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Henry Poole Is Here (2008)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  15 August 2008 (USA)
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Henry Poole moves in to a house in his old neighborhood, to spend what he believes are his remaining days alone. The discovery of a "miracle" by a nosy neighbor ruptures his solitude and restores his faith in life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Esperanza Martinez
Meg Wyatt
Dan Callahan ...
Hospital Young Doctor
Earl Carroll ...
Female Worshipper
Young Nurse


In a working class neighborhood in Los Angeles, a world weary Henry Poole buys a house, caring little about its lack of amenities. He drinks and eats pizza. Recent stucco work has left a brown stain in a patio wall, and, to Henry's irritation, Esperanza, a neighbor, is certain she can see the face of Jesus in the stain. She brings her priest, then others. Meanwhile, Henry hears his conversations replayed over the fence in another neighbor's yard: it's Millie, about 7, mute, clutching a tape recorder. He tells Millie's mom why he's sad and angry. The face on the wall seems to shed a tear of blood. Is Henry beyond feeling any emotion? Written by <>

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Changing his attitude will take a miracle.


Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG for thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El milagro de Henry Poole  »

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$805,219 (USA) (15 August 2008)


$1,835,293 (USA) (17 October 2008)

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When Henry and Mrs. Wyatt are talking in the backyard about the lousy stucco job he tells her "it's REALLY just a waste of time", but when Millie is playing back the recording she made of them talking, Henry says "it's KINDA just a waste of time". This shows that Millie's recorded playback was not their original conversation but was prerecorded. See more »


Henry Poole: [Henry is the target of a surprise water balloon attack] I surrender. You win. I surrender.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 16 August 2008 (2008) See more »


Written by Damon Gough
Performed by Damon Gough (as Badly Drawn Boy)
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd./Astralwerks
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Finally, an indie flick that isn't about drugs, sex, cursing, etc
16 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I rented it without much awareness of what it was about. Frankly, I had a free rental on my blockbuster account so i decided i was in the mood for a simple indie flick. So i rented it.

I am so happy to finally see a very well made indie film that isn't about drugs, sex, suicide, extreme amounts of cursing, and all the other elements that seem to make up a "good" indie film. I recently saw "The Wackness" and realized how fed up I am with people praising indie films that have no real substance. A lot of them, "the wackness" included, say nothing new and rely completely on the use of drugs, sex, and things like that to be "interesting." HPIH is very refreshing to see. Its a very well made indie flick with a great cast, story, and message. Yes, anytime there are films that deal with religion in a positive sense, people will say that it is contrived or over done, but I thought this film dealt with the subject matter very maturely and enjoyably. I am a Christian guy, but i don't like to watch films that are overly preachy or are just blatantly religious. So, I usually do not enjoy "religious" films. That is why I am so pleased to see a real indie film that just happens to deal with religious subject matter in a positive manner. The film isn't perfect and nor is any other film. But it is a good example of how a film can be moving, entertaining, and just a plain good movie without promoting or recklessly using drugs, sex, cursing, and other crap like that.

I commend the people involved with this project. I am very surprised that it was made outside of the religious film world. Thank you to the people who believed they could make a film like this, and I hope that more people follow.

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