Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1988. Heritage Entertainment Inc., The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Showcase Productions International. Screenplay by Janet Roach, John Huston, James Costigan, based on the novel Theophilus North by Thornton Wilder. Cinematography by Robin Vidgeon. Produced by Steven Haft, Skip Steloff. Music by David McHugh. Production Design by Eugene Lee. Costume Design by Rita Riggs. Film Editing by Roberto Silvi.
Charming enterprise directed by Danny Huston and executive-produced and written by his father John. Anthony Edwards is full of aplomb as a Yale student who pulls in extra money as a tutor and has just recently quit his last job working for a snooty Eastern seaboard family and their rotten children. Arriving in a tiny Rhode Island town, he begins working for a wheelchair-bound, elderly gentleman (Robert Mitchum) and convinces him through some sage advice to stop being afraid of life and start going out and enjoying himself more. This is a problem for Mitchum’s daughter, who has been quite adamant about keeping her father ill in order that he might die sooner and she can collect on the inheritance. Edwards also befriends other people in town, and uses his strange ability to conduct electricity through his body to help them with some of their minor ailments, gaining him the mistaken reputation of being a miracle healer. A winning ensemble cast makes this delightful adaptation of Theophilus Monk by Thornton Wilder really zing.