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Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (1999)

R | | Comedy | 10 March 2000 (UK)
Harold Smith (Sir Tom Courtenay), a quiet middle-aged Englishman becomes an instant celebrity when he suddenly starts exhibiting psychic and telekinetic powers. After he is arrested for ... See full summary »

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Peter Hewitt

Writer:

Ben Steiner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Courtenay ... Harold Smith
Michael Legge ... Vince Smith
Laura Fraser ... Joanna Robinson
Stephen Fry ... Dr. Peter Robinson
Charlotte Roberts Charlotte Roberts ... Lucy Robinson
Amanda Root ... Margaret Robinson
Lulu ... Irene Smith
David Thewlis ... Nesbit
Charlie Hunnam ... Daz
Matthew Rhys ... Ray Smith
James Corden ... Walter
Rosemary Leach ... Harold's Mother
Charles Simon Charles Simon ... Oobie
Mark Williams ... Roland Thornton
John Higgins John Higgins ... The Reverend Anthony Cooper
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Storyline

Harold Smith (Sir Tom Courtenay), a quiet middle-aged Englishman becomes an instant celebrity when he suddenly starts exhibiting psychic and telekinetic powers. After he is arrested for accidentally killing three pensioners by causing their pacemakers to stop, his lawyer brings in an extremely skeptical scientist to test whether or not Harold's powers are real. Meanwhile, Harold's son Vince (Michael Legge), a disco devotee, is pining for his co-worker Joanna (Laura Fraser), who also happens to be the daughter of the scientist testing Vince's dad. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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When punk meets disco.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Che fine ha fatto Harold Smith? See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£137,309 (United Kingdom), 12 March 2000, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Legge (Vince) was offered a role in this movie four days after completing his work on Alan Parker's Angela's Ashes (1999). See more »

Goofs

Telltale modern features on the terraced housing, e.g. uPVC windows and the post-1991 dialling code for Sheffield on a poster on window, when setting is intended to be 1977. Also distinctly visible are the modern tram tracks which were laid in 1994. See more »

Soundtracks

Raw Power
Written by Gizz Butt
Performed by Janus Stark
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A very funny and clever piece
17 December 1999 | by tompakenhamSee all my reviews

I also had the opportunity of seeing this film at the London Film Festival, but not having grown up in the 70s approached it with few expectations and even less knowledge of what the period was like. The actors all turned in good performances, with Tom Courtenay especially memorable. The direction was slick and the film consequently flowed smoothly. Some jokes were hilarious and reflected the overall strength of the screenplay, which was packed with novel ideas and witticisms. All in all a very friendly and fun film that I would highly recommend.


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