• Deconstructing Harry (1997)

Deconstructing Harry

Release Date: December 12th, 1997

DVD Release Date: May 27th, 1998

R |1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary

Novelist Harry Block (Woody Allen) has become a success by turning his family and friends' lives into fodder for his books. Due to his novels' popularity, the university that once kicked Harry out has asked him to return for a ceremony that will honor him. As Harry sets out for the trip, he is confronted by his fictional characters, as well as real people who no longer want anything to do with him, and he learns how deeply his overly candid stories have affected those around him.

Cast: Caroline Aaron, Woody Allen, Kirstie Alley, Bob Balaban, Richard Benjamin, Eric Bogosian, Billy Crystal, Judy Davis

Director: Woody Allen

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Sweetland Films, Jean Doumanian Productions

Distributors: New Line Cinema, Fine Line Features

Keywords: Prison, Best friend, Quest, 1990s, Rivalry, New York City, Girlfriend, Pursuit, Son

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Ruthe SteinSan Francisco Chronicle

    Woody Allen's strongest and most mordantly funny movie in years, even if it is also his bleakest. show more

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    It's a movie of moments, some of which are side-splittingly funny. Arguably, this is the most uproarious comedy that Allen has ever done. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This is in many ways his most revealing film, his most painful, and if it also contains more than his usual quotient of big laughs, what was it the man said? "We laugh, that we may not cry." show more

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