Taglines: Two men with nothing in common… except the blood in their veins.
Harry Keach has been widowed for two years and works as a bulldozer operator on a construction crew. Despite having a strong work ethic, that working life is cut short when health issues lead to him no longer being able to do the job. Harry has a strained relationship with his two grown children: Nina, who, with her insurance salesman husband, seems more concerned about what they can receive in material possessions through her relationship with Harry; and Howard, who still lives with Harry.
Howard is an aspiring writer, but as a person who lives in the here and now would rather hang out having fun than find work in a steady job when he isn’t writing. Despite Harry loving Howard and Howard loving Harry, the strain in their relationship is brought to the fore as Howard can work but won’t while Harry wants to work but can’t. Especially while they still live together, the two have to come to a new understanding as they move into the next phase of their respective lives.
Harry & Son is a 1984 American drama film directed by Paul Newman, who also stars. The screenplay by Newman and Ronald Buck focuses on the relationship between a blue-collar worker and his son (Robby Benson), who fails at various odd jobs while aspiring to be a writer.
Joanne Woodward, Ellen Barkin, Ossie Davis, Wilford Brimley and Judith Ivey also star. Much of the film was shot in Lake Worth, Florida. The movie set construction site was the demolition of the sister hotel affiliated with the Gulf Stream Hotel named The Inn.
Harry & Son (1984)
Directed by: Paul Newman
Starring: Paul Newman, Robby Benson, Ellen Barkin, Wilford Brimley, Judith Ivey, Ossie Davis, Morgan Freeman, Katherine Borowitz, Joanne Woodward
Screenplay by: Ronald Buck, Paul Newman
Production Design by: Henry Bumstead
Cinematography by: Donald McAlpine
Film Editing by: Dede Allen
Set Decoration by: Don K. Ivey
Music by: Henry Mancini
Distributed by: Orion Pictures
Release Date: March 2, 1984