Harry's War (1981 film)
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|Harry's War (1981)|
|Directed by||Kieth Merrill|
|Produced by||David B. Johnston|
|Written by||Kieth Merrill|
|Music by||Merrill Jenson|
|Edited by||Bert Lovitt|
|Distributed by||American Film Consortium & Taft International Pictures|
|Release date(s)||March 1981|
Harry's War is a feature length independent film (98 minutes) from American Film Consortium and Taft International Pictures, released in 1981. Starring Edward Herrmann, Geraldine Page, Karen Grassle, David Ogden Stiers, Elisha Cook, Salome Jens and Noble Willingham. It was written and directed by Kieth Merrill.
After his aunt dies of a heart attack while fighting the IRS, Harry Johnson decides to take up the cause in what may seem to be an unconventional manner: he declares war on the IRS. After the funeral of Harry's aunt, Harry uses a tank to sabotage a television interview of his IRS nemesis. Several violent outcomes occur with some anti-government rhetoric.
- Edward Herrmann - Harry Johnson
- Geraldine Page - 'Aunt' Beverly Payne
- Karen Grassle - Kathy Johnson
- David Ogden Stiers - Ernie Scelera, IRS District Director
- Salome Jens - Wilda Crawley, IRS Agent
- Elisha Cook, Jr. (as Elisha Cook) - Sergeant Billy Floyd
- James Ray - Croft, IRS Commissioner
- Douglas Dirkson - Francis Kane (alias Draper), IRS Agent
- Jim McKrell - Roger Scofield, Newsman
- Noble Willingham - Major F. Andrews, United States Army
- Alan Cherry - Chester Clim, IRS Agent #1
- Bruce Robinson - IRS Agent #2
This film saw a limited two-week release in theaters in March, 1981.
Home video release
In a mid-1980s interview with David Ogden Stiers, who played the IRS director in the film, he was asked what his favorite role had been and the interviewer was expecting him to say something about his character in M*A*S*H, but instead he paused for a second and said "There was this movie about the IRS and I was the biggest [bleep] in the office...."