Deconstructing Harry

Synopsis: Harry Block is a well-regarded novelist whose tendency to thinly-veil his own experiences in his work, as well as his un-apologetic attitude and his proclivity for pills and whores, has left him with three ex-wives that hate him. As he is about to be honored for his writing by the college that expelled him, he faces writer's block and the impending marriage of his latest flame to a writer friend. As scenes from his stories and novels pass and interact with him, Harry faces the people whose lives he has affected - wives, lovers, his son, his sister.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Woody Allen
Production: New Line Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

l never could start|one those fires.

Dad, are you gonna have|chicken or meat?

Chicken's fine.

This is a brilliant article.|Norman!

-You read Ken's article on China?|-No, l haven't.

Terrific article.

And where is Ken?

He's in the house|watching the Yankee game.

Your husband comes for a day|in the country.

And heads straight|forthe TV set.

Ken, come on honey!

How many chicken?|How many hamburgers?

Two more outs. Three minutes.

Everybody's dying for a libation.

Make some of your famous|Stoli martinis.

Janet, when are you going|to have a child?

You've let your sister have a|big head start.

Let Leslie practice viola 6 hours|a day. lt's not so easy.

Leave her alone.

l came in to make drinks|for everybody.

-What are you doing? Want a drink?|-Sure.

l was.

This is nuts!

We gotta get out of here.

What? No, we'll get caught.

l see them by the lake.

They're deep in conversation.

Wait! There's Janet!

No. lt's okay.

You can't scare me like that.

l grind my teeth. Just don't|scare me like that.

Just a false alarm.

Listen, try not to actually chew.

Wouldn't it be great|to be off alone.

Just relaxed. You and me.

lt'd be so great.

Let's hang in. You never know.

Come on, open wide.

Turn the Yankee game off and|come out here now!

l will. Just one minute.|lt's almost over.

l'm done.

-Come any time you want.|-Can l?

l'm done!

l'm ready!

Leslie, is that you?

Can you lead me|down to the lake?

Just a minute, Grandma.

l'm making some martinis.

-Sure, dear.|-l want to finish.

Ken? ls that you?

Finish what?


-Come, Ken.|-Come?

Come, lead me to the lake.

Ever since l lost my second eye...

l feel so frail.

You don't have to moan.|lt's not that terrible.

Ken is hurrying, Grandma.

Would you do the olives?|Could you do them quickly?

You can use onions, too.

l prefer onions,|don't you, Ken?

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Boy, you must really|love onions!

-Lucy?|-You schmuck! You bastard!

l'd like to cut your head off.

You're upset, right?

You knew what'd happen!

What are you talking about?

Don't answer me, prick!

You knew! You just didn't|give a shit!

Take your coat off.

How could you write that book?

Are you so selfish...

you don't give a shit|who you destroy?

-l can tell you're angry.|-You told our whole story!

You gave me away to my sister!

Marvin's left me. He's gone.

lt was loosely based on us.

Don't bullshit me, motherfucker!

Do you think you're talking...

to one ofthose retarded|talk show hosts?

l lived through it with you.|l know how loosely based it is.

What, are you telling me your|blind grandmother...

caught us fucking?


Of course, you made a few|stupid exaggerations.

or, as the critics say:|"inspired comic flights".

But Jane recognized it.|You'd have to be sub-mental not to.

And Marvin was crushed!

Jane has suspected us for so long.

l know! And l denied it!

And now, you've gone...

and confirmed it all for her!

Big fucking deal!|You made Leslie shorter!

Big fucking deal!

But it's all here!

The schmuck country doctor,|the violinist...

her sister in Connecticut|cheating with her husband.

The picture window, for Chrissake!

Cruel observations about Marvin...

and his barbecue and chef's hat.

And of course, Jane,|or as you so pathetically...

disguise her...


Here it is:

"lt was not just that Leslie|was numbed...

with the spate of leaden|perceptions...

that passed for wit from Marvin.

Nor was the image|she shared with Ken...

of Marvin's flaccid|microscopic member...

jiggling up and down|as he tiptoed naked...

across the icy floor|oftheir home...

to close the storm windows.

Rate this script:(4.67 / 3 votes)

Woody Allen

Heywood "Woody" Allen is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, and playwright, whose career spans more than six decades. more…

All Woody Allen scripts | Woody Allen Scripts

FAVORITE (2 fans)

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "Deconstructing Harry" STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 7 Mar. 2021. <>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    Watch the movie trailer

    Deconstructing Harry

    The Marketplace:

    Sell your Script !

    Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!

    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.

    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.