Harry & Son (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes

Harry & Son (1984)




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Paul Newman directed and stars as a blue-collar widower at odds with his son (Robby Benson). Katie: Ellen Barkin. Tom: Wilford Brimley. Sally: Judith Ivey. Raymond: Ossie Davis. Siemanowski: Morgan Freeman. Newman also co-scripted.

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Ossie Davis
as Raymond
Morgan Freeman
as Siemanowski
Maury Chaykin
as Lawrence
Cathy Cahill
as Waitress
Joseph Alva
as Young Man
Joe Sikorra
as Young Man
Don Moody
as 1st Construction Worker
Leroy Dukes
as 2nd Construction Worker
Joseph C. Hess
as 1st Worker
Harold Bergman
as Night Watchman
Al Nesor
as Taxi Driver
Jill Selkowitz
as 1st Factory Girl
Patricia A. Frye
as 2nd Factory Girl
Dennis W. Edwards
as Iron Construction Worker
Jan Siegel
as Woman Driver
Suzanne M. Brierley
as Beauty Parlor Woman
Terry Miller
as Surplus Clerk
Mark Anthony Wade
as Delivery Man
George Warren
as Superintendent
Fred M. Wilkins
as Concrete-Mixer Operator
Bunny Yeager
as Marina the Bar Waitress
Gilberto Costa Nunes
as Spanish Parrot
Jeffrey Finn
as Motorcyclist
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Critic Reviews for Harry & Son

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Fuzzily conceived and indecisively executed, Harry & Son represents a deeply disappointing return to the director's chair for Paul Newman.

June 17, 2008 | Full Review…

The movie might have worked if it had been a satire of those awful made-for-TV Family Problem Movies. Unfortunately, it does not seem to know it is funny.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

A decently intentioned but rather drab mess of a movie.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Without having big ambitions, Harry & Son manages to be charming because of its modesty and good quality. [Full Review in Spanish]

February 7, 2020 | Full Review…

It is a film that reunites some superb moments, and all of them come from the excellent acting work, of an incredible naturalness guided by Newman's direction. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 27, 2019 | Full Review…

The film is definitely overlong, bordering on the dull.

June 17, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Harry & Son


The narrative line of the script is scattered and seems to pick up ideas and problems and then drop them without resolution to tackle some other tangential issue. The issues all pertain to the relationship between the father and son but it would have been better to focus more on their interaction and less on exterior forces. Benson tries in the lead but just isn't that strong of a screen presence especially when competing with Newman's star power. The rest of the cast is certainly talented even if what they're handed character wise is diffuse and it's interesting to see some like Freeman and Barkin who went on to long careers just starting out. Not a bad film but very average.

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