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Henry Fool (1997)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 19 June 1998 (USA)
Socially inept garbage man Simon is befriended by Henry Fool, a witty roguish, but talentless novelist. Henry opens a magical world of literature to Simon who turns his hand to writing the ... See full summary »

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Hal Hartley

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Jay Ryan ... Henry Fool
James Urbaniak ... Simon Grim
Parker Posey ... Fay Grim
Maria Porter Maria Porter ... Mary
James Saito ... Mr. Deng
Kevin Corrigan ... Warren
Liam Aiken ... Ned
Miho Nikaido ... Gnoc Deng
Gene Ruffini Gene Ruffini ... Officer Buñuel
Nicholas Hope ... Father Hawkes
Diana Ruppe ... Amy
Veanne Cox ... Laura
Jan Leslie Harding Jan Leslie Harding ... Vicky
Chaylee Worrall Chaylee Worrall ... Pearl (age 7)
Christy Carlson Romano ... Pearl - Age 14 (as Christy Romano)
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Storyline

Socially inept garbage man Simon is befriended by Henry Fool, a witty roguish, but talentless novelist. Henry opens a magical world of literature to Simon who turns his hand to writing the 'great American poem'. As Simon begins his controversial ascent to the dizzying heights of Nobel Prize winning poet, Henry sinks to a life of drinking in low-life bars. The two friends fall out and lose touch until Henry's criminal past catches up with him and he needs Simon's help to flee the country. Written by Josh Mueller <jomuelle@mailbox.syr.edu>

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexuality, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,939, 21 June 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,338,335
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Henry Fool: The greats all say the same thing: little. And what little there is to be said is immense. Or, in other words, follow your own genius to where it leads without regard for the apparent needs of the world at large, which, in fact, has no needs as such, but, rather, moments of exhaustion in which it is incapable of prejudice. We can only hope to collide with these moments of unselfconsciousness. This divine fatigue. This...
Fay Grim: Push over.
Henry Fool: As I tried to make plain in Paris: 'Nous savons que nous avons ...
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Hartley comes of age.
18 April 1999 | by mifunesamuraiSee all my reviews

An insightful piece on the collapse of a world gone mad. Our central figures consist of Henry Fool who enters the simple life of Simon, the garbage person. All hell breaks loose as simple Simon unleashes his sedate wrath in the form of a poem, (that we, the viewer, never get to read but know of its power from the trouble it causes). A little epic that says more about the USA than any other film has over the last decade. Director, John Sayles, has come close on a number of occasions but not in this grander manner.


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