Wild About Harry (2009 film)

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Wild About Harry
Directed by Gwen Wynne
Produced by
Written by
  • Mary Beth Fielder
  • Gwen Wynne
Music by Alice Wood
Cinematography Chris Chomyn
Edited by Joanne D'Antonio
  • Avery Productions
  • Cape Cod Films
  • Firebrand Entertainment
  • Wild at Heart Films
Distributed by Freestyle Releasing
Release date
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Wild About Harry is a 2009 American family drama film written by Gwen Wynne and Mary Beth Fielder and directed by Gwen Wynne for Cape Cod Films. Under the original title American Primitive with a script titled Once in a Very Blue Moon, the film stars Tate Donovan, Adam Pascal, Danielle Savre, and Skye McCole Bartusiak.[1]


Teenaged sisters Madeline and Daisy, living in Cape Cod, deal with the implications of their widower father Harry coming out in 1973.[2]




"Tom Gregory of The Huffington Post wrote, "American Primitive is the “why” that drove early activists like Harvey Milk and the Stonewall demonstrators to demand equality. It’s a film about the struggle to redefine a peaceful, safe home against hatred, misunderstanding, and family law at the time when homosexuality was classified as mental illness. Set in 1973, this indie gem personalizes the mistrust, alienation, and prejudice that same-sex families still fight against today." Like Tom Gregory, Quiet Earth wrote "the acting was top notch", and praised the performance of Josh Peck. They wrote the film had fantastic "beginning feeling and production style", and spoke well of the film's theme and storyline. [3] 'Seattle Gay News praised the film, writing "I love that this Queer love story is told through the eyes of Madeline. It's an unusual way into a Queer story and one that provides interesting insights from a fresh perspective. American Primitive is a nicely turned out little film that I highly recommend".[4]


  1. ^ Gregory, Tom (February 17, 2009). "American Primitive: The "Why" Behind a Movement". Huffington Post. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  2. ^ Debruge, Peter (July 28, 2009). "Review: 'American Primitive'". Variety. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  3. ^ staff (June 14, 2009). "Review of 'AMERICAN PRIMITIVE'". Quiet Earth. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  4. ^ Rice, Scott (June 5, 2009). "Stars of SIFF's American Primitive". Seattle Gay News. Retrieved November 20, 2015.

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