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Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 19 August 1976 (UK)
Two hopelessly-out-of-their-class conmen attempt to pull off the largest bank heist of the nineteenth century. They gain the enmity of the most famous bank robber in the world, and the ... See full summary »


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Don Devlin (story), John Byrum (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... Harry Dighby
Elliott Gould ... Walter Hill
Michael Caine ... Adam Worth
Diane Keaton ... Lissa Chestnut
Charles Durning ... Rufus T. Crisp
Lesley Ann Warren ... Gloria Fontaine
Val Avery ... Chatsworth
Jack Gilford ... Mischa
Dennis Dugan ... Lewis
Carol Kane ... Florence
Kathryn Grody ... Barbara
David Proval ... Ben
Michael Conrad ... Billy Gallagher
Burt Young ... Warden Durgom
Bert Remsen ... Guard O'Meara


Two hopelessly-out-of-their-class conmen attempt to pull off the largest bank heist of the nineteenth century. They gain the enmity of the most famous bank robber in the world, and the affection of a crusading newspaperwoman. Written by Don Devlin <ddevlin@loop.com>

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See CAAN, GOULD, KEATON and CAINE fulfill their craving for high living - through means illegal, immoral and ultimately explosive. [US half-sheet] See more »


Comedy | Crime


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This movie went massively overbudget and caused such a major cash crisis that Columbia Pictures nearly went out of business, until a fund of German dentists, Cinerenta, agreed to help co-finance the studio's other movies. See more »


Adam Worth: I need a favor, Mr. Durgom. I want these two clods assigned to the nitro detail, as soon as possible.
Warden Durgom: You mean permanently, sir?
Adam Worth: No, Mr. Durgom. Not permanently. Just until they die!
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Shang Draper's Stained Glass Panels Based on Works of Alfonse Mucha See more »


Referenced in Drew: The Man Behind the Poster (2013) See more »


Viennese Life
Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Carmine Coppola
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Harry & Walter Boobed
1 January 2020 | by michaelarmerSee all my reviews

The idea was good but the outcome was bad, 2 quite stupid song and dance conmen, with the help of a printing team gang, frustrate a top bank robber and pull his heist before him, their bumbling plot worked but the film didn't. A very unlikely story.

This film has a great cast, leading was Caan & Gould, with excellent suport. mostly unused, if they had more substantial roles it could have been better, Diane Keaton was probably the best, closely followed by Jack Gilford, always a class act. Caan & Gould, and Michael Caine probably overdo their roles, possibly by direction, the film was well made apart from photography which was poor.

The trouble was with the conversion of the story to screen, and it did not work, trying to rob a bank in between doing song and dance routines was not good on the transfer to screen, so maybe a good idea, but in retrospect not, its probably why no film like it has been made since.

I gave it a 5 for the acting and intrigue.

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Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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