Deconstructing Harry (1997) USA
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Director:Woody Allen
Studio:New Line Home Video
Producer:Letty Aronson, Jean Doumanian
Writer:Woody Allen
Date Added:2006-10-18
Awards:Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:English, Spanish, French
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Woody Allen  ...  (Director)
Woody Allen  ...  (Writer)
Caroline Aaron  ...  Doris
Kirstie Alley  ...  Joan
Bob Balaban  ...  Richard
Richard Benjamin  ...  Ken / Harry's Character
Eric Bogosian  ...  Burt
Billy Crystal  ...  Larry / The Devil (Harry's Character)
Judy Davis  ...  Lucy
Dan Frazer  ...  Janet's Dad
Mariel Hemingway  ...  Beth Kramer
Amy Irving  ...  Jane
Julie Kavner  ...  Grace / Harry's Character
Eric Lloyd  ...  Hilly
Julia Louis-Dreyfus  ...  Leslie
Tobey Maguire  ...  Harvey Stern
Demi Moore  ...  Helen / Harry's Character
Stephanie Roth Haberle  ...  Janet (as Stephanie Roth)
Elisabeth Shue  ...  Fay
Stanley Tucci  ...  
Robin Williams  ...  Mel / Harry's Character
Woody Allen  ...  Harry Block
Joel Leffert  ...  Norman
Lynn Cohen  ...  Janet's Mom
Joe Buck  ...  Yankee Announcer (voice)
Jane Hoffman  ...  Grandma
Annette Arnold  ...  Rosalee
Frederick Rolf  ...  Harvey's Doctor
Elisabeth Kieselstein-Cord  ...  Rosalee's Sister
Lortensia Hayes  ...  Jennifer
Comments: Harry Block wrote a bestseller about his best friends. Now, his best friends are about to become his worst enemies.

Summary: Woody Allen roared back at his detractors with Deconstructing Harry, a bitterly funny treatise about the creative process. Known to mine his often tumultuous personal life for his movies, the embattled writer-director-star didn't bother to make his alter ego likable in this movie: Harry Block (Allen) pops pills, frequents prostitutes, and cheats on the women in his life, then writes about their foibles in thinly disguised fiction. No wonder they're all furious with him. As Harry journeys to his alma mater with a hooker, ill pal, and kidnapped son, a series of flashbacks unravel, juxtaposing Harry's relationships with their "slightly exaggerated" fictional counterparts. There are amusing cameos throughout, including a humorous turn by Demi Moore as a fictitious ex-wife who "became Jewish with a vengeance," and Billy Crystal as the devil who found Hollywood too nasty for his liking. The humor is dark and caustic, but well worth it;Deconstructing Harry is a near-brilliant mediation on the sometimes queasy relationship between art, creator, and critic. --Diane Garrett