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Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?
     

Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?

Director: Ulu Grosbard

Cast: Sidney Armus, Candice Azzara, Susan Bell

 

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Georgie Soloway (Dustin Hoffman) is an unbelievably successful composer of popular music. Just in the last year, he has written over 60 hit songs. That kind of output worries him, however. Now that he is getting to be middle-aged, he wonders if he will be able to keep the pace he has set. He also has a rich crop of neuroses, and his worries go way beyond what might

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Georgie Soloway (Dustin Hoffman) is an unbelievably successful composer of popular music. Just in the last year, he has written over 60 hit songs. That kind of output worries him, however. Now that he is getting to be middle-aged, he wonders if he will be able to keep the pace he has set. He also has a rich crop of neuroses, and his worries go way beyond what might seem reasonable. For instance, Georgie believes that someone named Harry Kellerman sabotaged each of his previous relationships, and he is worried about his current one with Alison (Barbara Harris), a singer. He seeks the aid of his psychiatrist (Jack Warden) but gets little satisfaction. He then tries to get comfort from his business associates (Dom De Luise and Gabriel Dell), but they don't have a clue about how to help him. Turning to home, he visits his mother (Betty Walker) and father (David Burns) but is further distressed when he learns that his father is dying. Still highly agitated, he takes to the air in his private jet.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
"Give me an overdose of anything," Dustin Hoffman says in Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?, and that, more or less, sums up an audience's reaction to this uneven, but fitfully, fascinating film. The movie keeps promising to take the audience to an interesting, unusual level, but never follows through on its promises, frustrating one into wishing that the director and writer had chosen one path to take and followed it through. The attempts to mix reality and fantasy just don't work, although there are some individually satisfying sequences. The writers provide some juicy lines here and there and the framework of an interesting character study, but they don't flesh it out enough to make it worthwhile. Hoffman's performance is technically assured though sometimes self-conscious and overly mannered, but he makes the most of his big scenes. There's also solid support from Jack Warden, Gabriel Dell, and David Burns, but by far the best performance comes from the mesmerizing Barbara Harris, whose audition scene is priceless. A quirky, unique actress, Harris almost always enlivens any film in which she appears; her touching yet hilarious vulnerability provides a much-needed anchor for Kellerman.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/28/2014
UPC:
0097368056145
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
41,874

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sidney Armus Marvin
Candice Azzara Sally
Susan Bell Sky Phone Operator
Rudy Bond Newsdealer
David Burns Leon
Gabriel Dell Sid
Dustin Hoffman Georgie Soloway
Jack Warden Dr. Moses
Barbara Harris Allison
Josip Elic Chomsky
Martin Greene Uncle Louis
James Hall Lemuel
Amy Levitt Susan
Robyn Millan Samantha
Joseph R. Sicari Marty
Shel Silverstein Bernie
Betty Walker Margot
Dom DeLuise Irwin
Irwin Georgie's accountant
Ed Zimmermann Holloran
Rose Gregorio Gloria Soloway
Regina Baff Ruthie Tresh

Technical Credits
Ulu Grosbard Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Fred Caruso Producer
Dick Smith Makeup Special Effects
Herb Gardner Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Harry Horner Production Designer
Jack C. Jacobsen Sound/Sound Designer
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Barry Malkin Editor
Leif Pedersen Set Decoration/Design
Peter R. Scoppa Asst. Director
Shel Silverstein Score Composer,Songwriter
Richard Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?
1. Chapter 1 [10:58]
2. Chapter 2 [9:49]
3. Chapter 3 [7:43]
4. Chapter 4 [16:30]
5. Chapter 5 [8:56]
6. Chapter 6 [7:02]
7. Chapter 7 [10:13]
8. Chapter 8 [11:48]
9. Chapter 9 [5:47]
10. Chapter 10 [6:32]
11. Chapter 11 [10:28]
12. Chapter 12 [2:01]

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