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Bye Bye Harry

Bye Bye Harry
Scene from "Bye Bye Harry" (photo © NFP/Detlef Overmann)

Emma and Ian used to be together, and if only Emma hadn't been so impulsive, and Ian hadn't always come up with crazy get-rich-quick schemes, who knows, they'd probably still be a couple! For the moment they're back together since Ian claims to have a buyer for the classic Jaguar that Emma has poured all her savings into. Ian is convinced that if he strikes it rich, he'll win Emma back.

On the way to the mystery buyer, Ian plans to visit his brother Stuart and sister-in-law Sophie at their country chalet. Ian wants to show his brother, who's always mocked his harebrained schemes, that he's finally going to make it. Unfortunately, he only makes it into a tree, since he lost control of the Jaguar and flipped over. To get the car back onto the road and running again, Stuart calls on two Moldavian goons. The good news: they get the car down from the tree. The bad news: they totally wreck it in the process...

Ian has to come up with another idea to make money. How about kidnapping the corpse of famed comedian Harry Hackett, who just died, and demanding a ransom? No sooner said than done. The only thing is, Stuart does it first, with the help of the Moldavians, whom he tries to double-cross. Before anyone can say "Bye Bye Harry" for good, confused cops will give chase to bumbling body snatchers, while romantic escapades will provide respite for the stressed plotters. In the end, Ian still isn't rich – but at least he's won back the heart of his beloved Emma...


Robert Young studied Acting and Theater at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He went to the U.S. with the Old Vic Company and worked as a stage director from 1963 to 1967. He began directing for 20th Century Fox in 1967. His feature film credits include Captain Jack (1998), Fierce Creatures with John Cleese, Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis (1995), and the Eric Idle comedy Splitting Heirs (1993). A prolific TV director, he also has many small-screen productions to his credit such as LWT\'s Jane Eyre (1996), one episode of The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells (2000) and one episode of the popular Inspector Lynley detective series (2001).
Genre Romantic Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Robert Young
Screenplay Graham Alborough
Cinematography Hannes Hubach
Jeremy Strachan
James Barker, Tim Despic
André Fonsny, Viera Dandova
Cast Iddo Goldberg, Johanna Page, Veronica Ferres, Tim Dutton, Bela B. Felsenheimer, Til Schweiger
Producers Patrik Pass, Jean-Luc Van Damme, Ruth Baumgarten, Eliza Mellor, Gabriela Pfaendner, Alexander Thies
Production Company NFP/Halle (Saale), in co-production with No Snow Productions/London, Banana Films/Brussels, Trigon Productions/Bratislava
Length 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 English
Festivals Teplice 2006
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Eurimages, Motion Investment Group/CinePartners Belgium One, Hessen Invest, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenboard, Hessische Filmfoerderung, MEDIA Plus, Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic
German Distributor NFP Marketing & Distribution*

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