The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995)

PG  |   |  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:

Der wunderliche Mr. Cox  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)


$99,318 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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a good movie that nobody saw
9 October 2004 | by (abilene tx) – See all my reviews

It was a disappointment that this picture was not in wide release. Warner's and Malpaso productions took great care in assuring that every detail was perfect 1935 style. "Henrietta" was made here in the Abilene area and I ran the dailies at my theatre for eight weeks. I was also on the set most of the time and thought it to be a major production. Clint Eastwood produced, Bruce Surtees was the director of photography and the great Henry Bumstead did the production design. One of our best actors, Robert Duvall was cast as Mr. Cox and Aidean Quinn and Francis Fisher played Don Day and his wife. How could a picture like this miss? It played at only a few theaters and was quickly picked up by all the cable TV people. This film is far better than most of the movies being released today and I hope more people get to see it.

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