Let's Get Harry
Let's Get Harry is a 1986 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. The film direction is credited to Alan Smithee, a pseudonym used by directors who repudiate their involvement in a film.
|Let's Get Harry|
French film poster
|Directed by||Stuart Rosenberg|
|Screenplay by||Charles Robert Carner|
|Music by||Brad Fiedel|
|Cinematography||James A. Contner|
|Distributed by||TriStar Pictures|
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.
- Michael Schoeffling as Corey Burck
- Thomas F. Wilson as Bob Pachowski
- Rick Rossovich as Kurt Klein
- Ben Johnson as Harry Burck Sr.
- Glenn Frey as Spence
- Mark Harmon as Harry Burck Jr.
- Gary Busey as Jack
- Robert Duvall as Norman Shrike
- Elpidia Carrillo as Veronica
- Matt Clark as Walt Clayton
- Bruce Gray as Ambassador Douglas
- Jerry Hardin as Dean Reilly
- David Hess as Mercenary
- Pierrino Mascarino as Pinilla
- Gregory Sierra as Alphonso
- John Wesley as Mercenary
The film was released on October 31, 1986 in 133 theatres regionally in the United States and grossed $140,980 for the weekend.