Harvey Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 387

Average Rating: 3.1/4

# of Ratings: 177

Theatrical Release Date: 10/13/1950

Language: English

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Henry Koster

Actors: James Stewart, Josephine Hull, Peggy Dow, Jesse White, William H. Lynn, Charles Drake

Plot: A man who claims to see a full size bunny as his friend, has his family try to commit him to an insane asylum only to have themselves committed. Comedy.

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Rating of
2.5/4

Yojimbo - wrote on 12/09/2012

Likeable feel good movie that promotes individuality and tolerance in an amusingly surreal way. I found Stewart's performance a little too compliant and "Aw Gee shucks" for my tastes, but an enjoyably light comic piece.

Rating of
4/4

Alaine - wrote on 12/09/2011

Josephine Hull is the best. This one has to be seen over and over. Watch it closely, because it's more clever than it looks.

Rating of
3/4

mitchellyoung - wrote on 09/02/2011

The concept is interesting and original and I liked the way the film walked the line between a realistic drama and a fantasy (leaving the question - is the rabbit real? somewhat open ended.) Jimmy Stewart stretches his acting chops with a genial and heartfelt starring performance.

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Rating of
2.5/4

Harvey review

Daniel Corleone - wrote on 06/22/2013

"Everyday's a beautiful day." The story revolves around an eclectic Elwood P. Dowd (Stewart), concerned Veta Louise Simmons (Hull), Dr. Lyman Sanderson (Charles Drake) and Myrtle Mae Simmons (Victoria Horne). The screenplay was relly good with insightful lines: Veta - "Well, I'm sorry - life is not easy for any of us." and Elwood - "I always have a wonderful time, wherever I, am, whomever I'm with." "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh, so smart or oh, so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant." "Ah well, some people are blind." "...one can't have too many friends." It's baffling how Elwood always invite people in his place and how little the viewer knows about Harvey. Humor was not that effective as well. Obviously the picture resonates because of the talented …

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Rating of
4/4

Benign Kook

woody - wrote on 01/29/2011

Are there any movie characters like Elwood P. Dowd anymore? Of course, there are not. Times have changed, and stories about benign kooks tend to have a darker or more surreal bent. This movie's setting is good-ol' small-town America, and its characters, including Harvey's pal Elwood, are all just simple folks trying their best to fit in and do the right thing. Only James Stewart could've pulled this off, and only in the early fifties. It would be pointless and impossible to do a remake.

The movie also includes a nice low-comedy moment, when a wanna-be society dame entertains a bruch bunch with a "hop, hop, hippity-hop" number, ample bosom a-bouncing. In a stellar cast, Josephine Hull is a treat as Elwood's long-suffering but adoring sister.

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