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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 unique 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…
"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…
Let's face it, Hollywood doesn't have the best track record with its depictions of people with mental curiosities. I'm sure it is difficult to express a persons infliction without leaning too far in either direction. That is to say portraying them as either brainless, often times violent, lunatics. Or csating them too far in the other direction as a mythical prophet or a gifted harbinger of tranquility. Rain Man or Forest Gump are good examples. So it stands to reason that I have my apprehensions going into a movie where Jimmy Stewart plays a character that sees a 6 foot white rabbit, and his family wants to have him committed to a mental institution.
I am so please to say…
Film #24 of my June Jubilee Scavenger Hunt
Task #29 - A film with an imaginary friend
"Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be" - she always called me Elwood - "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." - Elwood P. Dowd
And i will quote you good sir. Im having a real internal battle over whether i should bump this up half a star. This is Stewart as his most lovable. He plays a 40-something rich uncle, with a drinking problem, who also talks to an invisible 6…
"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.
Film # 13 of the Scavenger Hunt # 15 Challenge
Task # 18: A film featuring a dysfunctional family
"'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me."
I really found this movie to be quite charming. I do enjoy how easy of a time Jimmy Stewart seems to be having playing Elwood P. Dowd. (Here, let me give you my card.) There's something about the character that is so sweet and endearing that I could watch this movie several times over. Stewart says this was one of his favorite films he made, and I completely understand why.
Much of this seems dated purely due to the way mental illness is handled. This inherently makes many of the characters more unlikeable than what was probably intended, but James Stewart as Elwood is so sweet and charming that this film is still enjoyable to watch.
hallucinated (or did I?) for scavenger hunt 15 – june 2016
Task # 21: A film with rabbits/ a rabbit
this is practically interchangable on this months scav hunt with Donnie Darko in 2 categories
this one's better.
cute and heartwarming. occasionally laugh-out-loud. commits with all it's heart to it's wacky premise, which is great for 1950, and handles issues of mental health with a light and cringe-free touch
jimmy stewart as elwood p. dowd is someone we should all aspire to be.
One of the best movie paintings.
June 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task # 17: A film with an imaginary friend
My List: letterboxd.com/strangah/list/june-2016-scavenger-hunt-15/
Ten minutes into this, I was very underwhelmed and didn't see any way of enjoying this movie. And then Jimmy Stewart did what he does best and, pardon the pun, pulled a rabbit out of his hat. His soft spoken demeanor and mindless whimsy are infectious. Unlike most films with a main character that just lucks into various situations and out of bad ones, Elwood P. Dowd is fantastically enjoyable no matter what and his carefree manner makes it impossible to be worried for him, even when it looks like he's going to be admitted to a mental hospital.
Can I just take the time to say that Jimmy Stewart might be the greatest actor of all time? Has he ever given a bad performance? From him collapsing on the floor as Jefferson Smith to Paul Biegler saying "panties," he's just such a powerhouse of an actor. Elwood P. Dowd ranks high up in the "greatest" section of his performances. He's such a lovable person.
Harvey is an excellent, laugh out loud comedy, but is a touching drama. One of the most underrated films of the 50s.
I can usually defend old-timey acting, but aside from ol' Jimmy, there's not much to see here.
The most sane person in this entire movie is the one who sees a six foot tall rabbit.
You've never believed in Bromance until you've seen the one between Elwood P. Dowd and Harvey.
Who is Harvey; you may ask?
Harvey is Elwood's best friend who happens to be a 6'3 tall rabbit.
He also may not actually exist. And Elwood might be crazy.
At least that's what everyone's debating in the film. From doctors to nurses to Elwood's own sister, everyone has something to say about Elwood's sanity and his imaginary friend.
But at the end of the day, does it matter?
Does it matter that Elwood might be a little nuts if his "insanity" makes him such a decent human being? He's one of the nicest people you can come across. Never raises his voice, never…
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