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.

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    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)

    ..{tab=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)

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    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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