The Plot Against Harry

The Plot against Harry is hilarious and often poignant. It was shot in 1969 but was held up because of a lack of completion funding. B&w pic is a sociological fossil of manners, mores and life in the 1960s.

With:
Martin Priest Ben Lang Henry Nemo

The Plot against Harry is hilarious and often poignant. It was shot in 1969 but was held up because of a lack of completion funding. B&w pic is a sociological fossil of manners, mores and life in the 1960s.

Harry Plotnick (Martin Priest), a smalltime Jewish numbers racketeer, gets released from prison and expects to pick up the gambling circuit he ran in his old neighborhood. His loyal schlemiel assistant/chauffeur Max, in cruising through his old turf in Manhattan, makes him realize the world has changed, and blacks and Hispanics now have dibs on his area.

In a farcical accident, Harry hits the rear end of a car carrying his ex-wife Kay and his ex-brother-in-law Leo and wife. Without missing a beat, Kay introduces Harry to the daughter he never saw, Margie (now pregnant), and her husband Mel, in an almost touching encounter.

As the story unfolds, Harry is faced with a new world and the gnawing lures of the solid middle-class family life that he’s always eschewed.

The Plotnick family is boisterous, upfront, multilayered and Jewish in a way that Philip Roth would savor parodying. The cast is uniformly solid, delivering their sparklingly crisp dialog straight.

The Plot Against Harry

Production: King Screen. Director Michael Roemer; Producer Robert Young, Michael Roemer; Screenplay Michael Roemer; Camera Robert Young; Editor Terry Lewis, Georges Klotz; Music Frank Lewin; Art Director Howard Mandel

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 80 MIN.

With: Martin Priest Ben Lang Henry Nemo

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