Mr. North (1988)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1988.  , , .  Screenplay by , , , based on the novel Theophilus North by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .    Music by .   Production Design by .   Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Charming enterprise directed by Danny Huston and executive-produced and written by his father John.   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.

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