Harrison's Flowers

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Overview

French director Elie Chouraqui adapts the novel of the same name into this drama, that, although set in 1991, became tragically topical in the weeks before its release due to the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Andie MacDowell stars as Sarah, a photo editor for Newsweek and the happily married wife of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Harrison Lloyd (David Strathairn). Harrison has been reconsidering his career of covering the world's war zone "hot spots" in order to spend more time with...
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Overview

French director Elie Chouraqui adapts the novel of the same name into this drama, that, although set in 1991, became tragically topical in the weeks before its release due to the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Andie MacDowell stars as Sarah, a photo editor for Newsweek and the happily married wife of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Harrison Lloyd (David Strathairn). Harrison has been reconsidering his career of covering the world's war zone "hot spots" in order to spend more time with his family, and is accused by his colleague, Kyle (Adrien Brody), of playing it too safe in his risky profession. Harrison elects to accept one more combat assignment to cover the simmering tensions in Croatia, a conflict that quickly erupts into a full-scale, genocidal Civil War. Informed that Harrison is believed to have been killed in the fighting, Sarah refuses to accept her husband's death and becomes convinced that she's seen him, alive, in a news broadcast. She travels to Croatia on a quest to find him, and is eventually aided by Kyle, as well as two of Harrison's other colleagues, Yeager (Elias Koteas) and Stevenson (Brendan Gleeson). The group, armed with cameras instead of weapons, witnesses the horrors and atrocities unfolding in the region, while tracing the elusive path of Harrison, who may well be dead already. Harrison's Flowers was distributed by Universal Focus, the art house division of Universal Pictures that previously released Mulholland Drive (2001) and Billy Elliott (2000).
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Special Features

16x9 widescreen; English Dolby Monaural audio; English and Spanish subtitles; English closed captioned
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2007
  • UPC: 031398214069
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 2:02:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,270

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andie MacDowell Sarah Lloyd
David Strathairn Harrison Lloyd
Elias Koteas Yeager Pollack
Adrien Brody Kyle Morris
Brendan Gleeson Marc Stevenson
Alun Armstrong Samuel Brubeck
Caroline Goodall Johanna Pollack
Diane Baker Mary Francis
Gerard Butler Chris Kumac
Marie Trintignant Cathy
Christian Charmettant Jeff
Scott Michael Anton Cesar Lloyd
Dragan Antonic Chetnik
Marie-Beatrice Bernert Austrian Woman
Predrag Bjelac Doctor in Vukovar
Antony Boehm Freddy
Christopher Clarke David
Kurt Cramer CNN Journalist
Nicole Estabrooks Journalist 4
Simon Francis Layout Technician
Milan Gargula Katzman
Rich Gold Journalist 1
Bela Grushka Nina Portnoy
Jessica Horvathova HTV Interviewer
Amy Huck Cybil
Corey Johnson Peter Francis
Joel Kirby Michael
Rianne Kooiman Newsweek Journalist
Liliana Krstic Old Woman
Gregory Linington Journalist 2
Mirko Medenica Croatian Officer
Deborah Michaels Journalist 3
Slobodan Milovanovic Base Commander
Sasa Nikolitch Chtiomac
Zivko Petrov Nustar Peasant
Dragan Radivojevic Sniper
Michael Rogers Canadian Cameraman
Quinn Shepherd Margaux Lloyd
Bruce Solomon Rabbi
Joel Sugarman Nelson
Dale Wyatt Mistress of Ceremony
Technical Credits
Elie Chouraqui Director, Camera Operator, Producer, Screenwriter
Ailo Auguste Editor
Lucas Bielan Camera Operator
Giantito Burchiellaro Production Designer
Albert Cohen Producer
Yves Debay Consultant/advisor
Cliff Eidelman Score Composer
Stefano Falivene Camera Operator
Petr Hartl Asst. Director
Jessica Horvathova Casting
Eliane Lacroux Production Manager
Mimi Lempicka Costumes/Costume Designer
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Ondrej Nerud Production Manager
Lucie Pascu Asst. Director
Didier Le Pêcheur Screenwriter
Nicola Pecorini Cinematographer
Cathy Sandrich Casting
Guillaume Sciama Sound/Sound Designer
Lucinda Syson Casting
Sandra Terryn Casting
Pavel Typolt Asst. Director
Matthias Weber Asst. Director
Jacques Witta Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Harrison's Flowers
1. Opening Credits [8:03]
2. Getting Ready [8:47]
3. New Assignment [7:36]
4. Mounting Fear [16:31]
5. Search [12:38]
6. Shelling [7:53]
7. Hope and Despair [18:56]
8. Casualties [7:32]
9. Onward [7:41]
10. Streets of Vukovar [7:41]
11. The Hospital [12:47]
12. End Credits [5:06]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A MASTERPIECE! EASILY ONE OF THE BEST WAR DRAMAS IN THE LAST 20 YEARS

    This film belongs up there with the likes of other great war films. The fact that it received so little publicity due to the climate surrounding it was a shame because this is a great film regardless of when it was released. The strong undertones of love and courage easily makes the film compelling and the realistic war images convey the desperate nature of the film. Although it will be overlooked, this is Adrien Brody's best film next to the Pianist. Andie McDowell is fearless and shows her versatility and ability to carry a strong character. Harrison's Flowers is a thought provoking triumph that makes you care about situations that we probably would normally shun our eye to. A BEAUTIFUL MOVIE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brutal, Honest and Redemptive

    For those cynics who thought Andie MacDowell was a light-weight semi-talented actress, think again. This thought-provoking story illustrates the grisly underbelly of the Bosnian conflict that most Americans didn't care enough to learn more about. MacDowell's character is plunged into this scenario when her photojournalist husband vanishes. She has been told he is dead. But, loving him as deeply as she does, the character thrusts herself into this foreign place convinced that if her husband were dead, she would instinctively feel a void. The void is missing; her quest has begun. MacDowell is admirable and brave in the face of war's vulgarity, but she also eloquently displays her shock at the inhumanity of the circumstances. Sarah, the character, would have inevitably met her demise if it weren't for the supporting characters in the drama who, eventually are bound to help even though they all believe she should go back to America. Adrien Brody is extremely effective in his ''pre-Pianist'' supporting role who peers through his own cynicism to recognize the love MacDowell's character has for her missing husband, Harrison. The flowers metioned in the title bring the story full circle. Although I am not a war movie fan, the performances and the urgency of the film's material are more than worth a look. That said, there are some very disturbing and dehumanizing head-on observations with brutal war imagery. Don't be diswayed. The beauty of the film lies in the fact that love, courage and hope can permeate even the most desperate of places. This movie is based on true events that occurred before the Danny Pearl incident. It also makes a statement that a movie company would not want to profit on the unfortunate events and withheld the release of the DVD. I would highly recommend it.

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