Misunderstood (1984 film)

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Misunderstood poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jerry Schatzberg
Produced by Tarak Ben Amar
Written by Barra Grant
Music by Michael Hoppé
Cinematography Pasqualino De Santis
Edited by Marc Laub
Distributed by MGM/UA Entertainment Co.
Release date
  • March 30, 1984 (1984-03-30)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million
Box office $45 million

Misunderstood is a 1984 American drama film directed by Jerry Schatzberg, based on the 1869 novel Misunderstood by Florence Montgomery. This film stars Henry Thomas as a young boy who struggles with family, friends, and relationships after his mother's death.

The novel Misunderstood had previously been adapted as the 1966 Italian film Incompreso, which starred Anthony Quayle.



Box Office[edit]

Made on a budget of $10 million, the movie was also relying on A-List success of Gene Hackman and Henry Thomas, the latter of which was a successful child star who appeared in several blockbusters during that era. The movie opened to $9.813 million in the United States, and a total weekend gross worldwide of $18 million, opening at No.1 that week. It ended up grossing $31.5 million outside of the USA, becoming a box office success worldwide.

Critical Reception[edit]

The movie was met with generally positive reviews from critics, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 83% based on 19 critics, although didn't gain any major award nominations or wins.


Shooting took place over four months in 1982. The director shot two endings, and wanted to use the more tragic one. The producer, Tarak Ben Ammar, then assembled his own more upbeat version of the film, adding extra flashbacks. This was then changed by MGM/UA.[1]


  1. ^ At the Movies Maslin, Janet. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 23 Mar 1984: C6.

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