Busy and often absent father must take care of his two boys after his wife dies. They all live in Tunisia because of their father’s job. The older boy is handling the difficult changes much better than the younger one.
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.
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.
Directed by: Jerry Schatzberg
Starring: Gene Hackman, Henry Thomas, Rip Torn, Huckleberry Fox, Maureen Kerwin, Susan Anspach, June Brown, Helen Ryan, Nadim Sawalha
Screenplay by: Barra Grant
Production Design by: Joel Schiller
Cinematography by: Pasqualino De Santis
Film Editing by: Marc Laub
Costume Design by: Jo Ynocencio
Set Decoration by: Franco Fumagalli
Music by: Michael Hoppe
Distributed by: Metro Goldwyn Mayer, United Artists
Release Date: March 30, 1984