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Let's Get Harry

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Let's Get Harry
French film poster
Directed byAlan Smithee
Produced by
Screenplay byCharles Robert Carner
Story by
Music byBrad Fiedel
CinematographyJames A. Contner
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release date
  • October 31, 1986 (1986-10-31)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$140,980[1]

Let's Get Harry is a 1986 American action film directed by Stuart Rosenberg. It stars Michael Schoeffling, Thomas F. Wilson, Glenn Frey, Rick Rossovich, Ben Johnson, Mark Harmon, Gary Busey, and Robert Duvall.[2] The film direction is credited to Alan Smithee, a pseudonym used by directors who repudiate their involvement in a film.


In Colombia, an American engineer named Harry Burck is overseeing the opening of his company's water pipeline. In the middle of the unveiling ceremony, a group of rebels arrives to kidnap an American diplomat who is in attendance. In the process, Harry is also kidnapped.

Word of the kidnapping reaches Harry's brother Corey and his friends Bob, Spence, and Kurt, who were all awaiting Harry's return. The men, coworkers at a factory, learn that Harry's kidnapping was orchestrated by a drug lord named Carlos Ochobar. Corey and Bob travel to Washington, D.C. to seek assistance from the U.S. government, only to be told that there are no plans to mount a rescue. Harry's father, Harry Burck, Sr., is despondent over the kidnapping of his son.

Kurt reminds his friends that they all personally owe Harry something, and that their only choice is to rescue him themselves. Despite some resistance and skepticism from Kurt and Spence, all the men eventually agree to go. Before heading to Colombia, they enlist the financial help of a sympathetic local car salesman, Jack, who insists on going along as a condition of funding the rescue, and the military expertise of a mercenary named Norman Shrike. Due to the urgency of the mission, Shrike is only able to give the group perfunctory training in military tactics.

Once in Colombia, the group encounters resistance, both from local officials and from the U.S. government. The group eventually lands in jail after being set up by one of Shrike's contacts who was going to supply them with weapons. They are handed over to U.S. officials and put on a plane back to the U.S. Just prior to takeoff, the group manages to escape, but Kurt decides to give up and go home.

The group resumes their trek toward Ochobar's camp. Eventually, they are engaged by rebels. Shrike is killed in a firefight while saving one of the men's lives. The group ventures on with the help of a local woman, Veronica, and they eventually find Ochobar's hideout. In the ensuing shootout with Ochobar's men, Jack is killed. The group is able to save Harry and escape, destroying Ochobar's camp in the process.

Harry and the men return home to a hero's welcome.



In the director's cut of the film, Mark Harmon does not make an appearance of any kind until the final rescue sequence. Prior to the planned release, Harmon's popularity grew dramatically due to his work on St. Elsewhere and being named "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine, and the producers wanted to make Harmon more at the center of the story over Rosenberg's objection. Additional footage was shot featuring Harmon's abduction and being held as a hostage. As a result, Rosenberg renounced the film, deciding to be credited as Alan Smithee.[3]


The film was released on October 31, 1986, in 133 theatres regionally in the United States and grossed $140,980 for the weekend.[4]

Home media

Let's Get Harry is currently only available on VHS and LaserDisc; it has not been released on DVD.


  1. ^ Let's Get Harry at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ "Let's Get Harry". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Institute, Bathroom Readers' (2013-11-12). Uncle John's Perpetually Pleasing Bathroom Reader. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-1-60710-931-0.
  4. ^ "Halloween Scares Off B.O.; 'Croc' Holds Bite, 'Bandits' Blah". Variety. November 5, 1986. p. 3.

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