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Harry's War (1981)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | March 1981 (USA)
After his aunt dies of a heart attack while fighting the IRS, Harry Johnson decides to take up the cause.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Herrmann ... Harry Johnson
Geraldine Page ... 'Aunt' Beverly
Karen Grassle ... Kathy
David Ogden Stiers ... Ernie
Salome Jens ... Wilda
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Sgt. Billy (as Elisha Cook)
James Ray James Ray ... Commissioner
Douglas Dirkson ... Draper
Jerrold Ziman ... IRS Attorney
James MacKrell James MacKrell ... Newsman (as Jim McKrell)
Noble Willingham ... Major Andrews
Prentiss Rowe Prentiss Rowe ... Sheriff
Vernon Weddle Vernon Weddle ... Ponde
Max Lewin Max Lewin ... Judge
Alan Cherry Alan Cherry ... Agent #1
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Storyline

Harry Johnson's aunt is a rich eccentric with an extensive collection of military memorabilia, who also happens to be in a fight with the IRS. When she dies of a heart attack, Harry blames her death on the IRS and takes up the fight himself. As Harry's cause gains attention and supporters, the 'war' soon escalates into a full-scale seige with Harry right in the center. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Guerra de Harry See more »

Filming Locations:

St. George, Utah, USA

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Mono

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Color
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Commissioner: Taxes are the lifeblood of this nation. Collecting taxes is a thankless job. As officers and agents of the Internal Revenue Service, we are more than just an arm of the government. We are the heart and hands of the United States Treasury. There are, however, an increasing number who willfully disregard their obligation, resist the payment of taxes, and even openly criticize the Internal Revenue Service. Washington, and all of us, are gravely concerned over this growing contempt for...
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trivia: David Ogden Stiers interview
20 April 2001 | by rab42See all my reviews

In the mid-1980s I once saw part of an interview with David Ogden Stiers, who played the IRS agent/director in this great film. He was asked about what his favorite role had been, and I got this idea that the interviewer was expecting him to say something about his character in M*A*S*H. But instead he paused for a second, and said "There was this movie about the IRS, and I was the biggest ep] in the office...." at which point they cut to a commercial.

Unfortunately, I didn't bother to note what program this was, and it's been so many years ago that I'm not even sure I'm recalling everything right. But it was funny enough to remember all this time.

By-the-way, the Harry character gives a pretty good speech about his position near the end of the film -- it's not really all that radical or "anti-government" so much as it is anti-bureaucratic abuse and pro-freedom. Highly recommended, overall.

There are still a few sources (some online) with copies of this movie available -- you just have to look around.


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