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Handsome Harry (2009)

R | | Drama | 6 December 2010 (USA)
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An ex-Navy man carrying out the last wish of a dying shipmate renews contact with old friends to break the code of silence around a mysterious, long-buried crime.


Bette Gordon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamey Sheridan ... Harry Sweeney
Steve Buscemi ... Thomas Kelley
Mariann Mayberry ... Judy Rheems
Aidan Quinn ... Prof. Porter
John Savage ... Peter Rheems
Campbell Scott ... David Kagan
Titus Welliver ... Gebhardt
Karen Young ... Muriel
Jayne Atkinson ... Kelley's Wife
Bill Sage ... Pauley
Emily Donahoe ... Kelley's Daughter
Asher Grodman ... Bobby Sweeney
Andrew Dolan ... Sam
Rutanya Alda ... Mrs. Schroeder
Kevin Reed Kevin Reed ... Young Kagan


They call him "Handsome" Harry Sweeney. At 52, the Vietnam veteran has kept his rugged good looks. Everyone likes Harry, an electrician by trade who loves to sing but for some reason he never lets anyone get too close. He's been divorced for a long time, has a son whom he rarely sees, and, although he's engaged in a long-term flirtation with the waitress at the diner, seems destined to remain alone. One day, Harry gets a call from a former Navy buddy, Tom Kelly, whom he hasn't seen in some thirty years. On his deathbed and terrified of going to Hell, Kelly convinces Harry to seek forgiveness on his behalf from a comrade they betrayed long ago, David Kagan. At first, Harry wants nothing to do with Kelly, Kagan or the remnants of his murky past. But guilt and memories have a mysterious grasp on Harry, and he finally relents, driving down the East Coast to call on his old comrades. As he confronts the three other men involved in a long-ago crime, he observes how each man has dealt with ... Written by Worldview Entertainment

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Can we ever change the past?



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 December 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sármos Harry See more »

Filming Locations:

Cornwall, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,562, 18 April 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,878, 25 April 2010
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


William Porter, a university professor of philosophy, mispronounces the name of Anaxagoras, a major early Greek philosopher and astronomer. See more »

Crazy Credits

Thanks to "Lewis Cole May 25, 1946 - October 10, 2008." Dr. Cole was professor and chair at Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program. He died of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly called, "Lou Gehrig's disease") at age 62. He was highly influential in film and made a profound impact on his students. He was survived by his wife, Valerie, children, and grandchildren. See more »

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Sensitive Retelling of Former Navy Buddies
6 October 2017 | by randyruss72See all my reviews

The reviews here are splendid, articulate, fair and respectful. I simply wanted to add how, at the close of the film, clever the screenwriter broadened the flashbacks to the young Kagan and the young Sweeney. We know there's a shower encounter that causes Kagan to be outed as gay but we are made curious by how Sweeney is involved and how the film shows more and more details about Sweeney as if his own memory is allowing the truth to become conscious. I thought it especially heart- wrenching when we see the young Kagan and young Sweeney playing a duet at Kagan's grand piano in his elegant home. I had not heard of this film and was merely browsing YouTube. I chose it from its title without noting it was a full movie. I could not stop watching.

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