Review: ‘Harry and Walter Go to New York’

Harry and Walter Go to New York is an alleged period comedy [from a story by Don Devlin and John Byrum] about two carnival types who get involved with a bigtime safecracker plus the femme leader of a radical movement. James Caan, Elliott Gould, Michael Caine and Diane Keaton are the respective stars in this two-hour embarrassment.

Harry and Walter Go to New York is an alleged period comedy [from a story by Don Devlin and John Byrum] about two carnival types who get involved with a bigtime safecracker plus the femme leader of a radical movement. James Caan, Elliott Gould, Michael Caine and Diane Keaton are the respective stars in this two-hour embarrassment.

Busted for a carny ripoff, Caan and Gould are sent to prison where high-class, urbane Caine is doing time for bank robbery, but living so well that Keaton, repping an underground paper, interviews Caine for a big expose.

The principals’ paths intertwine through miles and miles of forced comedic footage, a climactic bank heist, plus all manner of running and jumping and screaming and hollering.

Harry and Walter Go to New York

Production

Columbia. Dir Mark Rydell; Producer Don Devlin, Harry Gittes; Screenplay John Byrum, Robert Kaufman; Camera Laszlo Kovacs; Editor Fredric Steinkamp, David Bretherton, Don Guidice; Music David Shire Art Dir Harry Horner

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 120 MIN.

With

James Caan Elliott Gould Michael Caine Diane Keaton Charles Durning Lesley Ann Warren
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