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Mr. North -- The 1920s...  A young Yale graduate arrives in elite Newport, Rhode Island, as a tutor and ends up touching the citizens in seemingly magical ways.


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Writers (WGA):
Thornton Wilder (novel)
Janet Roach (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
22 July 1988 (USA) See more »
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 »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anthony Edwards ... Theophilus North

Robert Mitchum ... Mr. Bosworth

Lauren Bacall ... Mrs. Cranston

Harry Dean Stanton ... Henry Simmons

Anjelica Huston ... Persis Bosworth-Tennyson

Mary Stuart Masterson ... Elspeth Skeel

Virginia Madsen ... Sally Boffin

Tammy Grimes ... Sarah Baily-Lewis

David Warner ... Doctor McPherson

Hunter Carson ... Galloper Skeel
Christopher Durang ... YMCA Clerk

Mark Metcalf ... Mr.Skeel

Katharine Houghton ... Mrs. Skeel (as Katherine Houghton)
Thomas H. Needham ... The Judge
Richard Woods ... Willis
Harriet Rogers ... Tante Liselotte
Layla Summers ... Nadia Denby
Lucas Hall ... Joseph Denby
Thomas-Laurence Hand ... Luther Denby
Linda Peterson ... Mrs. Denby
Cleveland Amory ... Mr. Danforth

Christopher Lawford ... Michael Patrick Ennis III
Albert A. Conti ... Arresting Officer
Ellen Latzen ... Ada (as Ellen Hamilton Latzen)
Katherine Wiatt ... Eloise
Jason Adams ... Johnny
Arthur Bowen ... Claybourne Tantamount
Marietta Tree ... Amanda Venable
Richard Kneeland ... Buster Venable
Allegra Huston ... Miss Welmore
Barbara Blossom ... YMCA Visitor
Mara Clark ... YMCA Visitor
Belle McDonald ... YMCA Visitor
Bill L. McDonald ... YMCA Visitor
John Heeney McKay ... YMCA Visitor
William A. Lynch ... Bartender (as William Lynch)
David Kennett ... Patron in Billiard Parlor
Richard McElvain ... Patron in Billiard Parlor
Richard Seguin ... Patron in Billiard Parlor
Frank Dolan ... Patron in Billiard Parlor
Richard Snee ... Patron in Billiard Parlor (as Richard C. Snee)

Dick Durock ... The Bouncer
Al Ruban ... Court Clerk
Helen Gustafson ... Courtroom Spectator
Ann Brennan ... Courtroom Spectator
John Mulqueeney ... Man on Porch #1
Martin H. Myers ... Man on Porch #2
Geraldine LiBrandi ... Nurse Chalmers
Jack McCullough ... Warrant Officer
Arthur Skip Steloff ... Mino Matera
Anna Severa ... Rosa
Seth T. Walker ... Runner #1
Helen A. Ksypka ... Runner #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Patrick Bohan ... Boy with Hat (uncredited)
Michael Bruce ... Working Man In Court Room (uncredited)

Scott J. Fisher ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Christopher Kinsella ... Extra (uncredited)

James Donnell Quinn ... Fairground Boy (uncredited)

Jerry Quinn ... YMCA Visitor (uncredited)

Directed by
Danny Huston 
Writing credits
Thornton Wilder (novel "Theophilus North")

Janet Roach (screenplay) &
John Huston (screenplay) and
James Costigan (screenplay)

Produced by
David R. Ames .... associate producer
Sandra Birnhak Ames .... associate producer
Steven Haft .... producer
John Huston .... executive producer
Tom Shaw .... co-producer
Skip Steloff .... producer
Original Music by
David McHugh (music scored by)
Cinematography by
Robin Vidgeon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Roberto Silvi 
Casting by
Risa Bramon Garcia  (as Risa Bramon)
Billy Hopkins 
Production Design by
Eugene Lee 
Set Decoration by
Sandra Nathanson 
Costume Design by
Rita Riggs 
Makeup Department
Fríða Aradóttir .... hair stylist (as Frida S. Aradottir)
Gandhi Bob Arrollo .... key makeup artist (as Robert Arrollo)
Fern Buchner .... special makeup effects artist (as Fern Buckner)
Anthony Cortino .... special hair stylist
Keis Maes .... makeup artist
Brenda McNally .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Eric Barrett .... post-production supervisor
Al Ruban .... executive in charge of production: Heritage Entertainment
Tom Shaw .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John 'Joe' Brooks .... second assistant director
Anthony J. Cerdone .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jeff Balsmeyer .... storyboard artist
Sarah Jackson Burt .... painter (as Sarah Burt)
Alfred Chin .... painter
Joeseph Coelho Jr. .... painter
Kathleen Fillion .... scenic artist
Brian Holland .... carpenter
James D. Hoxeng .... carpenter
Christopher J. Kane .... carpenter
Tony Lindas .... carpenter (as Anthony Lindas)
George A. Marcincavage .... carpenter
Michael McGarty .... construction supervisor
Terrence O'Leary Jr. .... painter
Shauna Sampson .... painter
Randi Savoy .... assistant property master
Robert Schleinig .... property master (as Robert H. Schleinig)
Sound Department
Jeanette Browning .... sound recordist
Phil Haberman .... sound editor
Wayne Heitman .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
Karen Kory .... assistant sound editor
Marvin I. Kosberg .... supervising dialogue editor
Anthony Palk .... supervising sound editor (as Tony Palk)
Bill Randall .... boom operator (as William Randall Jr.)
William Randall .... sound mixer (as William Randall Sr.)
Bruce Weitz .... ultra stereo consultant
Michael Lee Baron .... stunt coordinator
Warren A. Stevens .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Erich Augenstein .... grip
Bob Becchio .... electrician (as Robert Becchio)
David Chapman .... grip
Stephen Drinon .... electrician (as Scott Drinon)
Alex Drought .... electrician
Michael S. Endler .... first assistant camera (as Michael Endler)
Stephen Girouard .... grip
Elizabeth Hanson .... electrician
Frank Keever .... key grip
William Kenney .... dolly grip (as William G. Kenney)
Richard Lewis .... best boy grip
John C. MacNeil .... Steadicam operator
Ross A. Maehl .... gaffer (as Ross Maehl)
Albert Malvaez .... second assistant camera
Philip Michelson .... grip
Frank Miranda .... electrician
Anthony K. Roberts .... still photographer
Maureen A. Ryan .... electrician (as Maureen Ryan)
Stephen G. Shank .... camera operator (as Steven Shank)
Phil Walker .... best boy electric (as Philip Walker)
Casting Department
Ann Baxter .... location casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Suzanne Baldaia .... wardrobe assistant
Karen A. Gilbert .... wardrobe assistant
Steven Light .... wardrobe assistant
Deborah Newhall .... assistant to costume designer
Marilyn Salvatore .... wardrobe assistant
Ann S. Smith .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Kevin W. Angeletti .... apprentice editor
James Sheridan .... negative cutter (as Jim Sheridan)
Keith M. Sheridan .... assistant film editor
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
Deborah Zeitman .... assistant film editor
Alan Jacques .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Walt Borchers .... scoring crew
Terry Brown .... scoring crew
Chuck Garsha .... scoring crew
John R. Harris .... music editor
Seth Kaplan .... music supervisor: O.S.S.
David McHugh .... music arranger
David McHugh .... music producer
David McHugh .... orchestrator
Dennis Ricotta .... music editor
Armin Steiner .... score engineer
Greg Townley .... source music engineer
Nicholas Viterelli .... source music engineer (as Nick Viterelli)
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Amaral .... driver
Steve Anton .... driver
Edward Baffori .... driver
Ronnie Baker .... transportation coordinator
Frank L. Calabro .... driver
Daniel Ferreira .... driver
Peter Leone .... driver
John J. Meehan .... driver
Lewis A. Perrotti .... driver
Raymond J. Reall Sr. .... driver
Frederick R. Reed .... driver
Steven Reeves .... driver
Charles Scherza .... driver (as Charles Scherra)
Allie Souza .... driver
Fylis Souza .... driver
Charles Stevens .... driver
Ronald H. Sweet .... transportation captain
James Vickers .... driver
Other crew
Diana Adams .... production accountant: Newport (as Diana Johnson)
Christine Altomari .... production secretary
Ernest Anderson .... unit publicist (as Ernie Anderson)
Virginia Baldwin .... housing liaison
Virginia Baldwin .... location liaison
David Coffey .... office assistant: Los Angeles
Albert Conti .... police officer
Robert Dawson .... title designer
Marquerite de Pourtales .... assistant: Danny Houston
Doug Dempsey .... assistant to producers
Danielle F. Ferreira .... production assistant: Newport
Diane Flanagan .... intern
Karen Golden .... script supervisor
Alan Jacques .... projectionist
Susan Jensen .... production accountant: Los Angeles
Ted Leonard .... antique car provider
Linda Maehl .... stand-in
George T. Nelson .... production assistant: Newport
Jill Niemond .... assistant to producers
William J. Norbury .... stand-in
Patty Raya .... additional production coordinator (as Patricia Raya-MacMillian)
Ken Reiner .... production executive
Robert Santaniello .... projectionist
Jeffrey Santoro .... office assistant: Los Angeles
Anne Shaw .... production coordinator (as Anne M. Shaw)
Steve Anton .... special thanks
Lisa Birnbach .... special thanks
John Cherol .... special thanks
Jim Farley .... special thanks
Daniel Ferreira .... special thanks
Maricella Hernandez .... special thanks
Monique Pannagio .... special thanks
Amy Shapiro .... special thanks
Tom Sturges .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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93 min
Color (Metrocolor)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Theophilus North:Madam, I suggest that you encourage your children to play with matches!See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Very likable., 19 January 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I think I scored this slight film as high as I did because not only did it have a likable script and likable characters, but it was also nice for an old film buff like me because the film features a couple surprising appearances in supporting roles. Although big stars, Robert Mitchum, Angelica Huston and Lauren Bacall provide support to a film anchored, surprisingly, by a young Anthony Edwards. I say surprisingly because this was well before his "ER" days. Sure, he'd appeared in "Revenge of the Nerds" and "Top Gun", but he was still far from being a star--yet here, the entire film rests on his shoulders--very capable shoulders it turned out to be.

Edwards stars as Theophilus North--a very poor graduate of one of the elite universities in the nation. Being poor, he makes a living as a reader to the rich elite in Newport, Rhode Island during the 1920s. While he has a relatively lowly job, his incredibly sweet personality make him a guy people just seem to like. And, being very thoughtful and kind, you can't help but root for the guy. Eventually, he does make a name for himself--and gains some fame as a faith healer--although he keeps telling people he is NOT a miracle worker--just a guy with a strange physical anomaly. I could say a lot more about the film--but really don't want to ruin it.

The film has a very simple story and modest pretensions. It is NOT a big-name Hollywood production and yet, oddly, the film has great support and a nice script. It's not brilliant--but quirky and likable. See this one if you want to see what Hollywood can do IF they don't look for huge special effects, explosions and the like. Very likable and endearing.

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