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How Harry Became a Tree (2001)

R | | Drama | 1 March 2002 (Italy)
This drama is set in rural Ireland. Believing that "a man is measured by his enemies", Harry Maloney ('Colm Meany') sets out to ruin George O'Flaherty - the most powerful man in town, who ... See full summary »


Goran Paskaljevic


Christine Gentet-Paskaljevic (as Christine Gentet), Annamaria Morelli (story editor) | 3 more credits »
5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Colm Meaney ... Harry
Adrian Dunbar ... George
Cillian Murphy ... Gus
Kerry Condon ... Eileen
Pat Laffan ... Father O'Connor
Gail Fitzpatrick Gail Fitzpatrick ... Margaret
Maighréad Ní Chonghaile Maighréad Ní Chonghaile ... Maeve
Des Braiden ... George's father
Denis Clohessy ... Tim
Sean Clohessy Sean Clohessy ... Sean
Laurie Morton Laurie Morton ... Daisy
Gladys Sheehan Gladys Sheehan ... Maisie
Joseph M. Kelly Joseph M. Kelly ... Photographer
Brendan Morrissey Brendan Morrissey ... Photographer
Helen Norton Helen Norton ... Rosie


This drama is set in rural Ireland. Believing that "a man is measured by his enemies", Harry Maloney ('Colm Meany') sets out to ruin George O'Flaherty - the most powerful man in town, who not only owns the local pub and most of the businesses in the area, but is also the local matchmaker. When Harry's son Gus(Cillian Murphy) - upon whom Harry regularly heaps abuse (mostly mental and verbal) - falls for the lovely Eileen, George helps get the two together during this time, Harry quietly mobilizes his dastardly plans. Written by Horselove

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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The original idea was to set and shoot the film in Sicily, until director Goran Paskaljevic's wife suggested Ireland as a setting, remembering the country from when she had been there as a teenager. See more »


George: You owe me. I want paid.
Harry: Well, the cabbages are sold. The money is spent. You can't take feathers of a frog.
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less interesting as it continued
28 January 2006 | by amyew914See all my reviews

I rented this movie for the simple reason that Cillian Murphy is in it, an actor with great range, great talent, and I can't stop staring at him sometimes. In any case, I really tried to see the humor, and it was mildly funny, at first. Of course, it's not that funny a movie, it's quite sad and insane. I've never had anything against Colm Meaney, but his descent into utter irrationality was more irritating to me than anything else. The landscape, the town, the pub - all of it was just too depressing without really giving any meat to chew on. Watching this movie will make you feel damp and cold, without any possibility of getting warm again. Another piece of advice for the director: if you're going to include a love scene, perhaps it shouldn't be the same tender, dispassionate kissing going on for 4 shots too long. Just because there was good light that day doesn't make it a good scene, and more time doing nothing doesn't add weight or develop characters.

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1 March 2002 (Italy) See more »

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Bitter Harvest See more »


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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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Dolby Digital


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1.85 : 1
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