Deconstructing Harry

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Plot

Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 7.3/10 (20,611 voted)

Critic's Score: 61/100

Director:
Woody Allen

Stars: Woody Allen, Richard Benjamin, Kirstie Alley

Storyline
Harry Block is a well-regarded novelist whose tendency to thinly-veil his own experiences in his work, as well as his un-apologetic attitude and his proclivity for pills and whores, has left him with three ex-wives that hate him. As he is about to be honored for his writing by the college that expelled him, he faces writer's block and the impending marriage of his latest flame to a writer friend. As scenes from his stories and novels pass and interact with him, Harry faces the people whose lives he has affected – wives, lovers, his son, his sister.

Cast:

Woody Allen

Harry Block


Richard Benjamin

Ken
/
Harry's Character


Kirstie Alley

Joan


Billy Crystal

Larry
/
The Devil (Harry's Character)


Judy Davis

Lucy


Bob Balaban

Richard


Elisabeth Shue

Fay


Demi Moore

Helen
/
Harry's Character


Robin Williams

Mel
/
Harry's Character


Caroline Aaron

Doris


Eric Bogosian

Burt


Mariel Hemingway

Beth Kramer


Amy Irving

Jane


Julie Kavner

Grace
/
Harry's Character


Eric Lloyd

Hilly

Taglines:
Harry Block wrote a bestseller about his best friends. Now, his best friends are about to become his worst enemies.



Details

Official Website:
Fine Line Features |

Release Date: 12 December 1997

Filming Locations: Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $356,476
(USA)
(14 December 1997)
(10 Screens)

Gross: $10,569,071
(USA)
(8 March 1998)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

Woody originally wanted Elliott Gould to play his part as Harry Block.

Quotes:

Harry Block:
Look, I was merely explaining to you why my choice of necessity is confined to your practice.



User Review

One of Allen's Best

Rating:

Just as I've found a newfound appreciation for Elvis Costello, I've likewise
opened my heart to Woody Allen (my New Year's resolution: be nicer to nerdy
art-types). I even saw Deconstructing Harry twice, (after which I read a
Woody Allen collection of short pieces and rented both Bananas and
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex). Hey, what can I say – I
thought The Purple Rose Of Cairo might've been a fluke, but I guess I'm just
a Woody Allen fan now.

Deconstructing Harry is laugh-out-loud funny, tracing the steps of Harry
Block, a neurotic, foul-mouthed, Jewish, self-hating, pill-popping,
womanizing alcoholic (three wives and six therapists later) that oddly
enough, resembles Woody Allen and his own life (give or take a few things).
Block has (giggle) writer's block, and can't write about his life. As a
result, he becomes `unfocused,' entangling himself in fact and fiction (i.e.
he interacts with his own characters). `You expect the world to adjust to
the distortion you've become,' Harry's analyst tells him. What follows is a
series of skits that interact with the past and present and the real and
imagined – it's kind of like watching a Kurt Vonnegut story edited by
Quentin Tarentino.

The all-star cast is phenomenal: Robin Williams is hilarious, Kirstie Alley
is hysterically funny, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is super-sexy and Elizabeth Shue
is as sweet as sugar. Billy Crystal even pulls off a good role as the
Devil. But other than the characterization, Woody's new flick is witty,
cold-hearted, extremely vulgar, often tasteless and perfectly profane with
enough catch-lines to keep film buffs cracking for years (`I always keep a
little hooker money around'). Hannah And Her Sisters this
ain't!