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Henry Poole Is Here (2008)

  • Rate: 6.4/10 total 8,416 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 29 August 2008 (South Africa)
  • Runtime: 99 min
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Henry Poole Is Here (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Henry Poole Is Here (2008)
  • Rate: 6.4/10 total 8,416 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 29 August 2008 (South Africa)
  • Runtime: 99 min
  • Filming Location: La Habra, California, USA
  • Gross: $1,836,515(USA)
  • Director: Mark Pellington
  • Stars: Luke Wilson, George Lopez and Radha Mitchell
  • Original Music By: John Frizzell   
  • Soundtrack: On an Ocean
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Neighbor | Neighborhood | House | Stain | Priest

Writing Credits By:

  • Albert Torres (written by)

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Continuity: In the scene in the backyard where Henry tries to catch the little girl, he falls. While lying on the ground, he takes a sip of his beverage which is almost empty. When he gets up, the drink is half full and a lime has appeared in it.

    Plot: Henry Poole moves in to a house in his old neighborhood, to spend what he believes are his remaining days alone. The discovery of a "miracle" by a nosy neighbor ruptures his solitude and restores his faith in life. Full summary »  »

    Story: In a working class neighborhood in Los Angeles, a world weary Henry Poole buys a house, caring little about its lack of amenities. He drinks and eats pizza. Recent stucco work has left a brown stain in a patio wall, and, to Henry's irritation, Esperanza, a neighbor, is certain she can see the face of Jesus in the stain. She brings her priest, then others. Meanwhile, Henry hears his conversations replayed over the fence in another neighbor's yard: it's Millie, about 7, mute, clutching a tape recorder. He tells Millie's mom why he's sad and angry. The face on the wall seems to shed a tear of blood. Is Henry beyond feeling any emotion?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  


    Synopsis: HENRY POOLE is HERE is a comedic drama about a disillusioned man who goes hiding in placid suburbia only to discover he cannot escape the forces of hope. Returning to the middleclass neighborhood where he grew up, Henry chooses to live in indulgent isolation. Real life, however, refuses to cooperate with his plans. Nosy neighbors interrupt him with curious visits and prying questions. Then the situation escalates as a stain on Henry’s stucco wall is seen to have miraculous powers. His last-ditch hideout becomes a shrine; his backyard turns into an arena for passionate debate about faith and destiny. Seeking anonymous oblivion, cynical Henry Poole instead finds himself right at the center of the human comedy. A modern-day fable, director Mark Pellington’s new film investigates the unexpected wonders of the everyday. A faithless man finds hope. A hopeless man finds love. Whether backyard miracles are real or triggered by hope and belief, their personal effects are permanent.


    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Michael Aguilar known as executive producer
    • Beth DePatie known as co-producer
    • Gary Gilbert known as producer
    • David Kern known as co-producer
    • Tom Lassally known as producer
    • Gary Lucchesi known as producer
    • Mark Pellington known as executive producer
    • Eric Reid known as executive producer
    • Norman Reiss known as executive producer
    • Tom Rosenberg known as producer
    • Richard S. Wright known as producer (as Richard Wright)

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Luke Wilson known as Henry Poole
    • Radha Mitchell known as Dawn Stupek
    • Adriana Barraza known as Esperanza Martinez
    • George Lopez known as Father Salazar
    • Cheryl Hines known as Meg Wyatt
    • Richard Benjamin known as Dr. Fancher
    • Morgan Lily known as Millie Stupek
    • Rachel Seiferth known as Patience
    • Beth Grant known as Josie
    • Dan Callahan known as Hospital Young Doctor
    • Earl Carroll known as Mr. Lawrence
    • Noah Dahl known as Young Henry
    • Gloria Garayua known as Female Worshipper
    • Molly Hagan known as Pediatrician
    • Michelle Krusiec known as Young Nurse
    • Stephanie Mace known as Stripper #1
    • Kate Mulligan known as Waitress
    • Andrew Santino known as Hospital Orderly
    • Donnie Smith known as Supermarket Man Shopper
    • Nick Dash known as Security Guard (uncredited)
    • Gizza Elizondo known as Cancer Survivor (uncredited)
    • Elaine Anne Furst known as Supermarket Shopper (uncredited)
    • Sam Jaeger known as Lance (uncredited)
    • Marcus Maria Jung known as Mortician (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Suzan Bagdadi known as hair stylist
    • Veronica Lorenz known as makeup artist
    • Deborah Patino Rutherford known as supervising makeup artist (as Deborah Patino)
    • Don Rutherford known as makeup artist
    • Colette Slattery known as hair stylist
    • Solina Tabrizi known as supervising hair stylist
    • Elizabeth Villamarin known as makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Aaron Becker known as main title design: prologue
    • Brian S. Childs known as propmaker
    • Randy L. Childs known as co-construction coordinator
    • David Corral known as greensman
    • Guillaume DeLouche known as property master
    • Justin Fisher known as leadperson
    • John Fox known as storyboard artist
    • Ursula Glaviano known as set dresser
    • Karen Higgins known as construction coordinator
    • Mike Horn known as set dresser
    • Steven Kissick known as general foreman
    • James P. Meehan known as assistant property master
    • Nancy Nathan known as buyer
    • Catherine Pryor known as swing
    • Eric Rood known as key on-set dresser
    • Abigail Sheiner known as art coordinator
    • Hans Soto known as greensmen
    • Nandor Szilagy known as set dresser (2008)
    • Jason Vanover known as key greensman
    • Michael Voelker known as set dresser
    • Shelley A. Wallace known as set designer




    Production Companies:

    • Overture Films (presents)
    • Lakeshore Entertainment (co-production)
    • Camelot Pictures (co-production)

    Other Companies:

    • Alex Gourmet Catering  catering (as Alex's Gourmet Catering)
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
    • Dolby Laboratories  sound post-production
    • Hollywood-DI  HD screening services
    • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack
    • Murphy PR  publicity
    • Prologue Films  titles
    • Scarlet Letters  end titles
    • Sound Satisfaction  foley recording facilities
    • Warner Brothers Post-Production Services  sound post-production


    • Overture Films (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Nu Metro Theatres (2008) (South Africa) (theatrical)
    • Long Shong Entertainment Multimedia Company (2008) (Taiwan) (theatrical)
    • Cathay-Keris Films (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
    • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
    • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
    • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
    • Future Film (2009) (Finland) (DVD)
    • Noble Entertainment (2008) (Sweden) (DVD)
    • Seville Pictures (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
    • Sony Pictures Entertainment (2009) (Japan) (DVD)



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • Luma Pictures (visual effects)
    • Furious FX (visual effects)

    Visual Effects by:

    • Alexandre Cancado known as digital effects artist: Luma Pictures
    • John Cassella known as senior fx animator: Luma Pictures
    • Vincent Cirelli known as visual effects supervisor: Luma Pictures
    • Mike Clark known as animator
    • Robert Coquia Jr. known as i/o vfx
    • Daniel Craemer known as visual effects
    • Shiv Dholakia known as effects animator: Luma Pictures
    • A. Michael Dobbs known as digital artist: Luma Pictures
    • Scott Dougherty known as visual effects executive producer: Furious FX
    • Siggy Ferstl known as digital intermediate colorist
    • Anthony Grant known as modeler
    • Steve Griffith known as visual effects producer: Luma Pictures
    • John R. Hazzard known as technical director: Luma Pictures
    • Justin Johnson known as digital effects supervisor
    • Thomas Kernan known as digital modeler
    • David Lingenfelser known as executive visual effects supervisor: Furious Fx
    • Jason Locke known as matchmover
    • James McQuaide known as visual effects supervisor
    • Juan Melendez known as visual effects coordinator
    • Ben Neall known as lead texture artist: Luma Pictures
    • Gary Oldroyd known as visual effects coordinator
    • Brett Reyenger known as digital artist
    • Marcos Romero known as animator: Luma Pictures
    • Christopher Sage known as environment supervisor: Luma Pictures
    • Chris Serenil known as computer services manager
    • Mark Shoaf known as CG supervisor: Furious FX
    • Payam Shohadai known as executive visual effects supervisor: Luma Pictures
    • Joey Sila known as digital effects artist: Luma Pictures
    • Jared Simeth known as visual effects: Luma Pictures
    • Thanapoom Siripopungul known as character technical director: Luma Pictures
    • Tiffany Smith known as visual effects producer: Furious FX
    • Safari Sosebee known as digital artist
    • Tracy Takahashi known as visual effects producer: Furious FX
    • Alexander Vegh known as previsualization supervisor
    • James Waterson known as digital artist: Luma Pictures
    • Cary Welton known as digital restoration artist: R!OT
    • Shane Christopher Wicklund known as junior compositor: Luma Pictures
    • Elaine Wu known as animator: Luma Pictures
    • Jimmy Wu known as digital artist: Luma Pictures
    • Michael Boggs known as digital scanning supervisor (uncredited)

    Release Date:

    • USA 21 January 2008 (Sundance Film Festival)
    • Germany 8 February 2008 (European Film Market)
    • USA 15 August 2008 (limited)
    • South Africa 29 August 2008
    • Taiwan 21 September 2008
    • Lebanon 9 October 2008
    • Sweden 10 December 2008 (DVD premiere)
    • Italy 8 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Finland 9 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Germany 5 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Netherlands 10 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Japan 25 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • United Arab Emirates 26 March 2009
    • Iceland 7 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Singapore 14 May 2009
    • Spain 29 May 2009
    • Hungary 2 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Argentina 5 August 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Croatia 6 August 2009
    • Australia 7 October 2009 (TV premiere)

    MPAA: Rated PG for thematic elements and some language



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. wmjaho from Park City
      30 Mar 2012, 6:30 pm

      Saw this tonight at Sundance and was torn between two notions: Notion1: This is a classic Sundance movie. Starring Luke Wilson (now tell methat doesn't just ooze Sundanceness! Dialogue driven. No specialeffects. Low budget.

      Notion 2: This is a real departure for Sundance. Gee, it seems to bereligious, albeit in a weird sort of way. There are all theseundertones of faith and hope and the priest doesn't come across as anidiot. When was the last time you saw that at Sundance? And I guess Iagree with both. Henry Poole (Luke Wilson) is depressed, and for goodreason. So he buys a house to get away. But a perceived image of Christin a stain on the side of his house soon attracts the attention of aneighbor, who quickly invades his life. And then there's his otherneighbor, a cute little girl with an even cuter (and divorced) mom(Rhada Mitchell) and he can't seem to get any peace, although that'sprobably good for him.

      This is a very deliberately-paced drama with an occasional laugh andmore than a little tension. Wilson seems to enjoy his role, and thequiet, loner type fits well within his standard range. Mitchell(Melinda and Melinda, Mozart and the Whale) is wonderful and lovely, asalways, and George Lopez takes a little role as a Catholic priest. Butveteran Mexican actress Adriana Barraza steals the show as the deeplyreligious and well-intentioned neighbor, Esperanza (meaning "hope" inSpanish, which is only slightly more subtle than the grocery checkoutgirl whose name is Patience, or the Rhada Mitchell character namedDawn).

      If you don't mind slow movies, Henry Poole will reward you with a storythat celebrates simple virtues, and suggests that there is plenty ofroom in this world for kindness and charity and faith and hope. Not badfor Sundance.

      Sundance Moment: This looks like the first thing screenwriter AlbertTorres has done in movies, and he seemed thrilled to be at Sundance.And while Luke Wilson was very quiet, George Lopez was a clown. Lopezsaid he and Wilson became friends on the shoot and recently joined withSamuel L. Jackson to win a pro-am golf tournament.

    2. Roulette36 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 6:30 pm

      Though I do not believe in God, I did find this movie powerful andextremely enjoyable to watch. Yes…. This movie will have a strongimpact on Christians and faith of God, but it also is a well writtenand happy story. Luke Wilson does a great job as the main characterHenry Pool who suffers a terminal illness. His story gets even sadderwhen he finds a love interest and her daughter who makes him happierthen he has ever been. In addition, his past seems to be filled withsadness. Even if you don't believe in God, you will wish for somethingto save Henry Pool. The characters are convincing and the story isheart-felt. I'm sorry if you disagree with me, but for those of you whoare on the fence on this one, I don't think you will have any regretsspending 8 or so dollars.

      This is my first review. Hope this helps/ed!

    3. fatbeerdrinker from Australia
      30 Mar 2012, 6:30 pm

      My first reaction to this movie (which I had never heard of beforeviewing) was one of satisfaction; it wasn't a bad movie but neither aninstant classic. I was pleasantly surprised. It was definitely betterthan average, the sort of movie you are glad you rented out on DVD on aquiet night in. Despite it's over all sad demeanour.

      However, what I did not expect was the 'after thought' it left me with.Dealing with life, death and everything between, I started to ponderthe movie on a different level. Unlike many other movies it was notforgotten and has some imagery that remains long after the movie hasfinished.

      To me this movie, while somewhat invisible when compared to others, isa little under-rated and deserves a wider audience than the one it isdestine for.

    4. tom-reid from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 6:30 pm

      I'm surprised by the largely positive reviews of this film. Maybe it'sa cultural thing, I'm a European living in California. We went to seethis movie on the back of some positive press reviews. It starts well,but I was misled by it's start. I thought this was going to be more ofa skeptical movie about the way religious people fool themselves intobelieving what they want to believe (a little like the sentimentsbehind "Life of Brian"). But no, the start is deceptive, as the filmprogresses, it actually wants to start to make you believe that a stainon the wall of a (supposedly) terminally ill mans house is the face ofgod, sheds blood and has magical powers. Sorry, I couldn't suspend mydisbelief and the whole film then fell apart for me.

      The lead character is supposed to be terminally ill, but his disease isunnamed, which I suppose is a good thing as it's difficult to believewhat it could be as his only symptoms seem to be stubble and a cravingfor vodka and pizza. There is of course a beautiful woman who justhappens to live next door who just happens to have a cute troubled 6year old daughter, who of course the lead character falls in love with.

      The whole thing descends into nauseating, saccharine, formulaic cinema.Towards the end I was beginning to laugh out loud in the cinema at thepredictable happy every after ending, it seemed almost like some kindof spoof or wind up it was so corny.

      But I suppose, if other people liked this then maybe it's a culturalthing. The US is a much more religious country than mine. I supposethat explains how George Bush got in – right?

    5. CharlesMichaelWilliams from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 6:30 pm

      I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I rented it without much awareness ofwhat it was about. Frankly, I had a free rental on my blockbusteraccount so i decided i was in the mood for a simple indie flick. So irented it.

      I am so happy to finally see a very well made indie film that isn'tabout drugs, sex, suicide, extreme amounts of cursing, and all theother elements that seem to make up a "good" indie film. I recently saw"The Wackness" and realized how fed up I am with people praising indiefilms that have no real substance. A lot of them, "the wackness"included, say nothing new and rely completely on the use of drugs, sex,and things like that to be "interesting." HPIH is very refreshing tosee. Its a very well made indie flick with a great cast, story, andmessage. Yes, anytime there are films that deal with religion in apositive sense, people will say that it is contrived or over done, butI thought this film dealt with the subject matter very maturely andenjoyably. I am a Christian guy, but i don't like to watch films thatare overly preachy or are just blatantly religious. So, I usually donot enjoy "religious" films. That is why I am so pleased to see a realindie film that just happens to deal with religious subject matter in apositive manner. The film isn't perfect and nor is any other film. Butit is a good example of how a film can be moving, entertaining, andjust a plain good movie without promoting or recklessly using drugs,sex, cursing, and other crap like that.

      I commend the people involved with this project. I am very surprisedthat it was made outside of the religious film world. Thank you to thepeople who believed they could make a film like this, and I hope thatmore people follow.

    6. reelinspiration from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 6:30 pm

      On a marque crammed with tired summer offerings of over-the-topcomedies and action films, I spotted the sweet, small film, "HenryPoole is Here." Like a name sprawled under an aqueduct bridge, it wasbarely noticeable.

      "Henry Poole is Here" is a quiet little film with a big premise. Whatdo you do when you're an atheist and you learn you have six weeks tolive? If you're Henry Poole, (Luke Wilson), you buy a house in aneighborhood where nobody knows you, numb yourself with booze, and waitaround to die – alone. Henry's plan to fade away unnoticed is disruptedwhen his neighbor, Esperanza, (Adrianna Barrazza) starts worshiping awater-stained image of Christ she sees on his stucco wall.

      To make matters worse, Esperanza is moved to share this miracle withher church and friends. A silent little girl tape records Henry's pleasto be left alone. But Henry never gets his wish. The little girl andher luminescent mother (Radha Mitchell) enter his life to show him thatwe are all here for a reason. In fact, the whole neighborhood is therefor him – whether he likes it or not.

      The director, Mark Pellington, leaves it for us to decide whether webelieve it's a miracle or not. At first, we don't even get to see whatEsperanza is looking at. Later, we see the stain, but the face is kindof illusive – sometimes it's there, sometimes it's not. The filmdoesn't tell you what to believe. But it shows the strength inbelieving and especially our belief in others.

      Hopefully, this film doesn't fade away unnoticed amidst the jungle ofsummer releases. Hopefully, it finds a community that believes in it.This is a movie about hope, after all. I, for one, believe.

      Movie blessings! Jana Segal reelinspiration dot blogspot dot com

    7. Frank Edwards from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 6:30 pm

      At first, when my mom rented this, I was upset at the lack of appeal tome. But, being an aspiring director, I agreed to watch it.

      I'm glad I did. This movie delivers something to keep the mind thinkingin not a puzzling, but creative way. The story is very inspirationaland the music goes well with the message being delivered.

      I totally agree with the previous commenter on that this film issomething to be seen especially if you are interested in becoming afilm maker.

      You don't need blood, violence, language, and screaming to makesomething people will remember.

      This is my first review on IMDb as well and I want people to experiencethis great movie!

    8. adelaer from Belgium
      30 Mar 2012, 6:30 pm

      Why is everybody reviewing this wonderful film saying they did not likeit because they do not like how it depicts a supposed miracle from asupposed god? I myself am a profound atheist. Hell, i'm even ananti-Christian. I'm not even baptised and I never went to church oncein my life. I'm just happy that way :) But does that make this a badmovie? No it doesn't. The actors are absolutely brilliant and feelreal-life. The camera-work pulls you right in. The story is simple yetpowerful. The music is well-chosen, touching and stands on it's own inlittle moments of self-reflection. It had been long since I was thismoved by a movie. Just watch it … without presumptions … withoutthinking … and maybe you too will be moved.

    9. Scott Davis from Houston
      30 Mar 2012, 6:30 pm

      You've had your spoiler warning, so leave now because I'm going to tellyou the whole story in one sentence.

      This is literally a story about a man who has to have a house fall onhim to get a second opinion for a terminal disease diagnosis.

      Turns out, he was never sick at all! The mysterious disease that atonce was killing him and making him better looking throughout the movieturned out to be a complete sham. Much as this movie is a completesham.

      The rest of the plot is just junk piled on top of this false premise.Any rational conversation the movie was trying to have with theaudience completely collapses when it is revealed that the whole movieis just a con job.

      The music deserves special mention and scorn. Many of the 'big'emotional moments are simply montage shots with some faux-Celtic femalefolk singing playing while the main character looks out at a sunset orclimbs underneath a bridge to retrieve childhood memories or maybe juststares at some stucco on the side of a house while the audience is leftto its own.

      This movie would have been an embarrassment for Hallmark on theLifetime channel. I saw it for free on StarZ and want my money back!

    10. adam8it2 from Southern California
      30 Mar 2012, 6:30 pm

      I don't need explosions or boobs to enjoy a movie. Great movies can besimple in terms of story and budget. In this case, Henry Poole is Hereattempts to force-feed you a pro-hope message, counting on the dialogto keep you ignoring the fact they filmed this movie down the streetfrom your house in about a day and a half. Luke Wilson is the onlystandout and even he struggles to come off believable.

      Esperanza's character needed a strong actress in order to make her seemgenuine. Instead, we have a chubby lady with a Latina accent whorefuses to stop annoying Henry.

      The ending was a forgone conclusion when Henry predictably destroys thewater stain. Oh, and guess what? You were never sick. Your doctorincorrectly diagnosed you with an incurable, extremely rare diseasebut, thanks to hope, you were never ill to begin with. This movie comesoff like a mandatory bad high school assembly play. See that everyone?So, stay hopeful and everything, OK?

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