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Harvey

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7.91 h 44 min1950X-RayU
James Stewart stars in this comedy, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, as the good-natured Elwood P. Dowd, whose constant companion is a six-foot tall rabbit that only he can see.
Directors
Henry Koster
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ComedyDrama
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English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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4.7 out of 5 stars

2823 global ratings

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  2. 11% of reviews have 4 stars
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valReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
James Stewart as you've never seen him before!
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In a recent trivia quiz one task was to unscramble anagrams for umpteen famous Easter bunnies.... one was obviously "Harvey" but to my shame I'd never heard of this particular rabbit. So I researched, found out it was a film & bought a used copy on Amazon (always a bargain!!). While obviously of its time, it was sooooo interesting to see James Stewart happily playing such a different role. No spoilers - and please DON'T read the back of the DVD before viewing it - but it was such a feel-good film. James Stewart put his heart and soul into this role & all individualists will be with him all the way. No cop out at the end either, more a feeling that he gently persuaded the world to accept aspects of his world-view - and why not?
Any film offering James Stewart, a 6' rabbit and plenty of laughter must be worth watching. It's definitely one I shall watch regularly, particularly if I want to escape from today's world of conformity for a while. A heartwarming attitude towards mental difference from so long ago. Wish I'd met Harvey years ago!!
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BM2662Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 July 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perfect
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I watch this movie at least every month. It's that good.
James Stewart should have won the Oscar for this. Politics deprived him Oscar for its a wonderful life and the academy has always struggled with giving oscars for comedic roles.
The magnificent Judy Holiday won the Oscar for her incredible performance in Born Yesterday so James steward could never win for Harvey as giving the two top acting oscars to comedic roles would not be politic.
Everything about this movie is perfect.
Above all, James Stewart is truly truly captivating. Elwood p dowd was his favourite character.
Harvey is perfect.
10 people found this helpful
Stuart BishopReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 September 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Stick with it...
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James Stewart as wonderful as ever; the early part of the movie, with its screwball comedy feel, might not immediately appeal, but stay with it - it doesn't quite have the three tissues appeal of It's A Wonderful Life, but by the end it will still leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling :)
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Darth MaciekReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 April 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Is Mr Dowd alone?" "Well, sir, there is two schools of thought about it..."
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This is a wonderful, sweet, heart warming comedy about a certain Elwood P. Dowd (magnificent James Stewart), a middle aged gentleman who struggled with reality for 35 years and finally won over it...))) I loved every second of it and it moved me and cheered me up as few other films ever did.

As you probably noticed on the cover of the DVD box, this film is basically about a very special relationship existing between Mr Dowd and a somehow shadowy figure, of more or less rabbity nature, called Harvey. As Harvey is very strict and choosy in his social interactions, Mr Dowd is the only one who can actually see Harvey... In fact Harvey is so discreet, that most people tend to disbelief that Harvey exists at all - and some even go as far as calling Mr Dowd just a tinsy weensy crazy...)))

This film shows all the adventures of this improbable duo of best friends forever when the day comes for Mr Dowd's family to try to commit him in a psychiatric facility - which, thanks to the incredible charisma and gentle behaviour of Mr Dowd and the clever tricks played by the sneaky Harvey (assuming that he exists of course), will prove to be quite more difficult than anybody could possibly imagine...

This film is a most wonderful thing, full of humour, filled with incredibly smart one liners and very intelligent dialog and all of its atmosphere is gentle, heart-warming and soothing. An absolute classic, to buy, see, keep and re-watch again. This is one of the DVds I am never letting go! Enjoy!
7 people found this helpful
LynziReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 February 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
DVD of classic film Harvey
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I love this film, if I am ever feeling a bit down I put this on and it makes me feel so much better.
James Stewart is brilliant in this film as are the rest of the cast - it may be an oldie but it's a goodie.
Would definitely recommend.
3 people found this helpful
LG Vlogs /// Life & StuffReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
What's a pooka?
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One of James Stewart's best ever roles - he actually revisited the character of Elwood P Dowd several times throughout his life, both on film/tv and on stage. I have always loved this film - so much so, I will be directing an amateur production of it myself in Charlton, SE London later this year in October. I can't wait! ... A great sunday afternoon movie that fuels the imagination.
2 people found this helpful
TheNigeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant DVD.
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James Stewart stars with Harvey - a Pookie, (an invisible 6 foot tall rabbit) - in this excellent film. You might initially think that the film isn't up to much, until you start to watch it, but then you get 'hooked', (as I did), and the enjoyment starts. Very well worth watching!
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Richard CowardReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 December 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the very best, but understated
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One of the very best, but understated, films of the fifties. Of course the acting honours must go to Josephine Hull and James Stewart for brilliant performances (Hull got the Oscar) but all the performances are well up to the mark. Also I like the conundrum - does Harvey really exist or is he just a figment of Dowd' s imagination? If he is the latter then he still exerts a powerful influence, through Dowd, for good, on all the lives that he touches. I think that we all need a "Harvey".
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