Henry is a lawyer who survives a shooting only to find he cannot remember anything. As if that weren't enough, Henry also has to recover his speech and mobility, in a life he no longer fits into. Fortunately, Henry has a loving wife and daughter to help him. Written by
Harrison Ford nearly turned down the role of Henry because the character was a trial lawyer. He had just played one in Presumed Innocent (1990), and was afraid of being typecast. He took the role when he realized that Henry would only be functioning as a lawyer for the first ten minutes of the film. See more »
When Henry's secretary pours his coffee the first time he comes back to the office, she tells him to say "when" and start pouring the milk. It immediately comes to the top but she continues to pour. Next you see a close-up of the cup with her pouring even more in the cup but it's not at the top. See more »
That table in my dining room is not the table I ordered. That table looks like a... Goddamn turtle. I demand the table I ordered within the next few days.
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A scummy lawyer gets shot in the head and becomes the nicest guy in the world.....what a great concept!
Henry (Harrison Ford) is a terrific but dastardly lawyer. Defending a hospital for negligence against a poverty-stricken diabetic, Henry wins! Its not the first time the little folks have gotten the shaft from Henry. He lives in a posh New York City apartment with his beautiful wife (Annette Bening) and sweet daughter. Yet, things are strained on the home front between the couple and money goes through their hands like water. However, one evening when Henry slips out to buy cigarettes at the shop around the corner, he is caught in a holdup and ends up getting shot. There is considerable brain damage and the doctors can not tell Henry's wife just what his future holds. Thus begins a lengthy rehabilitation for the once-brilliant lawyer that includes learning to speak and write all over again. He makes great strides with the help of a very caring therapist. Most importantly, Henry changes from a person with a very dark demeanor to one who is almost innocent in his view of the world. Still, many secrets remain, mostly from Henry's past life at the law firm. Can Henry and his wife overcome their problems and stay together? This is a very nice movie with plenty of heartwarming scenes. Ford has never been better than he is here, for his role runs the gamut from despicable lawyer to a disabled man struggling to speak and relearn basic skills. Bening is also great as the wife who finds a way to fall in love with her husband all over again. The rest of the cast is also quite nice, especially the gentleman who plays Henry's therapist. Then, too, the sets, costumes, direction and production are very worthy. Still, the movie's themes are the most important aspects of the film, as the film questions the integrity of the law profession and also ponders whether the best part of a person is his heart or his brain. Regarding all of the films, sitting on the shelves of a video store, this one is something special. Don't delay in garnering a view for you and your partner soon.
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