1969 – directed by Michael Roemer – with Martin Priest, Ben Lang and Maxine Woods
The story behind this indie-sleeper is mythic--unable to get distribution in 1969, it sat on a shelf for twenty years before its triumphant premieres at the New York and Toronto Film Festivals. Shot on location in the Bronx, The Plot Against Harry is a funny, breezy tale about a Jewish gangster trying to get back into the game after a nine month stretch in prison. Deadpan, oddball and funny in all the right places, it's a terrific little movie in the tradition of Mean Streets, early Altman and Cassavetes.
PLUS!–an episode of John Cassavetes' rarely screened, jazz-fueled TV show Johnny Staccato and legendary animator Tex Avery at his best in Northwest Hounded Police! Five bucks (cheap!)