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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
Galloper Skeel
Christopher Durang ...
YMCA Clerk
Mrs. Skeel (as Katherine Houghton)
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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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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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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1.85 : 1
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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 »


In the courtroom scene, the water pitcher on the judge's bench is a commercial foodservice type made of polycarbonate plastic, a material only first made in 1953. 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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" I want you to take my fortune and search the world for the finest Thinkers "
9 February 2010 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

In the late years of his life, actor Robert Mitchum played a number of roles which in my opinion miss their mark. From his acclaimed mountain man, Moon-shine whiskey runner in 'Thunder Road' to his heroic role in 'Winds of War', he was always a great actor and a bit larger than life. In this movie called " Mr. North " he plays an aging but wealthy patriarch Mr. Bosworth bent on doing something right for the world and his pet project. That project involves a remarkable young man named Theophilus North (Anthony Edwards) who it seems has a special gift and shocking personality which the town finds so incredible. Mrs. Cranston (Lauren Bacall), Henry Simmons (Harry Dean Stanton) and Persis Bosworth Tennyson (Anjelica Huston) find the young man remarkable and personable and seek to help him. In fact, with the exception of Doctor McPherson (David Warner) the town physician, everyone believes he is a natural 'Healer' something he emphatically denies. The movie is slow to develop but is seriously dramatic in that the individual is notably compassionate and wonderfully likable. A good and sincere film and one for Mitchum and Becall fans which make it worth seeing. ****

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