prod
Prod office secy
Florida state observer
Florida state observer
Transportation coord
Driver co-capt
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Post prod supv
Post prod auditor
Post prod asst
Prod equip from
Miami, Florida
Loc catering by
Dania, Florida
Atmosphere casting by
of The Casting Director, Miami, Florida
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt driver
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
Technicolor dailies consultant
SOURCES
LITERARY
Suggested by the novel A Lost King by Raymond DeCapite (New York, 1961).
DETAILS
Release Date:
2 March 1984
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 2 March 1984
Production Date:
6 April––early May 1983 in Broward County, FL, and Malibu, CA
Copyright Claimant:
Orion Pictures Corporation
Copyright Date:
14 May 1984
Copyright Number:
PA214452
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Prints
Prints by DeLuxe®
Duration(in mins):
117
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27160
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Widower and crane operator Harry Keach demolishes buildings in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, while his son Howard spends his days detailing cars and surfing. One day, as Harry bowls with friends, he experiences blurred vision and a severe headache, and is unable to finish his game. Although, Howard aspires to be a writer, Harry wants him to focus on a more stable career. It has been two years since Harry’s wife died, and Howard encourages his reluctant father to start dating. Soon after, Harry has a flash of blindness while operating the crane and nearly kills a co-worker. He confesses his symptoms to his supervisor and is pulled off the job. Rather than accept a desk job or work security, Harry is fired. Failing to find a construction job, he visits his brother, Tom, at his military supply store. Tom invites his brother to join him in the business, but Harry is not interested and walks out. Howard asks his hairdresser sister, Nina, to come by the house, but she declines, since Harry does not like her insurance salesman husband, Andy. In the neighborhood, Howard glimpses Katie, his high school girl friend, now pregnant with another man’s child. That night, Harry has had enough of Howard’s dreams and orders him to get a job with a future. The following day, a client of Howard’s named Sally notices him looking at the classifieds section of the newspaper. She invites him to her office, where she offers him a job, then seduces him. Meanwhile, Harry’s neighbor and Katie's mother, pet store owner Lilly Wilowski, urges him to end his mourning and move on with his life. Harry responds with sarcasm and mocks ... +


Widower and crane operator Harry Keach demolishes buildings in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, while his son Howard spends his days detailing cars and surfing. One day, as Harry bowls with friends, he experiences blurred vision and a severe headache, and is unable to finish his game. Although, Howard aspires to be a writer, Harry wants him to focus on a more stable career. It has been two years since Harry’s wife died, and Howard encourages his reluctant father to start dating. Soon after, Harry has a flash of blindness while operating the crane and nearly kills a co-worker. He confesses his symptoms to his supervisor and is pulled off the job. Rather than accept a desk job or work security, Harry is fired. Failing to find a construction job, he visits his brother, Tom, at his military supply store. Tom invites his brother to join him in the business, but Harry is not interested and walks out. Howard asks his hairdresser sister, Nina, to come by the house, but she declines, since Harry does not like her insurance salesman husband, Andy. In the neighborhood, Howard glimpses Katie, his high school girl friend, now pregnant with another man’s child. That night, Harry has had enough of Howard’s dreams and orders him to get a job with a future. The following day, a client of Howard’s named Sally notices him looking at the classifieds section of the newspaper. She invites him to her office, where she offers him a job, then seduces him. Meanwhile, Harry’s neighbor and Katie's mother, pet store owner Lilly Wilowski, urges him to end his mourning and move on with his life. Harry responds with sarcasm and mocks Lilly’s practice of phrenology. Elsewhere, Howard arrives at his new job dressed in coat-and-tie, thinking he has been hired to be a writer, but discovers it is factory work making cardboard boxes. Siemanowski, the foreman, trains him, then criticizes his attitude of entitlement. Howard intentionally overloads the machinery and is fired. Later, Harry apologizes to Lilly for his behavior toward her and returns home and to find Howard, whom he immediately berates for not seizing the opportunity to do "real work." That night, Howard seeks out Katie and confronts her about their breakup. He wants to know why she made love with other boys. Katie apologizes, and admits she does not know the identity of the father of her baby. They agree to give the relationship another try. Harry and Tom take Howard deep-sea fishing and ask the young man to work at Tom’s store, but Howard rejects the idea. That night, Howard starts a new job as a repossession agent. His boss, Lawrence, takes him to repossess a truck from a man named Raymond. Raymond angrily confronts Howard, and Lawrence flees. When Raymond calms down, he tells Howard to take the truck, and invites him in for a beer. As Raymond shares the story of losing his job, he changes his mind and decides to hide the truck in a used car lot. Howard realizes he is not cut out to be a “repo man,” and Raymond asks him for a job referral with the repossession agency. Meanwhile, an intoxicated Harry returns to his former job and begins demolishing a building. The night watchman arranges to have police take Harry home. In the morning, Harry is angered that Howard failed at another job. Harry’s daughter Nina, her husband, Andy, and their baby daughter visit, but Harry insults Andy. Howard calls for a truce, and Nina asks Harry if she can have her mother’s set of china. Harry agrees, but soaks the bottom of the box with water, causing the china to crash to the floor when Andy lifts it. Angry, Nina leaves, but returns because she left her keys behind. Howard sabotages the cleanup and Nina thinks it is hilarious when the box breaks again. Afterward, Harry has chest pains and a doctor confirms a coronary irregularity. When Howard relates his father’s other symptoms, the doctor orders him to get Harry to his office as soon as possible. The following day, Katie reads Howard’s latest story, which focuses on his complex relationship with Harry. Raymond joins them for brunch and shares that he is now a successful repossession agent. Later, Howard buys Harry a new camelhair sport coat for his birthday, and mails his short story to a magazine. Katie goes into labor, but when Howard attempts to call her doctor, she confesses that she does not have one because she did not want to answer a lot of questions. Howard gets them a ride to the nearest hospital, but they are refused admittance because they lack money and insurance. They take a taxicab across town to the county hospital, and Howard delivers the baby in the backseat of the car. The following day, Howard finds Harry at a bowling alley coffee shop, and exclaims that he wants to marry Katie and have a family. Harry orders his son to move out in hopes it will force him to grow up. Later, Howard visits Katie and the baby, and Katie informs him that she wants to name him Harry, because Howard loves his father so much. Meanwhile, Harry shares his worries with Lilly about Howard marrying Katie, but the concern is not mutual. That night, Howard drops by the house and Harry informs him he received an envelope from a magazine containing a check for $1,500 and a letter thanking him for submitting the story. Surprised, Harry hugs his son, who informs him that Katie named her baby after him. Later, Howard introduces his father to his former client, Sally, and leaves them alone to make love. Sometime later, Howard rents Harry a beach house, and they have a small party with Katie and Lilly. As Harry allows Lilly to examine the bumps on his head, he laments that he has missed a lot of experiences in life and ] suggests they babysit the following night to allow Howard and Katie go to the movies. The next morning, Howard discovers his father dead on the floor of the beach house. He kisses him goodbye and covers Harry with the camelhair sport coat. At the wake, Nina is angry and Andy points out that she and her father were very much alike. Tom confides to Howard that the surplus business lacks romance and tells him to stay committed to his dreams. Lilly states that she and Harry shared a nice moment and she is going to enjoy remembering it. Sometime later, at the beach, Howard regrets that he was not able to give his father everything he wanted him to have, and he and Katie laugh that baby Harry will grow up to be a banker. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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