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Mr. North (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 22 July 1988 (USA)
Mr. North, a stranger to a small, but wealthy, Rhode Island town, quickly has rumors started about him that he has the power to heal people's ailments. The rumors are magnified by his ... See full summary »

Director:

Danny Huston

Writers:

Thornton Wilder (novel), Janet Roach (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Edwards ... Theophilus North
Robert Mitchum ... Mr. Bosworth
Lauren Bacall ... Mrs. Cranston
Harry Dean Stanton ... Henry Simmons
Anjelica Huston ... Persis Bosworth-Tennyson
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Elspeth Skeel
Virginia Madsen ... Sally Boffin
Tammy Grimes ... Sarah Baily-Lewis
David Warner ... Doctor Angus McPherson
Hunter Carson ... Galloper Skeel
Christopher Durang Christopher Durang ... YMCA Clerk
Mark Metcalf ... Mr.Skeel
Katharine Houghton ... Mrs. Skeel (as Katherine Houghton)
Thomas H. Needham Thomas H. Needham ... The Judge
Richard Woods Richard Woods ... Willis
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Storyline

Mr. North, a stranger to a small, but wealthy, Rhode Island town, quickly has rumors started about him that he has the power to heal people's ailments. The rumors are magnified by his tendency to collect negative charges and give shocks to anyone he touches. In his adventures he befriends an old man who is a shut-in and helps him rediscover the world. Written by Kevin <Kibble@vm.temple.edu>

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Meet a hero with powerful connections. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The Judge in the courtroom scene was an actual Rhode Island Superior Court Judge, not a professional actor. Judge Needham oversaw the first attempted murder trial of Claus von Bulow which took place in Newport, RI in 1982. See more »

Goofs

The rackets used during the scene set at the Newport Casino / International Tennis Hall of Fame are obviously from a more modern era, as well as having broken strings and generally being in poor condition. See more »

Quotes

Theophilus North: Madam, I suggest that you encourage your children to play with matches!
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WE WERE MEANT TO BE TOGETHER
Written, Arranged & Produced by David McHugh
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A delightful allegory of human nature.
19 September 2003 | by Tom MurraySee all my reviews

I have never seen anything by Thornton Wilder that I have not loved, including this film. Mr. Theophilus North is new to a small, wealthy town and he has a special healing power. He is a gentle, loving man who befriends a rich recluse (One of Robert Mitchum's most interesting roles since Night of the Hunter), who is being kept in sick mode by his family for their own devious goals: to hurry his death and their inheritance. When his power becomes known, he gains many friends and a few enemies. Theophilus North (Theophilus is from the Greek and means Lover of God) is a little reminiscent of Jesus and the film is an allegory of human nature: the desire, of everyone, to be healed and the desire of the powerful to maintain the status quo. The film is another Huston family project: John assisted with the delightful screenplay; Danny directed; Angelica and Alegra acted. I highly recommend the film to anyone who likes films that are unusual.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1988 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,036, 24 July 1988

Gross USA:

$1,221,366

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,221,366
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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