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The Book of Henry (2017)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 23 June 2017 (USA)
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With instructions from her genius son's carefully crafted notebook, a single mother sets out to rescue a young girl from the hands of her abusive stepfather.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Susan Carpenter
... Henry Carpenter
... Peter Carpenter
... Sheila
... Glenn Sickleman
... Dr. David Daniels
... Christina
... Principal Wilder
... John
... Mrs. Evans
... Tommy (as Max Simkins)
... Morris
... Nurse Leah
... Big Ed
... Gary


Juggling a job as a waitress and raising two boys on her own--little Peter, and the 11-year-old child prodigy, Henry--the single mother, Susan Carpenter, has a somewhat chaotic life, depending on Henry to manage the household's finances. However, things will take an unexpected turn, when Henry's innocent crush on the beautiful girl next door and hopeful ballet dancer, Christina, unveils a cruel and shocking revelation, dragging Susan in the middle of a dark conspiracy. Will the Carpenters take the law into their own hands; moreover, what's written inside Henry's little red book? Written by Nick Riganas

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Never leave things undone.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 June 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El libro secreto de Henry  »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,424,540, 16 June 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,219,536, 7 July 2017
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Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an interview with Chris Stuckmann, Colin Trevorrow said the screenplay was 20 years old. See more »


Henry is seen using a payphone to make stock trades. He is using fractions. While it could be just his personality/condition, US markets switched to decimals on April 9, 2001. Later in the movie the doctor shows the MRI scan on a tablet too advanced for pre-2001. See more »


Sheila: Hank.
Henry Carpenter: It's actually Henry. I think you'd be able to retain at least one simple name somewhere beyond that haircut.
Sheila: Nice goggles. They go well with your misshapen head.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »


Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go
Written and Produced by Ryan Miller and Thomas Bartlett
Performed by Stevie Nicks
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22 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

The Book of Henry is a beautifully layered movie about the joys and sorrows of being a human being. No one in this brilliant story overplays their part; it's such a pleasure to be introduced to each of them as it unfolds. Just as in life there are starts and stops here which captivate the viewer from the beginning and they are drawn in until the ending. For those who say the story might not be plausible simply pick up the newspaper or watch the news these days; anyone involving the human spirit is possible. It would be too brazen to explain the plot in detail because like a great book, a great play or a great novel you simply know it when you see it. Unfortunately, the mass audiences will not appreciate this movie as it will be well above their mindset. I absolutely loved it.

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