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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 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 <Kibble@vm.temple.edu>

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Some say he's a miracle man. Some say he's a fraud. You are about to meet a most unusual young man. See more »

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Mr. North - Liebling der Götter  »

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$1,221,366 (USA)
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John Huston, who had long suffered from emphysema, personally asked Robert Mitchum to take his part in this film after he was hospitalized with pneumonia. Mitchum filmed the role during a break from War and Remembrance (1988). See more »

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The rackets used during the scene set at the Newport Casino / International Tennis Hall of Fame are obviously from a more modern era, as well as having broken strings and generally being in poor condition. See more »

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Theophilus North: Madam, I suggest that you encourage your children to play with matches!
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Written, Arranged & Produced by David McHugh
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A delightful allegory of human nature.
19 September 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I have never seen anything by Thornton Wilder that I have not loved, including this film. Mr. Theophilus North is new to a small, wealthy town and he has a special healing power. He is a gentle, loving man who befriends a rich recluse (One of Robert Mitchum's most interesting roles since Night of the Hunter), who is being kept in sick mode by his family for their own devious goals: to hurry his death and their inheritance. When his power becomes known, he gains many friends and a few enemies. Theophilus North (Theophilus is from the Greek and means Lover of God) is a little reminiscent of Jesus and the film is an allegory of human nature: the desire, of everyone, to be healed and the desire of the powerful to maintain the status quo. The film is another Huston family project: John assisted with the delightful screenplay; Danny directed; Angelica and Alegra acted. I highly recommend the film to anyone who likes films that are unusual.


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