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Mr. North

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Mr. North
Mrnorthposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDanny Huston
Produced byJohn Huston
Steven Haft
Skip Steloff
Tom Shaw
Screenplay byJohn Huston
James Costigan
Based onTheophilus North
by Thornton Wilder
Starring
Music byDavid McHugh
CinematographyRobin Vidgeon
Edited byRoberto Silvi
Production
company
Heritage Entertainment Inc.
Showcase Productions International
Distributed byThe Samuel Goldwyn Company
Release date
  • July 22, 1988 (1988-07-22)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$1,221,366[1]
(limited release)

Mr. North is a 1988 American comedy-drama film starring Anthony Edwards, based on the 1973 novel Theophilus North by Thornton Wilder.

Directed by Danny Huston, the film became a family project; produced by John Huston, it also stars Anjelica Huston, Danny's future wife Virginia Madsen, and Allegra Huston.

Plot

In 1920s Newport, Rhode Island, Theophilus North (Anthony Edwards) is an engaging, multi-talented, middle-class Yale graduate who spends the summer catering to the wealthy families of the city. He becomes the confidant of James McHenry Bosworth (Robert Mitchum), and a tutor and tennis coach to the families' children. He also befriends many from the city's servant class including Henry Simmons (Harry Dean Stanton), Amelia Cranston (Lauren Bacall), and Sally Boffin (Virginia Madsen).

Complications arise when some residents begin to ascribe healing powers to the static electricity shocks that Mr. North happens to generate frequently. Despite never claiming any healing or medical abilities, he is accused of quackery, and must, with the help of those he has befriended, defend himself.

In the end, Mr. North accepts a position of leadership at an educational and philosophical academy founded by Mr. Bosworth, and begins a romance with Bosworth's granddaughter Persis.

Cast

Production

Director Danny Huston brought the original script by James Costigan to his father for feedback, and John Huston rewrote it with his Prizzi's Honor coauthor Janet Roach.[2] Eugene Lee was the Production Designer.

Originally John Huston was to play James McHenry Bosworth; but just after filming began, the illness that eventually killed him forced his withdrawal. He was quickly replaced by family friend Robert Mitchum.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Mr. North". Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ a b Longsdorf, Amy (November 17, 1988). "With 'Mr. North,' Danny Huston Gets His Bearings As A Director". The Morning Call.

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