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Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Mystery | 3 February 1989 (USA)
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Harry Crumb is a bumbling and inept private investigator who is hired to solve the kidnapping of a young heiress which he's not expected to solve because his employer is the mastermind behind the kidnapping.

Director:

Paul Flaherty

Writers:

Robert Conte, Peter Wortmann (as Peter Martin Wortmann)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Candy ... Harry Crumb
Jeffrey Jones ... Eliot Draisen
Annie Potts ... Helen Downing
Tim Thomerson ... Vince Barnes
Barry Corbin ... P.J. Downing
Shawnee Smith ... Nikki Downing
Valri Bromfield ... Detective Casey
Doug Steckler Doug Steckler ... Dwayne
Renée Coleman ... Jennifer Downing (as Renee Coleman)
Wesley Mann ... Tim
Tamsin Kelsey ... Marie
Joe Flaherty ... Doorman
Fiona Roeske Fiona Roeske ... Crumb Receptionist
Lori O'Byrne Lori O'Byrne ... Karen
Michele Goodger ... Mrs. MacIntyre (as Michelle Goodger)
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Storyline

Harry is the latest generation of the Crumbs, famous and extremely talented detectives. Unfortunately talent seems to have skipped a generation and Harry is reduced to "gumshoe" work at a remote branch of the Crumb detective agency. Back at headquarters, Crumb executive Elliot Draison hatches an evil plan which requires the inclusion of an incompetent detective. With Harry Crumb on the case Draison thinks everything will run fine for him. Despite his best efforts Crumb actually makes some headway in the case... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Nerves of steel. Body of iron. Brain of stone.

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mais qui est Harry Crumb? See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$10,982,364
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Cans of Coca-Cola are seen been drunk as product placements in this movie on at least a couple of occasions, one of them being Diet Coke. The movie was made by Tri-Star Pictures which was a division of Columbia Pictures which was owned by the Coca-Cola company. Around 1985, home video cassettes of Ghostbusters (1984) had been released with an advertisement for Coke on the tapes. See more »

Goofs

When Nikki calls out to her father to let him know that Harry arrived at their house, her mouth is saying something other than "Hey, dad!" See more »

Quotes

[At LAX, Harry manages to break open the door to the control room, albeit Harry getting hit in the process, to see a chained-up Eliot, the actual mastermind behind the kidnapping of Jennifer Downing, with masking tape around his mouth]
Harry Crumb: [shocked] Eliot!
[two LAPD cops stare at Eliot, now seemly defeated]
Harry Crumb: [smirks and smiles] Don't think I didn't know what was going on in your mind.
[chuckles]
Harry Crumb: You didn't I could figure it out, did ya, Eliot? You didn't think I was up to the challenge. Now you ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The British TV version included a scene near the end when John Candy is on top of a vehicle chasing after an aeroplane about to take off. The co-pilot looks out of the window, sees him and says, "What the fuck?!". This scene was not present in UK cinema and video releases which were cut to receive a PG rating, though the word was restored for the 12-rated 2008 Sony DVD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Holding Out For A Hero
Written by Jim Steinman and Dean Pitchford
Performed by Bonnie Tyler
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures Corporation
Bonnie Tyler performs courtesy of CBS Records
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Just take it for what it is...and the real quality shall shine!
30 March 2005 | by phdgmoureySee all my reviews

Well, having lived in 5 countries, understanding 4 kinds of humors and seen thousands of movies in three lingo, I can say that this movie is a good laugh! And nothing more as it was not created to be more.

John Candy was an amazing guy in comedy because he could bring you from tears to laughs to thinking moments. His legacy is to take a good laugh and make life an easier one by understanding how to use the positivity to have a sense of humor!

I have seen from Uncle Buck to Planes, trains and Automobiles, and John is talented. Even the series CAmp Candy as cartoons for the environment was putting the C in cool. After all, at least he did something about it...Do we?

This movie is a must for a good slapstick and a no brainer: just what you need after a hard day work...


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