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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 »

Director:

Goran Paskaljevic

Writers:

Christine Gentet-Paskaljevic (as Christine Gentet), Annamaria Morelli (story editor) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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 ... Rosie
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Harry: As my Annie - god rest her soul - always said, the future of this country, if it has any future at all, lies in cabbages.
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Wonderfully curious film
2 April 2009 | by bachatrioSee all my reviews

This really was a strange little Movie.The Musicians in particular had a great time playing (or miming as happens in Film) up on "Sally Gap" in Wicklow in Ireland in November where it was at least 8 degrees below and the cast and crew were up there for 12 hours at the wedding scene.It really was freezing.I played Bodhran (Irish Drum) and i had to put my hand in hot water because it was frozen to the stick which plays the instrument.But for the fun value we had making that movie deserves 9/10.We filmed the pub scenes in Ardmore Studios which was a much warmer affair.Maybe i'm wrong but i seem to remember a day being taken off when Malosovich was captured due to Goran our Director being an immigrant Serb.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Italy | France | UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2002 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Bitter Harvest See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,989
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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