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Two hopelessly-out-of-their-class conmen attempt to pull off the largest bank heist of the nineteenth century. They gain the enmity of the most famous bank robber in the world, and the affection of a crusading newspaperwoman.

Also Known As: Smell i banken, Deux farfelus à New York, Kunnon konnat, Ladrão Que Rouba a Ladrão, Harry és Walter New Yorkba megy, Dois Vigaristas em Nova York, Dyo entimotatoi... aetonyhides, Forbrydelse betaler sig, Δύο εντιμότατοι... αετονύχηδες, Harry i Walter jada do Nowego Jorku, Pang i bygget, Harry y Walter van a Nueva York, Balordi e Co. - Società per losche azioni capitale interamente rubato $1.000.000, Хари и Уолтър отиват в Ню Йорк, Harry and Walter Go to New York, La banda de la mala pata, Und Morgen wird ein Ding Gedreht West

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  • levi-gomez
    levi gomez

    Honestly, if you can’t get your heart behind Harry and Walter, two of the most inept and schlock-sloppy vaudevillians in movie history, I must assume you quite simply do not have a heart. These two sad-sacks are (dis)honestly delightful as they go from their opening song-and-dance routine (one hopes they were able to steal the routine or cobble it together from slices of other performers’ routines since if they actually paid for a tune-smith to ‘craft’ this routine it would have to be, contrary to the film’s felonious finale, the greatest rip-off in this film) to a race to out-heist the greatest and grandest of New York’s elite safe crackers, quite perfectly played by Michael Caine using his deep store of calm aplomb and a style and grace that does not rub of on Harry or Walter despite their close proximity to the fastidiously-fashioned felon when they are assigned as his immured chamberlains, a position they are even less suited for than vaudeville.There are some fine twists and turns and changes of heart along the way in what is said to have been the leftover sets from “Hello, Dolly” … and it shows. Very classy, upscale late 19th century street scenes combined with the less savory back alley action where the starring duo work to save a worthy cause while half the duo is just not putting in the old-college try in turning over a new leaf. However, you will find the ups-and-downs and twists-and-turns lots of fun and despite the fact that this film nearly bankrupt Columbia Pictures (how this was possible I am not certain but considering the director claims that the studio saw the solution to the ‘film’s problems’ as well as the studio’s financial woes as leaving the funniest part of the films on the cutting room floor … what sense this makes is beyond me but when film studios get in trouble, “Heaven’s Gate” would be another fine example, it is the film that is attacked with artless, ham-fisted verve in the cutting room as it seems to be the traditional way in which to “save a studio” … anyone who has seen the uncut version of “Heaven’s Gate” will testify that it is not, as it is commonly known, the ‘worst film in Hollywood history’ but rather perhaps the finest film of the western genre ever made … certainly the finest of the genre as it was drawing its final breathes in the wilds of Montana rather than the Warner Brothers ranch or Monument Valley National Park where so many were shot.So whilst I have typically careened off on a jaunt thru an unfamiliar ditch, I highly recommend “Harry and Walter Go to New York” as a film for the entire family.

  • luka-barbir
    luka barbir

    This film is one of those films in which the elements fail to come together. It is clearly an attempt to recreate the lightning in a bottle of The Sting some years earlier. However it does not measure up for a number of reasons.Firstly the truly boring title does the film no favours. It is not surprising the audience stayed away despite this having obvious star power. Like The Sting the main stars are a couple of con men. The comedy is very broad, almost slapstick at times. This tends to undermine any tension in the film. And I’m not convinced that either Caan or Gould have any aptitude for this kind of broad comedy (and neither, I think, do they, if their subsequent career moves are an indication).However, there are certain times when nastiness creeps in, the most obvious example is when Gould is locked in a safe. Yes, that’s comedy gold, having a man almost suffocate to death.Not only are the con men much more buffoonish than in The Sting, but they are also more contemptible. When we first see them, they are stealing money from ordinary members of the public. Why on earth would we be sympathetic to their escapades from then on? While in The Sting the objective was to rob another (and worse) villain, here the target is a normal bank containing real people’s money. An attempt to show the manager as corrupt and lecherous does not undermine the fact that the bank contains real people’s money and at a time when banks could go out of business.Ultimately, no one really cares about these two thieves and whether they succeed in their venture.

  • margaret-holland
    margaret holland

    It’s probably impossible to fully comprehend how bad this over-titled movie is. HAWGTNY has more than a passing resemblance to THE STING…in a way, it could be considered that classic’s disfigured sibling. Mark Rydell, a director hardly known for his light touch, brings none to this supposed farce. James Caan and Elliott Gould play bumbling vaudevillians caught up in a plan to rob a bank already earmarked by classy criminal Michael Caine. Caan, Gould and Caine have been fine in a lot of movies, but they pale in the shadow of Newman, Redford and Robert Shaw. The large supporting cast includes Charles Durning and a particularly annoying Diane Keaton.Twelve year-old children with no imagination may find some of this fun, others should beware!

  • grzegorz-wawrzenczyk
    grzegorz wawrzenczyk

    This is one of my all-time favorite James Caan movies. Its not laugh out loud funny but has many humorous moments. No sex or profanity so if thats what you like in a comedy, leave this one alone. Otherwise, be entertained for 90 min. James Caan and Elliot Gould have such good chemistry together I’m surprised they haven’t worked together since.

  • ione-ferretti
    ione ferretti

    A pair of inept vaudevillians team up with a liberal newswoman to rob a bank. Her reasons were for the furtherance of mankind. At the same time a notorious thief and his gang are plotting the same job. The reason he uses is simple revenge. This was pretty banal stuff, but was fairly entertaining and had a ridiculously funny ending.

  • mikael-johannesson
    mikael johannesson

    This movie is painful to watch except when Diane Keaton is on screen. It was interesting to see Carol Kane and Kathryn Brody in the cast. And what a cast. Many actors I recognized in a really stinky movie. Its beyond me how this project ever got made. Thin plot, not funny, not exciting. I wonder what they were aiming for. The best I can say is its not offensive unless you tire of juvenile humor. Grabbing at girls with big cleavage, chasing around, bad singing…..This movie is just painful to sit through. I watched this because Diane is in it. I guess its to be expected that a person’s early work can be less than classic. A person has to start somewhere. I’d suggest skipping this movie.

  • ladislav-sedlacek
    ladislav sedlacek

    Although I think many of the best shots were left on the cutting room floor, this comedy received some bad reviews because it was a simple, funny, refreshing jaunt through the plot without sex, dark humor, and double entendre. It was just good clean fun! Unfortunately, because of that, the reviewers, steeped as they are in self-indulgent feelings of superiority, panned the film. If you like comedy that leaves you laughing and feeling good, be sure to catch this one! (And I’m not just saying that because I appear in the film for about 1/10 of a second!)

  • ankitaa-baalkrssnnn
    ankitaa baalkrssnnn

    Labored with a director like Mark Rydell who has an uncanny knack for making a million dollar movie look like it was shot on a shoe- string, this is not a trip I would recommend. Mr. Rydell is really in his element here. He just loves to ignore his million dollar sets and concentrate instead on Elliott Gould’s unprepossessing mug as if he were directing some small-scale TV show and not a film designed by Harry Horner and photographed by Laslo Kovacs. No less than three editors were employed to try to disguise Rydell’s inadequacies. It seems Mr. Rydell took no notice of anybody. He didn’t even bother to read the credits. For instance, there’s a credit he ignored that told us that the stained glass windows in the restaurant set were based on designs by Alphonse Muca. What stained glass windows? Did you see any stained glass windows? I didn’t! They were probably hidden behind Charles Durning’s right ear. The screenplay – or at least as much of it as manages to percolate through Rydell’s heavy hand – is occasionally not without interest, though why Rydell spends so much time on a scene in which Harry tries to persuade Walter to go to New York, beggars the imagination. For your information, Mr. Durning, that’s what a movie entitled Harry and Walter Go to New York is all about. Elliott Gould plays Walter and is his usual camera-hogging style. On the other hand, Carol Kane and Jack Gilford are wasted in minuscule parts. But if you can wait that long, there is a nice climax where the songs finally come to the fore in an amusing Ruritanian pastiche.

  • larha-dallak-yan
    larha dallak yan

    I caught this movie on television after not having seen it in 40 years. I ran it for 2 weeks while working as a projectionist in a second run house in Connecticut at the time. First, you have a wonderful cast. Not only the four principles but it’s hard to imagine a bad movie with Charles Durning, Jack Guilford, Val Avery, Leslie Ann Warren and Burt Young in the supporting cast. As improbable as the script is everyone seems to be having fun. We are in the realm of the classic door-slamming bedroom farce comedies mated to the caper movie with a couple of lovable losers involved in machinations they cannot hope to understand. Consider it as a double bill with Woody Allen’s Small Time Crooks. Michael Caine gets to hone a role as comic villain that will find its fuller expression In Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels. Basically, Harry and Walter is good, silly fun. If you want a great caper movie, Watch The Sting or Topkapi. If you want something that will occasionally have you spitting popcorn while laughing, try this movie, sit back and enjoy yourself. just remember,Nobody’s perfect. Nobody at all.

  • marianne-lagarde
    marianne lagarde

    The truth about film comedy is that the best funny flicks are never recognized in their own time. For example, the Marx Bros. comedy “Duck Soup” (1933) was universally panned as a stinker, but today critics regard it as a classic. “Harry and Walter Go to New York” shares the same pedigreed. The critics savaged it in its day and audiences never warmed up to its outlandishly labored comic shenanigans. However, now that it is available in a widescreen version on DVD, today’s audiences can relish what yesteryear’s spectators reviled.Director Mark Rydell, who made “The Reivers,” “The Rose,” “The River,” “For the Boys,” “On Golden Pond,” and “The Cowboys,” may regret having ever helmed “Harry and Walter Go to New York,” but he shouldn’t because the Columbia Pictures release qualifies as an entertaining, big dumb, stooge comedy that casts a likable James Caan and Elliot Gould as a couple of Keystone Criminals. The authorities arrest two woebegone vaudeville comics, Harry Dighby (James Caan of “The Killer Elite”) and Walter Hill (Elliot Gould of “The Long Goodbye”), during a carnival act when Harry pinches money from the wallets of spectators participating in a routine where Harry quizzes a veiled Walter what he holds in his hand. These two cretinous clowns are shipped off to Concord Prison where they meet wealthy, urbane,debonair criminal genius Adam Worth (Michael Caine of “The Eagle Has Landed”) and become his personal servants. Worth got sent up the river by a duplicitous banker, Rufus T. Crisp (Charles Durning of “Sharkey’s Machine”) who had been his cohort in a robbery. Cooling his elegant heels in a Massachusetts Prison, Worth obtains the plans to a new Mosler safe from one of his confederates and schemes at striking back at Crisp’s bank again in revenge for Crisp selling Worth out and landing him in prison. Meantime, a crusading but small-time New York City newspaper editor, Lissa Chestnut (Diane Keaton of “Annie Hall”) visits the prison to interview Worth and expose his regally appointed jailhouse living quarters to the outside world. At the same time, Worth has concealed the plans to the new safe behind a framed picture. Somehow, Harry discovers the blueprints, and Walter and he try to take a photograph of the plans. During the shooting process, Harry puts too much powder in the flash-burn tray to illuminate the plans. As a result, a fire breaks out and the plans are destroyed, much to Worth’s horror. Furious at this sudden reversal of events, Worth demands that Warden Durgom (Burt Young of “Rocky”) assign hapless Harry to the nitroglycerine detail where prisoners handle the unstable, volatile explosives to clear a rock quarry. Guard O’Meara (Bert Remsen of “Thieves Like Us”), who laughs at Harry’s misfortune, demonstrates to our knuckle-headed hero how to handle the stuff. Of course, Harry shrewdly exploits his newfound talent to escape from prison with his partner-in-crime Walter and flee to New York City, obtain the photo of the plans and rob the bank before Worth’s men can loot it. Our goofball heroes show up in New York and hoodwink Lissa, telling her about how they are out on parole before they learn that Walter’s photograph of the plans survived intact. Worth shows up not long afterward and forces Harry to hand over the plans to the safe. The scene where Worth locks poor Walter in an airtight safe until Harry coughs up the plans establishes the antagonist’s dastardly villainy. Angry at both Worth as well as Harry and Walter, Lissa dedicates herself along with Harry and Walter to beating Worth to the punch and cracking the toughest bank in America. Lissa, Harry and Walter are going into the bank from the top, while Worth and his henchmen are tunneling in from the bottom in a race to see who can get to the goods first. Never wasting a moment in advancing the action, Rydell generates some genuine suspense and hilarity when our heroes radically alter their plans and decide to blow the safe during a stage performance of Worth’s mistress Gloria Fontaine (Lesley Ann Warren) before the gentleman thief can descend on the bank himself. Harry and Walter’s antics to make enough time for themselves and their cohorts to stall the end of the play so that their accomplices can get into the vault are very amusing. “Harry and Walter Go to New York” doesn’t miss a beat during its 111-minute running time.Although it flopped miserably during its short-lived theatrical release, “Harry and Walter Go to New York” qualifies as superficial, low-brow, but side-splitting merriment that recaptures the nostalgic era of the Gay 90s, back when ‘gay’ and homosexuality weren’t synonymous. People remember this era for its ubiquitous handle-bar mustaches, long sideburns, derby hats, arm garters, and cravats. Sumptuously produced with exacting attention to detail, boasting a stellar cast which included Carol Kane, Jack Gilford, Lesley Ann Warren, Ted Cassidy, Brion James, and Burt Young, this heavy-handed but hilarious comedy of errors has been gorgeously lensed by ace cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs, whose credits include “Blood of Dracula’s Castle,” “What’s Up, Doc,” and “New York, New York.” Clearly, Columbia Pictures spared no expense on these period hi-jinks, while Rydell must have allowed Caan and Gould a free hand at improvising their antics. The song and dance number “Nobody’s Perfect” that they perform at the beginning epitomizes their hopeless numb-skullduggery. Gould and Caan conjure up more than enough chemistry to pull this caper off. Caan spouts crazy ideas and Gould constantly reprimands his partner’s temerity. They look like they belong in the 1890s, too. Michael Caine is a revelation as the straight-man/villain who runs afoul of our heroic buffoons. “Harry and Walter Go to New York” constantly refers to the haves and have-nots of society and aligns our sympathy with the low-class underdogs against the imperious upper-class.

  • krastins-arturs
    krastins arturs

    When I saw Harry and Walter Go to New York in 1976, I liked it because it was fun seeing serious actors playing comedy. It had Diane Keaton, who, back in the day, made my gums sweat. I had no idea what was in store for me when I saw it again as a middle-aged adult.It was so very awful. Same fine cast to appreciate, but the movie just sat there like a blob of cat puke on the rug that not even the chihuahua will scarf up.Yup, that bad. And, considering how it went so over-budget it almost sank Columbia Pictures, you would think, you would hope that there would be some evidence the money had been used effectively. You would want your entertainment dollars (three and a half of them, back then) to be for something.You would be wrong.Aren’t we lucky that, for some reason or another, you never see Harry and Walter Go to New York offered on even the Later than Late Show?

  • margaud-pottier
    margaud pottier

    more or less stuck in my hotel room on standby duty for five days during queenly coronation celebrations many moons ago, i found this movie on the hotel network and watched it over and over again. and then some on a parr with :HelpThe Three Amigos this movie is deliciously absurd And not only James Khan and Elliot Gould but Michael Cain is in the cast with Diane Keaton Cannot believe the guy who gave this a 5.4 rating has even sat down for the first five minutes cos if he had he wouldn’t have ever left his seat unless the building was burning down and he certainly would not have given anything less than an 8Netflicks has still not found this gem guess I am gonna have to go out and buy it but how

  • henry-nieminen
    henry nieminen

    This is just a good, clean, fun movie with an excellent cast. It was shot back in the 1970’s. It is amazing that the movie did not do better at the box office, because of all the stars that were cast in it. It is interesting to note that this movie was shot mostly in Mansfield, Ohio at the Mansfield Reformatory. Since then, Shawshank Redemption and Con Air were filmed there as well. The prison used for the movie has since been replaced by a new one and is now an historical site, open to the public. I think you will find some good laughs here. It is not brain surgery and a great way to experience some top stars in one package. I was an extra in this movie, playing both a prison guard and a prisoner. Chasing James Caan and Elliot Gould was a hoot. The cast and crew of this movie had a great time filming it. I might add that the director, Mark Rydell, went on to direct the movie,On Golden Pond.

  • john-lutz
    john lutz

    I saw this movie when it was first released, then again on television sometime in the Eighties. Why this film is largely forgotten is beyond me. For that matter, why are some of the most entertaining films of the Seventies collecting dust, while the critics continue to insist that we bow and scrape to pretentious self-absorbed WoodyBogdanovichMazurskyAltman? Anyhoo, this film is funny — maybe not side-splitting, but certainly a lot more entertaining than many films calling themselves comedies. It’s atmospheric, with that yellow/sepia look Coppola first introduced in Godfather II. It’s well-acted: James Caan is a great comic actor — let’s face it, a great actor, period. Michael Caine is especially good as the kid glove villain. Almost nothing here to offend anybody, (but kids under age 10 might have trouble following it). And after all these years, I still remember the “owls who” joke.

  • olivie-pinto
    olivie pinto

    Made on the HELLO DOLLY set, this bumbling farce looks sensational and in some ways is actually as lush as DOLLY itself. With a spectacular cast and some very funny lines – and especially the genuinely hilarious NOBODY’S PERFECT song – H&W somehow just misses being really really good. Any opportunity to see Carol Kane on screen is a must. Barely released in 1976 this film is worth seeing in glorious widescreen, just for the visuals around the DOLLY set. It actually looks as though you will see Streisand singing somewhere in the background. It is probably the only two million dollar film with a three million dollar set. Deserving of a lavish DVD release it could easily become a collectors item for many reasons…if only the comedy was genuinely one of them. The ideas are all there and the cast and the lushness, but you just fell it is all a bit forced.

  • jorge-escobar
    jorge escobar

    A thoroughly well-made and well-paced movie, with a wonderful score, both in the lead characters’ signature song “Nobody’s Perfect” and in the incidental music. James Caan and Elliot Gould do a great job of playing the low comedy foils of high comedy master Michael Caine.Excellent for kids, too…although there are touches of violence, romance, and illegal behavior, they are all mild, and it’s got a delightfully old-fashioned morality to it.

  • anthony-dickerson
    anthony dickerson

    An earlier poster commented that it came and went in the theaters. That’s because (at least in America), it was savaged by the critics. But when I saw this on cable a little while after, I actually found it to be very funny, and even taped it for my personal collection. The sequence at the end when Harry and Walter are doing what they can to extend the play so they can steal the money is very funny. When James Caan stops the play and starts singing his lines that, “he’s not the real Prince Herbert, I am!” I thought was really great. I remember the “owls who” line as well, but Caan’s singing his lines was what I most enjoyed in that movie. I also liked the scene where Caan and Gould go into the fancy restaurant, order fancy wine, and have no idea what to do when the sommelier tries to serve it to them.

  • fatih-tevetoglu
    fatih tevetoglu

    This ranks near the epitome of the comedic experience; perhaps not an intellectually provocative outing, but this is a masterpiece of physical humor. It is unusual to find a film of this nature sporting the stellar cast which appear here – Caan, Gould, Caine and Keaton enjoy a rare chemistry and display a keen sense of timing. If you haven’t seen this yet, make it your next film! (Ok, after you finish Lawrence of Arabia, 2001, and West Side Story – but then, make sure you see it!)

  • sokrates-mpalaskas
    sokrates mpalaskas

    I’ve watched this movie several times. Each time I enjoyed it more. I have looked for it to buy but can’t find it. With a cast full of wonderful actors, this movie deserves more credit than it has received. It was funny and clever.