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Henry & Verlin (1996)

Verlin is 9 years old and does not talk, nor does he even seem to hear. Henry, a child-like adult, befriends Verlin and pulls him from his shell. Verlin's mother mistrusts Henry, who she ... See full summary »

Director:

Gary Ledbetter

Writers:

Ken Ledbetter (short stories), Gary Ledbetter | 4 more credits »
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4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Farmer ... Henry
Keegan MacIntosh Keegan MacIntosh ... Verlin
Nancy Beatty Nancy Beatty ... Minnie
Robert Joy ... Ferris
Joan Orenstein Joan Orenstein ... Agnes
Eric Peterson ... Lovejoy
Margot Kidder ... Mabel
David Cronenberg ... Doc Fisher
Wilfrid Bray Wilfrid Bray ... Elvin
Neil Dainard Neil Dainard ... Noel Winetree
J. Winston Carroll J. Winston Carroll ... Rev. Rutherford
Diana Belshaw Diana Belshaw ... Judith
Norma Edwards Norma Edwards ... Lydia
Deborah Lobban ... Matilda
Nadine Rabinovitch Nadine Rabinovitch ... Hilda
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Verlin is 9 years old and does not talk, nor does he even seem to hear. Henry, a child-like adult, befriends Verlin and pulls him from his shell. Verlin's mother mistrusts Henry, who she feels is dangerous. Eventually, Henry's family is convinced that he should be placed in an institution. Henry's sudden disappearance from Verlin's world drives him deeper into himself. Written by Fryingham

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Henry's Harmonica
Composed and played by Gary Farmer
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hard to find -- but worth the effort
31 March 1999 | by wcm-2See all my reviews

A disclaimer: My son is named after Kenneth Ledbetter and Ken was one of the finest men I have ever known. Gary Ledbetter -- all the Ledbetter family are friends.

This is a splendid "small" movie. Production values that in no way reveal it as a "small" movie; performances from one and all that convince you; and a story that leaves you feeling better for having watched it.

Filmed by Gary as a gift to his father (who died before it was complete) this film moves the stories from the Ozarks where they were originally set to Ontario. This story touches on the theme of "what do we do with the useless people". In this case the answer is love them.

I enjoyed it, my wife enjoyed it. Despite him being less than two at the time we watched it my son's attention was held by it -- I think because the protagonist was a small, blonde boy (like him). Don't let the comment above leave you thinking this is a kid's movie; it isn't.

You may have trouble finding it in your average video store, but take to time to look for it and you will not be disappointed.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1997 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Eyes That Went Away See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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