Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The Wonderful Pulitzer Prize Play... becomes one of the Great Motion Pictures of our Time!
The classic stage hit gets the Hollywood treatment in the story of Elwood P. Dowd who makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only he sees (and a few privileged others on occasion also.) After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, a comedy of errors ensues. Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for a family mending its wounds and for romance blossoming in unexpected places.
I always have a wonderful time, wherever I am, whomever I'm with.
-Elwood P. Dowd
I never considered myself a huge fan of James Stewart, but after watching Harvey I realized I must be. After finishing the film, I was sure this was my favorite Stewart performance. Then after dwelling on it for more then 10 seconds I came back to the realization that Stewart stars in two of my all time favorite films: Rear Window and Vertigo.
In my review of Vertigo I even said that it must be the greatest performance of his career. Even as a wrote that I'm thinking of other great Stewart performances that go against the characteristics most associated with the actor. So to…
James Stewart starts as Elwood P. Dowd, a very peculiar man who befriends an invisible rabbit. The action focuses on the relationship between Harvey and Elwood and how it affects their family and the community around them because everyone thinks he's crazy for talking to an entity that no one sees, a six feet rabbit. Harvey is a film that manages to convey its message to the public in the best way possible. Henry Koster's film is sort of a critique to the perfectly normal human being, it's a film which appeals to the peculiarity and originality, a film which shows that there is no harm in being different, people shouldn't judge those who don't want to live in accordance…
"Miss Kelly, you know, when you wear my flower, you make it beautiful."
First of all, if anybody has suggestions for films that you think I should watch, pop over to my Summer Recommendations list and comment what you recommend. I've been having so much fun watching these films, and I'd love to get more suggestions as I work through them.
Harvey is a film that I have very mixed feelings about. And that, heavily, is because of the first half an hour of the film. Throughout the first half-hour, I debated on whether or not to turn the film off. It drags the…
"I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it."
My two favourite films are Donnie Darko and Rear Window, I just don't understand why anyone thought this film about James Stewart and his imaginary giant rabbit friend would interest me.
About the pains of being pure at heart. And how infectious it can be.
Henry Koster's Harvey is an extremely poignant and buoyant film. A film that takes a closer look into the life of a mentally ill person, as portrayed by the brilliant and charming Jimmy Stewart, Harvey for the most part is slowly faced but never boring. Whilst not as humorous as other classic comedies, the level to which Harvey strikes on an emotional scale is mind boggling.
Much like Jimmy Stewart's 1940 The Shop Around the Corner, Harvey leaves more of an impact on the viewer as a drama and offers some scenes of mild humor. What ultimately works best is the close relationship that is established with Jimmy Stewart's Elwood and his relationship with his invisible friend. It's one of…
Although I haven't seen a bunch of them, this is my favorite Jimmy Stewart performance I've seen. This movie is a perfect blend of great situational comedy and very deep, profound ideas. The writing is perfect for these two things, and to me, this movie just did everything right. I know after just one viewing that this is one of my new favorite movies.
Cute, slow, but starring my third favorite actor EVER, "Harvey" is a fun but disappointing film
A truly special film, not least because of James Stewart’s masterful performance. You know that age-old movie-question whether famous characters could’ve been played or reinterpreted by other actors and if yes by whom. I usually think any role could be recast, if we’re willing to let a character, a story and a film become different. That includes an icon and the go-to “It’ll never work” answer Indiana Jones. But this one, this is truly unique. Sure, it too could be different, but to what point? It’s hard to see anybody in the history of the medium being able to pull this very peculiar character off, let him be a weird yet oddly charming man, to pity him until you realize…
Probably one of my favorite old films ever!! So funny!
A woman tries to get her brother institutionalized when he seems convinced that he's become friends with a six-foot-something tall invisible rabbit. If there's anything that makes this movie work, it's actually the ho-hum, aw-shucks, gee-whillikers attitude I normally dislike in James Stewart's comedic performances. Stewart's performance is almost borderline "Rain Man" but it never fully crosses into that dangerous territory. The movie places a lot of belief in the unknown, family relations, and acceptance - Stewart's naïve performance really captures it well.
The film's most acclaimed work was my least favorite aspect though. Josephine Hull's work borders on the Rabelaisian at times. And the film talks about sex, gender, and everything else so awkwardly when it does briefly come…
Who's Harvey? He's a six-foot-tall rabbit!
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This movie real excels when it goes into hard farce mode. Sadly, it doesn't do it quite often enough. But Jimmy Stewart makes it worthwhile throughout!
Kurzweilig, gutmütig, liebevoll - drei Worte, die diesen Klassiker mit Jimmy Stewart wunderbar beschreiben. Was für ein schöner, humorvoller, stellenweise auch rührseliger Film.
Von diesen - wie soll man es sagen? - "unschuldigen" Filmen gibt es heutzutage viel zu wenige. Man merkt dem Film deutlich an, dass er auf einem Theaterstück basiert, aber gerade das macht vielleicht den Charme der Geschichte aus. Die Story um Elwood Dowd und seinen Freund Harvey ist in jeder Minute unterhaltsam und stets in Bewegung. Obendrein eine tolle, so scheinbar mühelose Leistung von James Stewart.
Dringende Empfehlung für alle, die den Film noch nicht kennen.
I've seen this movie at least 20 times. This will continue to be one of my all-time favorite films. James Stewart portrays the character of Elwood P. Dowd into a charming, humble man (as Stewart does for most of his roles), as well as making the character of Harvey feel as though he really does exist. Goddamnit this movie is fantastic and I couldn't recommend it enough!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Preserving this list for posterity as it will disappear from here:
- after number 70, "In a Land…