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Regarding Henry (1991)



Critic Consensus: Although Harrison Ford makes the most of an opportunity to dig into a serious role, Regarding Henry is undermined by cheap sentiment and clichés.

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Combining elements of A Christmas Carol and Rain Man (1988), this modern-day parable of greed and redemption was crafted with generous helpings of sentimentality by director Mike Nicholas. Harrison Ford stars as Henry Turner, a slick, ruthless corporate attorney willing to spin any falsehood to win a case. A bully to his teenage daughter Rachel (Mikki Allen), Henry also cheats on his wife Sarah (Annette Bening) and treats everyone from the maid to his assistant with cruel selfishness. Stepping out to a local mini-market for a pack of cigarettes late one night, Henry accidentally interrupts a burglary and is shot in the head by a stick-up artist. After a long coma, Henry survives only to find that he has no memory and must re-learn everything from reading to tying his shoes. Reborn as a friendly, childlike innocent, Henry charms his therapist (Bill Nunn) and reconnects with his wife and daughter, only to uncover some secrets about how truly appalling he once was.

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Harrison Ford
as Henry Turner
Annette Bening
as Sarah Turner
Bill Nunn
as Bradley
Mikki Allen
as Rachel Turner
Nancy Marchand
as Mrs. O'Brien
Aida Linares
as Rosella
Andrew Stone
as Charlie's Secretary
R.M. Haley
as Court Clerk
Stanley H. Swerdlow
as Mr. Matthews
Julie Follansbee
as Mrs. Matthews
Peter Appel
as Doorman
Harsh Nayyar
as Store Owner
James Rebhorn
as Dr. Sultan
Brian Smiar
as Dr. Marx
May Quigley
as Hillary
Suzann O'Neill
as Real Estate Broker
Glen Trotiner
as Elevator Man
J.J. Abrams
as Delivery Boy
Jack McLaughlin
as Taxi Driver
Louis Cantarini
as Hot Dog Vendor
Mark Irish
as Lawyer
Alva Chinn
as Lawyer
Kia Graves
as Jennifer
Joan Kindred
as Party Guest
Anne Stone
as Charlie's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Regarding Henry

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (5)

One can make excuses for a 23-year-old writer's misunderstanding of human behavior, but how could Mike Nichols look at himself in the mirror when he directed such dumbfounding scenes.

March 31, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is a film of obvious and shallow contrivance, which aims without apology for easy emotional payoffs, and tries to manipulate the audience with plot twists that belong in a sitcom.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review… of director Nichols' very best efforts.

December 29, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

[Director Mike] Nichols is making brain damage look a little too warm and wonderful.

September 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Slow, thoughtful '90s drama won't appeal to teens.

May 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Ford commits, but this mawkish script would barely pass muster on Lifetime, taking the easy route any chance it gets, with an aggravating routine of rich white people feeling bad for rich white people.

July 12, 2011 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Regarding Henry

Ford is great but he has to be in order keep this movie even close to average. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

A beautiful, sad, yet hopeful movie. I loved it. I think it's Ford's best dramatic role I've seen. If you're a fan of his, you have to see this.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


A forgotten Ford film.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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