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Mr. North (1988)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  22 July 1988 (USA)
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Mr. North, a stranger to a small, but wealthy, Rhode Island town, quickly has rumors started about him that he has the power to heal people's ailments. The rumors are magnified by his ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Bosworth
Mrs. Cranston
Henry Simmons
Persis Bosworth-Tennyson
Elspeth Skeel
Sarah Baily-Lewis
Doctor McPherson
Hunter Carson ...
Galloper Skeel
Christopher Durang ...
YMCA Clerk
Mrs. Skeel
Thomas H. Needham ...
The Judge
Richard Woods ...


Mr. North, a stranger to a small, but wealthy, Rhode Island town, quickly has rumors started about him that he has the power to heal people's ailments. The rumors are magnified by his tendency to collect negative charges and give shocks to anyone he touches. In his adventures he befriends an old man who is a shut-in and helps him rediscover the world. Written by Kevin <>

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Release Date:

22 July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. North - Liebling der Götter  »

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$1,221,366 (USA)

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Robert Mitchum was cast at short notice as Mr. Bosworth because the original actor cast dropped out due to a serious illness. See more »


The Cole Porter song "You Do Something to Me" was prominently featured at the end of the film, including being played and sung by the band at the ball. The film was set in 1926, but Cole Porter did not publish this song until 1929. See more »


Theophilus North: Madam, I suggest that you encourage your children to play with matches!
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Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter
Performed, Arranged & Produced by David McHugh
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A film of great charm, wonderfully performed.
24 July 2001 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Mr. North is a charming,sophisticated and wittily performed comedy of manners.

There are no aliens, nor special effects. What there is is a cast of perfection, who performs this tongue in cheek delight flawlessly. Edwards, Bacall, Stanton and the great Robert Mitchum head a cast that has just the right touch for this adaptation of Thornton Wilder's novel.

Newport, Rhode Island is the exquisite setting for this little jewel.

I could not help but wish that the film had been more successful financially, for then we might have availed ourselves of The Further Adventures of Mr. North.

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