Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?

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Who is Harry Nilsson... (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)
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Theatrical poster
Directed by John Scheinfeld
Produced by Lee Blackman
John Scheinfeld
David Leaf
Written by John Scheinfeld
Starring Perry Botkin, Jr.
Micky Dolenz
Terry Gilliam
Eric Idle
Ringo Starr
Robin Williams
Yoko Ono
Richard Perry
Randy Newman
John Lennon
May Pang
Brian Wilson
Music by Harry Nilsson
Cinematography James Mathers
Edited by Peter S. Lynch II
LSL Productions
Distributed by Lorber Films
Release dates
2006 Santa Barbara International Film Festival
2010 Theatrical
Running time
116 min
Country United States
Language English

Who is Harry Nilsson... (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) is a documentary about the musician Harry Nilsson that premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2006. It was released to theatres and on DVD in the Fall of 2010.


David Leaf and John Scheinfeld interviewed close to three dozen of Nilsson's friends, colleagues and extended family, who all shared their memories of Harry Nilsson, his music and how it affected them. This was put together in a documentary where we follow Harry Nilsson from childhood to death, enjoying the highs and lows along with him, from Grammy wins through divorce and substance abuse.

The film features original interviews with well-known friends and acquaintances of Nilsson, including Perry Botkin, Jr., Micky Dolenz, Terry Gilliam, Mark Hudson, Eric Idle, Al Kooper, Randy Newman, Yoko Ono, May Pang, Van Dyke Parks, Richard Perry, Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams, Robin Williams, Brian Wilson and The Smothers Brothers. Also included are interviews with Nilsson's family, including his wives and children. Perhaps the most notable absence in the film is Ringo Starr, who does not feel comfortable talking about three people in person: John Lennon, George Harrison and Harry Nilsson.[1] Another notable absence in the film is arranger-composer George Tipton, who worked closely with Nilsson on nearly all of his early RCA recordings - they reportedly had an unexplained and permanent falling-out, and Tipton refused to be interviewed for the film[citation needed].


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