Movies You Have Not Seen But Should: Regarding Henry

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Regarding Henry

Welcome back to Movies You Have Not Seen But Should. This week we take a trip in the wayback machine and travel back to the year 1991. This week we will look at the drama Regarding Henry. The film starred Harrison Ford and Annette Benning.

Henry Turner (played by Ford) is a successful attorney. He seemingly has it all. He is part of a prestigious law firm. He lives in a luxurious apartment in Manhattan with his wife Sarah (played by Benning) and his daughter Rachel. On the outside, things seem great. However, Henry Turner is not a nice guy. He is egotistical, arrogant, callous and a workaholic. It showed as he argued and won a case for a hospital that was being sued by a former patient. He was on top of the world. However, that all changed in an instant. Looking to get a pack of cigarettes, Henry walked into a nearby convenience store that was being robbed. Henry ends up getting shot as the robber escapes.

Henry survives the shooting but is badly hurt which includes some brain damage. Overnight his world and that of his family is turned upside down. Months are spent in the hospital and then in rehab center learning to walk and talk again. Henry also suffers from retrograde amnesia and initially has no memory of his past. Through the help and work of his physical therapist Bradley (played by Bill Nunn, who also starred as Joseph “Robbie” Robinson in the Sam Raimi Spiderman trilogy), Henry slowly learns to walk and talk again.

But it is clear that Henry is a different person. He is not the man he once was before the shooting. He has to reengage life with his wife Sarah and daughter Rachel. He has to reengage life as an attorney. More importantly, he has to reconcile the man he once was with the man he is now. How does this play out? You’ll have to watch the film to see.

The film also features actor John Leguizamo in a minor role. It was directed by Mike Nichols (who also directed such films as The Graduate, Working Girl and Postcards from the Edge along with Broadway productions such as Annie and The Odd Couple). It was written by J.J. Abrams (who also co-produced the film). This film was one of the first that Abrams is credited as a writer and he also had a brief role in the film as a delivery boy. It was released in theaters on July 12, 1991.

Regarding Henry is available on DVD, Amazon Instant Video and Netflix Instant Streaming. If you’re a fan of Harrison Ford, you should check this film out. If you’re a fan of a drama and stories about characters that change and find redemption, this is a film to see. Like the rest of the films featured in this series, it’s a film that you may not have seen, but you should.

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