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The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995)

 -  Drama  -  15 September 1995 (USA)
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The setting is early America during the oil boom. An elderly, down on his luck 'oil man', Mr. Cox finds himself in the town of Henrietta. Using unconventional methods, he convinces himself ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Cox
Don Day
Cora Day
Big Dave McDermot
Beatric Day (eldest daughter)
Kaytlyn Knowles ...
Pauline Day
Mary Day (as Francesca Ruth Eastwood)
Big Dave's driver
Henry Nakai
Paul Lazar ...
Delbert Tims
Shirl (waitress)
Larry Ligstow (owner of Greek restaurant)
Wayne Dehart ...


The setting is early America during the oil boom. An elderly, down on his luck 'oil man', Mr. Cox finds himself in the town of Henrietta. Using unconventional methods, he convinces himself and local Don Day that there is oil on Day's land. The financially strapped Day puts everything into finding oil...but at what cost? Written by P. Wong <>

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Release Date:

15 September 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Stars Fell on Henrietta  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)


$99,318 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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When Mr. Cox (Robert Duvall) is speaking to Cecil, the hotel clerk, the same extra (a young, short man wearing a gray suit) appears in the background from two different camera angles. See more »


'Vesti La Giubba' from I Pagliacci
Written by Ruggero Leoncavallo (as Ruggerio Leoncavallo)
Performed by Enrico Caruso
Courtesy of Everest Records
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I Agree: One Of Those Unknown Good Ones
25 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, I've seen this fairly-unknown film three times now and perhaps that's enough, but I'm sorry that in late 2006 it is still not out on DVD. It deserves being seen on disc and discovered. Why this is so "unkonw," I don't know.

Robert Duvall, who almost never gives a bad performance, is excellent in here, too, as the ever-optimistic "Mr. Cox." He's a self-described oil man but in truth has never done anything noteworthy in the business. However, after finding himself in a small Texas town called "Henrietta," (which really exists) he thinks this one residence has a lot of oil on its property. The tough part is trying to convince the literally-poor landowner (Aiden Quinn) that he should invest $5,000 on a well.

All kinds of obstacles ensue - an nonsupporting wife (Frances Fisher), an antagonistic and hot-tempered villain who runs things in the area (Brian Dennehy) and just plain bad luck.

Duvall and his pet cat who sticks by him like glue throughout much of the film, keeps this story together.

When I first saw this, the whole movie fascinated me. Now, I don't enjoy the middle third where everything goes wrong. It's just too unpleasant, especially seeing a nice guy like Quinn's character be treated so coldly by his wife. I also to see the good guy, "Cox," doing what he did late in the film, although it certainly adds life to the story.

Nonetheless, it's definitely worth a look if you like a good drama and appreciate Duvall's talents.

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