Harry and Walter Go to New York
|Harry and Walter Go to New York|
|Directed by||Mark Rydell|
|Produced by||Don Devlin|
|Written by||John Byrum, Robert Kaufman, Don Devlin|
|Music by||David Shire|
|Edited by||David Bretherton
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release date(s)||June 17, 1976|
|Running time||115 min.|
Harry and Walter Go to New York is a 1976 American period comedy film written by John Byrum and Robert Kaufman, directed by Mark Rydell, and starring James Caan, Elliott Gould, Michael Caine, Diane Keaton, Charles Durning and Lesley Ann Warren. In the film, two down-on-their-luck con men try to pull off the biggest heist ever seen in late nineteenth century New York. They are opposed by the greatest bank robber of the day, and by a crusading newspaper editor.
Harry Dighby (Caan) and Walter Hill (Gould) are struggling vaudevillians who are sent to jail when Dighby is caught robbing audience members. They are assigned as roommates to a cultured, wealthy, and charming bank robber named Adam Worth (Caine). Worth plans to rob the Lowell Bank and Trust, both to avenge himself on the bank manager who had arranged his capture, and because his ego can not resist the temptation of robbing a bank reputed to be perfectly secure. Though in jail, he procures detailed diagrams of the bank's security systems.
A reforming newspaperwoman named Lissa Chestnut (Keaton) visits their cell, during which visit Dighby and Hill manage to photograph the bank plans with her camera, then burn the originals. They break out of prison the next day, as Worth is also paroled. They meet in New York and, by force, Worth manages to extract a copy of the photographed plans from them. Dighby, Hill, and Chestnut then band with Chestnut's team of do-gooders to race with Worth and his professional bank robbing squad to see who can first rob the Lowell Bank and Trust.
- James Caan - Harry Dighby
- Elliott Gould - Walter Hill
- Michael Caine - Adam Worth
- Diane Keaton - Lissa Chestnut
- Charles Durning - Rufus T. Crisp
- Lesley Ann Warren - Gloria Fontaine
- Burt Young - Warden Durgom
- Kathryn Grody - Barbara
The film received mixed reviews from critics.
James Caan later dubbed the film "Harry and Walter Go to the Toilet" and sacked his management after making the movie. "The director sacrificed jokes to tell a story no one cared about," he said.
- James Caan's career hitting tough times Siskel, Gene. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file) [Chicago, Ill] 27 Nov 1977: e6.
- Harry and Walter Go to New York at the Internet Movie Database
- Harry and Walter Go to New York at AllMovie