Mr. North (1988)

“Madam, I suggest that you encourage your children to play with matches! ” – Theophilus North

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A stranger in a small New England town is suspected of having powers that can heal and become sought after by everyone while also needing to defend himself in court.

My Take on it – I had high hopes for this film since I always enjoyed Anthony Edwards’ work before he became a hit on TV.

This is a film that I’ve been meaning to watch for years and finally got the opportunity to do so now.

Unfortunately, the story moves along at a snail’s pace and comes across as being far too boring for its own good.

Yes, Edwards does a nice job here with what he is given and his character becomes endearing despite the lack of an engaging story to follow.

The supporting cast is also great with Robert Mitchum, Lauren Bacall, Virginia Madsen, Anjelica Huston, Mary Stuart Masterson and Harry Dean Stanton all cast as somewhat eclectic characters.

It’s too bad that this film takes its time trying to get anywhere and that makes it such a chore to try and get through.

Even at 90 minutes long, this film is far too long and would have been better if they took the time to edit it down a bit to make it tighter.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – John Huston, who had long suffered from emphysema, personally asked Robert Mitchum to take his part in this film after he was hospitalized with pneumonia. Mitchum filmed the role during a break from War and Remembrance (1988). (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)


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