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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 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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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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Miracles. Magic. Mayhem. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

John Huston, who had long suffered from emphysema, personally asked Robert Mitchum to take his part in this film after he was hospitalized with pneumonia. Mitchum filmed the role during a break from War and Remembrance (1988). See more »

Goofs

During the time-period of this movie, the Newport Casino did not have a tennis court located where it is shown in the movie. It was merely an open lawn. See more »

Quotes

Theophilus North: Madam, I suggest that you encourage your children to play with matches!
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THOSE SWEET LIES YOU TOLD ME
Written, Arranged & produced by David McHugh
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Surprise - Nostalgic, Charming & Well-Acted (but weirdly written)
8 April 2010 | by bbbbosmaSee all my reviews

I have to admit that I am fascinated by this movie. It has some of the best acting I ever have seen set beside some of the most ill-at-ease.

You can feel the influence of Thornton Wilder in the dialogue as the words trill across the ear. But it seems at times that the writer started out to write a play & ended up with a movie.

There is an enormous charm to this movie. The writing is a bit ... odd... at times, but creates a compelling story.

The acting is incredibly sweet and natural, for the most part (Mitchum is painfully awkward at first, Bacall overacts, and a couple of small parts are acted like a middle school play).

Anthony Edwards as Mr. North is astoundingly superb. Honestly, I am "shocked" at how charming he makes this character.

The writing may have helped the acting, actually, as it seems that cast must push against the occasionally slow screenplay to make their words more believable. It's almost a marvel to behold how good some of the acting is at times.

I wish my kids would sit still long enough to see a sweet movie like this.

If you want to be in a better mood, watch this charming movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. North - Liebling der Götter 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 (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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