Mr. North

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Mr. North
Directed by Danny Huston
Produced by John Huston
Steven Haft
Skip Steloff
Tom Shaw
Screenplay by John Huston
James Costigan
Based on Theophilus North 
by Thornton Wilder
Starring Anthony Edwards
Robert Mitchum
Lauren Bacall
Harry Dean Stanton
Anjelica Huston
Mary Stuart Masterson
Virginia Madsen
Music by David McHugh
Cinematography Robin Vidgeon
Edited by Roberto Silvi
Production
  company
Heritage Entertainment Inc.
Showcase Productions International
Distributed by The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Release date(s)
  • July 22, 1988 (1988-07-22)
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
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[edit]

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[edit]

Production[edit]

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[edit]

  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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