Harry's War

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Released 1981

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Director:
Kieth Merrill
Released:
1981
Rating:
PG
Harry's War is a 1981 indie film replete with comedic and political themes. It was written and directed by Kieth Merrill, a native of Utah. Merrill filmed his movie in the southwest corner of his state in the secluded city of St. George, surrounded by deserts, mountains and canyons. The film stars Harry Johnson (Edward Hermann) as he decides to wage war on the Internal Revenue Service. Johnson's mission is a quixotic reaction to the death of his aunt, Beverly Payne (Geraldine Page). Aunt Payne dies of a heart attack early in the movie, possibly in reaction to the stress of trying to defend her finances from the IRS. His aunt is also very wealthy and a collector of military mementos, which Johnson employs comedically in his rebuttal to the IRS. Despite his relative disadvantage to the massive government bureaucracy, Harry manages to find quite a few supporters, but ultimately he ends up holed up and besieged by his enemy.
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    Comedy

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    Independent, Satire, Politics