|HANDSOME HARRY (director: Bette Gordon; screenwriter: Nicholas T. Proferes; cinematographer: Nigel Bluck; editor: Keiko Deguchi; music: Anton Sanko; cast: Jamey Sheridan (Harry Sweeny), Karen Young (Muriel), Steve Buscemi (Tom Kelly), Aidan Quinn (Prof. Porter), Campbell Scott (Dave Kagan), Titus Welliver (Gephardt), Karen Young (Muriel), John Savage (Peter Rheems); Runtime: 94; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Jamey Sheridan/Jamin O'Brien/Eric Warren Goldman/Marilyn Haft; Screen Media Ventures; 2009)|
didactic guy's film about the fear of being
gay if one
doesn't act manly."
by Dennis Schwartz
filmmaker Bette Gordon ("Luminous
Motion"/"Blank City"/"Variety") helms this
angst-ridden didactic guy's film about the fear of
being gay if one doesn't act manly, and how some
Vietnam War vets are years later still fueled by their
macho attitude toward manhood. Writer Nicholas
T. Proferes follows up on Gordon's second film, "Luminous
Motion" (2000), telling how one must accept the
inevitability of change. This is a poignant film about
story revolves around the title character, the
52-year-old divorced Harry (Jamey Sheridan).
The loner small-town resident is a successful
electrician, who is estranged from his son. Things
take a drastic turn for Harry when receiving a
deathbed call from Tommy (Steve Buscemi).
The desperate caller, fearful of purgatory, wants
forgiveness over an incident taking place when Harry
and him were part of a group of Navy electricians
during the Vietnam War. When the group observed David
(Campbell Scott) making a pass at Harry
in the shower, they gave him a beating. Tommy pleas
with Harry to track down David and the disparate group
members who beat him and to apologize for the group to
David for the incident that occurred 32 years ago.
What happens is that Harry must face again what is the
truth about that incident.
REVIEWED ON 10/22/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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