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.
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…
I had a smile on my face throughout the entire film! I've always had a soft spot for Harvey! James Stewart was impeccably charming and the film was whimsical and darn right amusing!
This is a film the entire family can see together and not have to worry about cringe worthy scenes!
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…
"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.
Over the past couple of years I've had the pleasure of becoming aquainted with the work of the late, great James Stewart. I was speaking with my wife about him the other day and she suggested I see one of her favorite Stewart films, Harvey. I've seen several of Stewart's well-known films, but for whatever reason I'd never heard of Harvey or if I had I didn't remember. Either way my wife borrowed a copy of the film from our local library, and I decided to give it a go. It was very interesting. By today's standards it wouldn't be considered strange at all, but considering the time of it's release it must have been considered very strange. It's a…
Harvey is one of the most charming and magical films I have ever seen. James Stewart delivers one of the most engrossing performances of all time and I cannot stop thinking about his smile.
Was the 50's so sexist as this film? What the hell? I got angry. I mean, I understand this is from sixty years ago, but damn! There are three female characters who's only ambitions are to impress men or have a relationship with them. It's kind of scary. Lots of racist moments too. But that's an ant near sexism.
A touch of darkness
Makes this sweeter. I wish I
Had a pooka friend.
Beautiful. A complete film, just love the details and James is something. Can't stop watching.
Harvey for some reason or another I had some trepidations going into and put off watching it for sometime, I wasn't so keen on the idea behind it I guess, although Jimmy Stewart is cast perfection as the naively ill lead, a role he's somewhat familiar with despite how earnestly fresh it seems here. On the whole I enjoyed the film but didn't love it or appreciate it's concept as I'd hoped, that probably held a little more weight in bizarreness for the 50s than today. It's perfectly friendly fun though, I enjoyed a lot of the quirks and twists that took place, especially his initial ballsed up incarceration in the mad house. It may not be up there with the Capra classics that I really respond to but Stewart has yet to disappoint.
Harvey is that rare kind of movie that makes you want to be a better person. After watching the misadventures of Elwood P. Dowd and his buddy Harvey, as they travel about town, winning the hearts and minds of people through sheer pleasantness, you can't help but want to be that person too. It doesn't matter that Harvey is a six foot tall rabbit, or that Elwood is the only person who can see him, what matters is that as the world gets more cynical, one man with a smile on his face can make everything better.
There is a darker undercurrent to the proceedings, it is buried deep, but it is there. Elwood is…
"In this world, you must be oh so smart, or oh so pleasant. Well, for years I was smart.... I recommend pleasant. You may quote me".
A sort of Childrens-film for adults. Warm and charming, but With darkness and sadness lurking in the (bunny-shaped) shadows.
Jimmy Stewart and Josephine Hull both give fantastic performances, it is them, rather than the story, one remembers after a while.
Films based on plays don't always go over well but here's one that makes no attempts to disguise its theatrical roots yet works succeeds spectacularly. James Stewart is perfect in the role of a friendly and unassuming man whose best friend is a large white rabbit (Harvey claims to be 6 feet 3 and a half inches, but Stewart is 6' 3" and is always looking up when they speak so Harvey's probably being modest... he's gotta be around seven feet without the ears).
Stewart played Elwood P. Dowd for three years on Broadway so to say he's got his performance fine-tuned would be a bit of an understatement. Same goes for Josephine Hull who played Elwood's sister for even…
Some of this movie has dated poorly (especially the "women really want a guy to harass them" element with the boorish male nurse), but Stewart's performance as patient, pleasant, and accepting perpetual drunk Elwood P. Dowd still shines through. He keeps the farcical action grounded, giving us a sense of wounded loss and defeat that motivates his kindness. When he delivers his speech about giving pleasantness a try after years of trying to be smart, it feels like a ideology gained after years of suffering.
It's a shame Peggy Dow never did anything else of note, because her scenes with Stewart show her as an actress attuned to emotional honesty (even as she is also good at playing the farce…
I thought it was about time I tackled the list. I've created plenty of top 100 genre compilations but I…