Harvey (1996 film)

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Based on The play Harvey by Mary Chase
Written by Joseph Dougherty
Directed by George Schaefer
Starring Harry Anderson
Leslie Nielsen
Swoosie Kurtz
Music by Ragnar Rosinkranz
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Robert Halmi
Don Gregory
Producer(s) Lisa Towers
Cinematography David Geddes
Editor(s) Michael Eliot
Running time 120 minutes
Production company(s) Don Gregory Productions
Hallmark Entertainment
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release July 18, 1999 (1999-07-18)

Harvey is a 1996 American made-for-television fantasy-comedy film and a remake of the 1950 classic film (starring James Stewart) based on Mary Chase's play of the same name. The television adaptation was directed by George Schaefer (his final film project) and starred Harry Anderson as the eccentric Elwood P. Dowd, Leslie Nielsen and Swoosie Kurtz.[1] Though it was filmed in 1996, the film sat on the shelf until July 18, 1999 when it was finally broadcast by CBS, two years after Schaefer's death.


Anderson stars as Elwood P. Dowd, a lovable eccentric who claims to have a six-foot invisible rabbit named Harvey as his best friend. Although that amuses people, Elwood's sister Veta (Kurtz) wants him committed to an asylum. Dr. Chumbley (Nielsen), the operator of the facility, and several of his employees end up believing in Elwood and that forces them to make their own decision about his future.



The film was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


  1. ^ "Harvey:Overview". Movies MSN. Retrieved December 3, 2010. 

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