Wild About Harry (2000 film)

Wild About Harry is a 2000 British comedy film directed by Declan Lowney and written by Colin Bateman. The film stars Brendan Gleeson, Amanda Donohoe, James Nesbitt, Adrian Dunbar, Bronagh Gallagher and Ruth McCabe. The film was released on 26 October 2001 by United International Pictures.[1][2][3]

Wild About Harry
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byDeclan Lowney
Screenplay byColin Bateman
Produced byLaurie Borg
Robert Cooper
StarringBrendan Gleeson
Amanda Donohoe
James Nesbitt
Adrian Dunbar
Bronagh Gallagher
Ruth McCabe
CinematographyRon Fortunato
Edited byTim Waddell
Music byMurray Gold
Distributed byUnited International Pictures
Release date
  • 5 October 2000 (2000-10-05) (Dinard Festival of British Cinema)
  • 26 October 2001 (2001-10-26) (United Kingdom)
Running time
91 minutes
CountriesUnited Kingdom


Harry McKee is a successful television chef for a regional broadcaster. Although he has been in the newspapers a lot because of his alcoholic chap, he is very popular with viewers. In his private life, however, things look different for him: his wife Ruth, whom he has betrayed several times, wants to divorce him. Somewhat emotionally agitated, he exposes local politician Walter Adair in his cooking show by making fun of his sexual preferences. Harry collapses in the ensuing court case, in which the details of his divorce are to be clarified.

When he wakes up after a few days in a coma, Harry suffers from amnesia. The last 25 years seem to have been erased from his memory. He is now in the same hospital as the politician Adair, who has had to seek treatment since fleeing from intrusive journalists and falling from a bridge.

Although Harry's wife and children do not really want to believe him and consider amnesia to be a ploy to delay the divorce, they take him back home. Using old photo albums, they try to refresh his memory. On the advice of the doctors, however, they hide his TV cooking career from him.

However, he is informed about this by his friend and lawyer. He also learns from him that his wife wants to divorce him. Although Harry's complete memory has not yet come back, his unit manager urges him to get back to the cooking shows. During the first show a viewer suddenly disrupts the process. It is Walter Adair, disguised as a woman, who draws a gun and threatens Harry. The program will then also go live on national channels. The meanwhile refined cook wants to give himself up to his fate when suddenly Ruth appears. After she succeeds in disarming Adair, she promises Harry to make up with him again. However, she insists on the divorce and challenges him to reconsider his life. Only when he was absolutely sure that he wanted a future together with her should he contact her again. Harry predicts that he will contact her the same day and ends - as if nothing had happened - his cooking show by announcing the guests of the next show.



  1. ^ Nev Pierce (2001-10-18). "Films - review - Wild about Harry". BBC. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  2. ^ "Wild About Harry (2000) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  3. ^ Mark Deming. "Wild About Harry (2000)". AllMovie. Retrieved 2018-04-03.

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