• NR
  • 1h 44m
  • 1950
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James Stewart gives one of his finest performances in this lighthearted film, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Stewart stars as the good-natured Elwood P. Dowd, whose constant companion is Harvey, a six-foot tall rabbit that only he can see. To his sister, Veta Louise, Elwood’s obsession with Harvey has been a thorn in the side of her plans to marry off her daughter. But when Veta Louise decides to put Elwood in a mental hospital, a hilarious mix-up occurs and she finds herself committed instead. It’s up to Elwood to straighten out the mess with his kindly philosophy, and his “imaginary” friend, in this popular classic that features a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award®-winning performance by Josephine Hull.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TIME Magazine

Unhappily, what the film also borrows from the play, and somehow makes more conspicuous, is a tend...

June 22, 2017
Variety Staff

Harvey, Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize play, loses little of its whimsical comedy charm in the screen...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Bosley Crowther

If you're for warm and gentle whimsey, for a charmingly fanciful farce and for a little touch of p...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Derek Adams

Charming, lightweight stuff (from a play by Mary Chase), so long as you can take Stewart's ingenuo...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Jimmy Stewart + a 6' rabbit = a family delight.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is a gentle, consistently funny, and endearing story of a man who may or may not be crazy and his best friend, an invisible 6-foot 3 1/2-inch rabbit named Harvey. The movie raises the possibility that what defines "crazy" for one person may be the perfect definition of happiness for another. Wonderful acting, rich characters, and nonstop subtle humor will keep children and parents laughing. But there are a number of references to the possibility of alcoholism here and plenty of bar scenes and drinking.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Family
  • Release Date:October 13, 1950
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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