Henry Fool (1997)

Original Title : Henry Fool
Director : Hal Hartley
Writer : Hal Hartley
Genre : Comedy
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Keith Abell , Jerome Brownstein , Thierry Cagianut , Hal Hartley , Larry Meistrich , Daniel J. Victor
Music : Hal Hartley
Photography : Michael Spiller
MPAA Rating : Rated R for strong sexuality, violence and language.
IMDB ID : 0122529
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Henry Fool (1997) - Hal Hartley


Thomas Jay Ryan Henry Fool
James Urbaniak Simon Grim
Parker Posey Fay
Maria Porter Mary
James Saito Mr. Deng
Kevin Corrigan Warren
Liam Aiken Ned
Miho Nikaido Gnoc Deng
Gene Ruffini Officer Buñuel
Nicholas Hope Father Hawkes
Diana Ruppe Amy
Veanne Cox Laura
Jan Leslie Harding Vicky
Chaylee Worrall Pearl (age 7
Christy Carlson Romano Pearl (age 14
Chuck Montgomery Angus James
Melanie Vesey Go-Go Dancer
Denise Morgan Go-Go Dancer
Jill Morley Afternoon Table Dancer
Paul Boocock Steve
David Latham Barry
Marissa Chibas Newspaper Reporter
Julie Anderson Woman Outside Store
Reggie Harris Anchorman
Don Creech Owen Feer
Camille Paglia Herself
Maraya Chase TV Reporter
Soshana Ami Young Woman in Library
Karen DiConcetto Girl in Library
Tiffany Sampson Girl in Library
Rachel Miner Girl in Library
Paul Lazar Doctor
Gretchen Krich Nurse
Valorie Hubbard Patty The Bartender
Dave Simonds Bill
Fay Ann Lee Lawyer
Paul Greco Concierge
Blake Willett Cop
Raymond Cassar Cop
Katreen Hardt Airline Ticket Clerk
Merritt Nelson Flight Attendant Lucy (as Rebecca Nelson
Paul Albe Angry Customer
Vivian Bang Teenager at World of Donuts
Brandon Boey Teenager at World of Donuts
Claire Ritchie Teenager at World of Donuts
Herbie Duarte Teenager at World of Donuts
Toy Connor Teenager at World of Donuts


Socially inept garbage man Simon is befriended by Henry Fool, a witty roguish, but talent-less novelist. Henry opens a magical world of literature to Simon who turns his hand to writing the 'great American poem'. As Simon begins his controversial ascent to the dizzying heights of Nobel Prize winning poet, Henry sinks to a life of drinking in low-life bars. The two friends fall out and lose touch until Henry's criminal past catches up with him and he needs Simon's help to flee the country.


IS THERE LIFE IN THE U.S INDY ?? After the highs of the mid 90s, the US independent scene has certainly gone into a recent nosedive. Therefore it was refreshing to catch this film. Whilst not up to some of Hartley's earlier efforts, it certainly sustained the interest. Not as offbeat as "Flirt" or "Amateur", and in many ways a modern-day fairytale. Well worth a watch.
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Henry Fool (1997) - Hal Hartley