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.
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.
Mr. North (1988)
Directed by: Danny Huston
Starring: Anthony Edwards, Robert Mitchum, Lauren Bacall, Harry Dean Stanton, Anjelica Huston, Virginia Madsen, Mary Stuart Masterson, Tammy Grimes, Katharine Houghton
Screenplay by: Janet Roach
Production Design by: Eugene Lee
Cinematography by: Robin Vidgeon
Film Editing by: Roberto Silvi
Costume Design by: Rita Riggs
Set Decoration by: Sandra Nathanson
Music by: David McHugh
Distributed by: The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Release Date: July 22, 1988