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Henry Hill (1999)

Suffering from stage fright, a talented and shy violinist learns to conquer his fears with the help of a woman.


(as David G. Kantar)


(as David G. Kantar)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gertrude Cox Hill (as Susan J. Blommaert)
Young Henry Hill (as Andy B.P. Bowser)
John Griesemer ...
Charles Casper Hill
Nicole Hill
Ward Hill (as James J. Villemaire)
Sam Boynton ...
Young Ward Hill
Malina Dumas ...
Young Nicole
Richard Bowman ...
Stanley Cox
Michael Kimball ...
Owen Cox
Mary Diveny ...
Tabitha Cox (as Mary Diveny Muenzen)
Janet Mitchko ...
Oliver's Mother
Io Tillett Wright ...
Oliver Wendell Holmes (as IO Wright)
William G. Kantar ...
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Suffering from stage fright, a talented and shy violinist learns to conquer his fears with the help of a woman.

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance





Release Date:

25 October 1999 (USA)  »

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Play for Me  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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Charles Casper Hill: [selling tickets] Enjoy the show. That's my son, you know...
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Composed by Dina Fanelli
Performed by Dina Fanelli
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2 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This isn't Shine or even Benny and Joon, and that's what makes it special. So many small aspects of this film make it work. It's more a film about relationships than high art—and not essential relationships or even sexual ones. Henry's family is fringe for him. As he realizes, everyone is living his or her life, and he needs to live his without dependency. Cynthia is not the typical wholesome or bohemian or wealthy muse. She's not even particularly supportive of or interested in Henry's music. She has her own agenda—whatever it may be. And she's not even some grand awakening for Henry. Moira Kelly doesn't let her sweet face soften the character. Jamie Harrold's fantastic, signature facial expressions are there—albeit in drunker manifestations. He blends considerate, angry, simple, brilliant, slovenly, and conflicted in a manner that's always believable and never excessive or cliché. He plays the quirky artist without a grandiose moment.

The little gestures from the characters make this film (and the characters themselves) valuable: the father's awkward arm-pat, the mother opening the honey jar, the brother's crude practical wisdom, the sister's bathroom pep talk that doesn't completely make sense. They give to Henry what they have to give. So does Cynthia. Henry gathers these up and gives his performance—not a sweaty, earth-shattering display in a velvety auditorium but a simple, lovely moment in a community theater. Those bits the people in his life give him are enough, as they have to be enough for everyone.

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