Based on the semiautobiographical novel Theophilus North by Thornton Wilder, the film takes place in the snobby high-society world of Newport, Rhode Island, circa 1926. Young Yale graduate Theophilus North (Anthony Edwards) has a mysterious ability to generate static electricity in his
body that manifests itself in mild shocks coming from his hands. North soon ingratiates himself with most of the community and proceeds to "cure"people of minor and imagined ills. Although MR. NORTH tries earnestly to be charming, the end result is an overqualified bore. The amazing cast assembled
by Danny Huston (John Huston's 26-year-old son in his directorial debut) is given little more than underdeveloped cameo roles that obfuscate rather than illuminate the material. The adaptation by John Huston, Janet Roach, and James Costigan is too highbrow, and the resulting stilted dialog appears
to be nearly unspeakable for the actors. Huston has delivered a film dead on arrival. Fine actors, lush settings, and gorgeous costumes are simply not enough; there must be a strong, fiery, thoughtful presence with clear vision at the helm, and in MR. NORTH there isn't.
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