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Let’s Get Harry

Let's Get Harry is a well made but utterly routine action picture, worth catching for two excellent (as usual) support performances by Robert Duvall and Gary Busey. Director Stuart Rosenberg took his name off the credits, reportedly due to a contretemps during post-production (pic was lensed in Mexico and Illinois in 1985).

Let’s Get Harry is a well made but utterly routine action picture, worth catching for two excellent (as usual) support performances by Robert Duvall and Gary Busey. Director Stuart Rosenberg took his name off the credits, reportedly due to a contretemps during post-production (pic was lensed in Mexico and Illinois in 1985).

Project was planned as a film by Samuel Fuller, writing and directing, in 1981; he is credited with co-writing the story [with Mark Feldberg]. It’s the trite concept of a group of young guys, led by Michael Shoeffling, deciding to take matters into their own hands to go to Colombia to rescue Schoeffling’s brother Harry (Mark Harmon), kidnaped along with the US ambassador (Bruce Gray) by terrorists.

Picture follows rigidly the cliches of this mini-genre, such as the old hand mercenary (Robert Duvall) who takes the youngsters under his wing. There’s even a totally illogical female role written in, played by Elpidia Carrillo, who is cast in virtually every south-of-the-border Hollywood opus.

Film is redeemed somewhat by Duvall, as a gung-ho medal-of-honor winner. Busey is also delightful as a smooth-talking car dealer who agrees to bankroll the mission if he can come along for a ‘hunting trip.’

Let’s Get Harry

  • Production: Tri-Star/Delphi IV & V. Director Alan Smithee [= Stuart Rosenberg]; Producer Daniel H. Blatt, Robert Singer; Screenplay Charles Robert Carner; Camera James A. Contner; Editor Ralph E. Winters, Rick R. Sparr; Music Brad Fiedel; Art Director Mort Rabinowitz, Agustin Ituarte
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 107 MIN.
  • With: Michael Schoeffling Tom Wilson Glenn Frey Gary Busey Robert Duvall Ben Johnson
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