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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.

Director:

Mark Pellington

Writer:

Albert Torres
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Wilson ... Henry Poole
Radha Mitchell ... Dawn Stupek
Adriana Barraza ... Esperanza Martinez
George Lopez ... Father Salazar
Cheryl Hines ... Meg Wyatt
Richard Benjamin ... Dr. Fancher
Morgan Lily ... Millie Stupek
Rachel Seiferth ... Patience
Beth Grant ... Josie
Dan Callahan ... Hospital Young Doctor
Earl Carroll Earl Carroll ... Mr. Lawrence
Noah Dahl Noah Dahl ... Young Henry
Gloria Garayua ... Female Worshipper
Molly Hagan ... Pediatrician
Michelle Krusiec ... Young Nurse
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Changing his attitude will take a miracle.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El milagro de Henry Poole See more »

Filming Locations:

La Habra, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$805,219, 17 August 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,836,515
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Henry Poole: This used to be my room. This was the last place I remember being happy. And even then, I can barely remember it.
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Soundtracks

Morning Yearning
Written and Performed by Ben Harper
Courtesy of Virgin Records America
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Forget where you came from...
15 February 2009 | by revster-1See all my reviews

To me the message was not about religion or faith or fatalism (those tones did exist for the supporting characters which provided the motivation for their actions). For the main character Henry, when faced with mortality he regresses to his childhood experience and family of origin seeking to sort out "where it all went wrong". He states when standing in his old house "this is where my happiness ended". So many times when crisis enters our lives we ask why is this happening to me and relate it to our history and upbringing - maybe blaming or finding reasons; just trying to make sense of it. The message in this movie for me is MOVE ON. Although we are who we become we can move past this. The past is not now, old sadness cannot taint our present happiness - or shouldn't. For Henry, "dying" as per his medical condition freed him from his past that haunted him. He was now free to live new, just like the previous owner of the house who "could not remember how to be sad after a life of sadness". The director did a splendid job of delivering the message in a subtle and poignant way.


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