Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971)


“Life, it’s like an appetizer. It’s here, it’s gone.” – Georgie’s Father

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 May 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A successful songwriter who is less successful in life and love tries to deal with the fact that a mysterious man is after him, trying to make his life even more difficult.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that I had never heard of before seeing that it had an Oscar nominated performance in it.

The title caught my eye a few months back because it was so long, yet I had no clue what this was really about even with such a title.

This film was horrendous because it makes little sense.

The story tries too hard to be very existential in its message and makes things so uninteresting throughout.

The story itself doesn’t find a way to stay coherent and moves around much too strangely without a true anchor.

Dustin Hoffman is a great actor, but he is awful in this film since he comes across as being a bit too in-genuine in the role.

This makes things so much harder to take him or his character’s situation seriously.

Barbara Harris has a few nice scenes in this film and I can understand how she could get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for this performance.

Unfortunately, she isn’t able to make this film any more interesting or enjoyable.

The movie tries hard to make a correlation between being successful in work and in life and love yet doesn’t do it convincingly enough for us to really believe this kind of storyline.

Bottom Line – Terrible film that is much too existential for my taste. The story floats around too freely while trying to find a way to anchor the story. Hoffman comes across as seeming quite in-genuine in this role and it’s quite hard to take him or his character seriously. Harris has a few nice scenes and I can understand how she could get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for this role yet she can’t help this very strange film become more enjoyable.  The film tries to bring a correlation between success in business and success in life and love yet doesn’t work convincingly enough for us to truly believe this storyline.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #1 – To achieve maximum realism, Director Ulu Grosbard insisted that Dustin Hoffman appear live at the now-shuttered rock palace Fillmore East. Cameras captured the reaction of the regular Friday night audience gathered for an actual Grateful Dead concert. (From IMDB)

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #2 – As of 2019, it holds the record as the longest film title to ever receive an Oscar nomination with fourteen words to its count. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)

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2 thoughts on “Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971)

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