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Harvey (1996)

An unlikely hero, Elwood P. Dowd. This mild-mannered-but-eccentric bachelor has, for several years, happily kept company with Harvey, a six-foot-tall rabbit that only he can see. All's well... See full summary »

Director:

George Schaefer

Writers:

Mary Chase (play), Joseph Dougherty (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Anderson ... Elwood P. Dowd
Leslie Nielsen ... Dr. Chumley
Swoosie Kurtz ... Veta Simmons
Jonathan Banks ... C.J. Lofgren, cab driver
Jessica Hecht ... Miss Ruth Kelly
William Schallert ... Judge Gaffney
Lisa Akey Lisa Akey ... Myrtle Mae Simmons
Jim O'Heir ... Duane Wilson
Robert Wisden ... Dr. Sanderson
Lynda Boyd ... Mrs. Chumley
Alex Ferguson Alex Ferguson ... Zabladowski
Sheila Moore ... Mrs. Chauvenet
Sheelah Megill Sheelah Megill ... Miss Tewksbury
Robin Kelly Robin Kelly ... Mrs. Greenwalt
Ingrid Tesch ... Girl Reporter
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An unlikely hero, Elwood P. Dowd. This mild-mannered-but-eccentric bachelor has, for several years, happily kept company with Harvey, a six-foot-tall rabbit that only he can see. All's well until Elwood's social-climbing sister, Veta, and her teenage daughter, Myrtle Mae, come to live with him and fear his odd behavior will undermine their ambitions. When Elwood disrupts the ladies' first afternoon tea party by introducing wealthy Aunt Ethel Chauvenet to Harvey, Veta sees that something must be done right away. She takes compliant Elwood to the Chumley Rest Home, leaving him in the car while she tells a Dr. Sanderson all about Elwood and Harvey. Sanderson concludes that Veta is the psychotic one and has her carted off to be committed. Meanwhile Elwood is treated with respect and dignity in light of his sister's mental state. When Dr. Chumley, head of the rest home, returns and hears of the case, he draws the opposite conclusion-that Elwood in fact hallucinates. After firing Sanderson ... Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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The original Broadway production of "Harvey" by Mary Chase opened on November 1, 1944 at the 48th Street Theater, ran for 1775 performances and won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1945. See more »

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not a patch on the original
23 March 2007 | by damienstoneSee all my reviews

I was blessedly unaware of this version of the film until today. I am a great lover of the original starring James Stewart, and was today flicking through the TV channels when I came across this remake.

I cannot understand why the film was remade, especially with no real changes, just another cast and filmed in colour. The actor playing Elwood has none of the innocence and charm of James Stewart's portrayal and as far as I can tell is just trying to impersonate Stewart and failing terribly. The ultimate result is farcical, where the original is heart warming. The only scene that has any connection to the original is the taxi driver's speech towards the end, which verges on the magic of the original.

Leslie Neilsen gives a dreadful unconvincing hammy turn as the doctor, and the other actors are similar pantomime-esquire when compared to the 1950 version. If you have not seen the original I urge you not to watch this dreadful imitation first and see the real thing.

Pointless and an insult to the genius of the original.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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