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The following is a list of Harry Nilsson related videos which are currently available (or were recently available) commercially. This page is still under construction.

All That Jazz

"Director/choreographer Bob Fosse actually tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider), a womanizing, drug-using dancer. Features Harry's "Perfect Day." The video is currently available in VHS format from [Videoflicks] and [Amazon.com].

The Fisher King

Arthurian mythology and modern day decay seem perfect complements to each other in this Terry Gilliam drama/comedy/fantasy. Shock jock Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges) makes an off-handed radio remark that causes a man to go on a killing spree, leaving Lucas unhinged with guilt. Lucas's later, chance meeting with Parry (Robin Williams), a homeless man suffering from dementia, gets him involved in the unlikely quest for the Holy Grail. Harry Nilsson performs How About You as a part of The Fisher King soundtrack. The video is currently available in VHS and DVD format from [Videoflicks] and [Amazon.com].

The Ice Storm

Ice cold adaptation of Rick Moody's much-praised novel about a real-life ice storm in 1973 and how it parallels activities in upscale New Canaan, Connecticut. A sober and absorbing chronicle of sexuality in 70s suburbia. The coldness throughout the entire film harldy prepares one for the heart-wrenching finale. Harry Nilsson's "Coconut" appears in the film. The video is currently available in VHS format from [Videoflicks] and [Amazon.com].

In God We Trust

Marty Feldman stars as an innocent monk who encounters all sorts of worldly degeneracy and always comes out ahead. Features an alternate version of Harry performing "Good For God." Available from [Videoflicks] and [Amazon.com].

Jenny

A convenience marriage is arranged between an unmarried pregnant girl and a young man who wants to avoid the draft. The "perfect" marriage takes a new slant when Jenny starts to fall in love with her husband. Harry's performance of "Waiting" is used in the film. The video is currently available in VHS format from [Videoflicks] and [Amazon.com].

Midnight Cowboy

The first, and only, X-rated film to win a best picture Academy Award. "Midnight Cowboy," director John Schlesinger used Harry's version of "Everybody's Talkin'" as an example of the kind of song he wished to use in the film. After auditioning other songs including Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay" and Harry's "I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City" Schlesinger finally decided to use ... "Everybody's Talkin'."

"Everybody's Talkin'" became Harry's first number one hit and won him his first Grammy®. Available from [Videoflicks] and [Amazon.com].

The Point!

Once upon a time in the town of Point, everything - all the buildings, trees, and even the people - were pointed. Except for one little round-headed kid named Oblio. Written by Harry Nilsson and featuring the hit song "Me and My Arrow", "The Point!" tells the story of Oblio and his dog Arrow through narration and song. Unfortunately "The Point!" video seems to be out-of-print at this time. Please visit The Point! Web Pages for the lastest information.

Popeye

Robin Williams stars as the cartoon hero in this live-action film. The film's score and songs are by Harry Nilsson. See the Popeye Web Pages for more information. The video is currently available in VHS format from [Videoflicks] and [Amazon.com].

Real Life

Albert Brooks's psuedo-documentary features Harry's "Jump Into the Fire". Available from [Videoflicks] and [Amazon.com].

Reservoir Dogs

Harry Nilsson's "Coconut" is featured in the soundtrack of this graphic film from director Quentin Tarantino. Available from [Videoflicks] and [Amazon.com].

The Telephone

Whoopi Goldberg as an eccentric out-of-work actress, disconnected from reality, who ignores the threatening calls from her many creditors, choosing instead to amuse herself with the telephone. But her quiet and whimsical evening alone turns into a circus - one with a crazy grand finale. Harry Nilsson and Terry Southern wrote the screenplay. The video is currently out-of-print but has been spotted on the shelves at some retailers. Videoflicks.com will try to find a used copy for you. Just visit their site and enter your e-mail address. You might also find the video through online auction sites. Use the form below to search mulitple auction sites for the video.


That'll Be The Day

David Essex stars as a British youth who leaves home to work at a Holiday Camp where he meets a "Teddy Boy" played by Ringo Starr (in one of his best performances).

It's been said that producer David Puttnam was impressed by Harry's song "1941" and asked writer Ray Connolly to create a screenplay based on it. The resulting film, "That'll Be the Day," does not closely resemble the story in the song. It is rumored that Harry made a cameo appearance in the film which may have ended up on the cutting room floor.

The video is available in VHS and DVD format from Amazon.com.

You've Got Mail

You've Got Mail Four songs recorded by Harry Nilsson are featured in the film "You've Got Mail." Visit the "You've Got Mail" page for more information.

Ziggy's Gift

Ziggy, of Tom Wilson's comic strip, has a Christmas adventure in this Emmy-winning TV special. When he becomes a streetside Santa for charity, Ziggy doesn't realize the donations are really lining the boss's pockets. Harry wrote and sings the song "Give, Love, Joy." "Ziggy's Gift" won an Emmy for "Outstanding Animated Special" in 1982. Harry's friend, Perry Botkin composed the music for the show.

Although it is no longer in print, you may be able to order a used copy of "Ziggy's Gift" on VHS video tape from VideoFlicks. Also, the video is often available on eBay and other auction sites. Use the following form to search multiple auction sites for the video. Please don't get carried away and drive the prices too high. There seem to be many copies of the video available since it usually is listed several times on the auction sites. And it could be commercially available again at any time.





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