Film: Henry Poole Is Here

Henry Poole Is Here

(Left to right.) Luke Wilson and Radha Mitchell star in Overture Films' HENRY POOLE IS HERE. Photo by Saeed Adyani. © Lakeshore Entertainment 2007

Release Date: July 25, 2008

Directed by: Mark Pellington

Screenplay by: Albert Torres

Produced by: Gary Gilbert, Tom Lassally, Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright

Executive Produced by: Norman Reiss, Eric Reid, Michael Aguilar, Mark Pellington

Cast: Luke Wilson, Radha Mitchell, Adriana Barraza, George Lopez, Cheryl Hines, Rachel Seiferth, Morgan Lily

Rating: PG
Runtime: TBD

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(Left to right.) Luke Wilson and Rachel Seiferth star in Overture Films' HENRY POOLE IS HERE. Photo by Saeed Adyani © Lakeshore Entertainment 2007

Movie Synopsis

Luke Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Old School), Academy Award® nominee Adriana Barraza (Babel) and Radha Mitchell (Finding Neverland) star in a modern day fable about the unexpected wonders of the everyday from director Mark Pellington (U2 3D, The Mothman Prophesies). 

Henry Poole is Here tells the funny, poignant and uplifting story of a disillusioned man who attempts to hide from life in a rundown suburban tract home only to discover he cannot escape the forces of hope.

Henry Poole (Luke Wilson) just wants to disappear. Shattered by circumstances beyond his control, he offers full price on a cookie cutter house in a drab, middle-class, L.A. neighborhood through his perky realtor Meg (Cheryl Hines). But just as he settles in to his indulgent isolation with a case of vodka and all the junk food he can eat, his neighbor, a well-meaning busybody named Esperanza (Adriana Barraza), drops by with a plate of homemade tamales and a whole lot of questions.

Despite his desire for solitude, Henry can’t help noticing Dawn (Radha Mitchell), the beautiful young divorcée next door and her daughter Millie (Morgan Lily), an eight-year-old amateur spy who hasn’t spoken a word since her parents’ break-up.

Henry’s self-imposed exile is shattered when Esperanza discovers a mysterious stain on Henry’s stucco wall that is seen to have miraculous powers. She begins leading pilgrimages to the “holy site” and invites church officials, including her pastor, Father Salizar (George Lopez), to inspect the apparition.

Although Henry remains skeptical, he finds himself gradually drawn back towards life, especially after his silent friendship with Millie brings him closer to Dawn. As news of the apparition spreads throughout the neighborhood and his feelings for Dawn grow, Henry realizes his plan to live out his days in quiet desperation is going to be much harder than he ever imagined.


Studio acquires picture at Sundance Film Fest

Overture Films has acquired U.S. rights to Sundance premiere, Henry Poole Is Here, Chris McGurk and Danny Rosett of Overture Films along with Tom Rosenberg and David Dinerstein of Lakeshore Entertainment confirmed.

The comedic drama directed by Mark Pellington (U2 3D, Arlington Road) stars Luke Wilson (The Family Stone, The Royal Tenenbaums) as a disillusioned man who goes hiding in placid suburbia only to discover he cannot escape the forces of hope. Producing for Lakeshore are Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Richard Wright along with Gary Gilbert and Tom Lassally.

Screenwriter Albert Torres’ debut also stars Radha Mitchell (Finding Neverland), Oscar® nominee Adriana Barraza (Babel), Emmy® nominee Cheryl Hines (Waitress), George Lopez (Real Women Have Curves) and newcomers Rachel Seiferth and Morgan Lily.

“The passion and enthusiasm that Chris and Danny showed for the film made us quickly realize that Overture would be the film’s perfect home,” said Rosenberg, Chairman and CEO of Lakeshore Entertainment.

Chris McGurk, CEO of Overture Films, says “It’s great to be back in business with Tom Rosenberg and Lakeshore. We can’t wait to share this remarkable film with audiences.”

“We were moved by Mark Pellington’s poignant film and Luke Wilson’s memorable performance – these discoveries are why we come to Sundance,” added Danny Rosett, Overture’s COO.

Dinerstein, Lakeshore’s President of Marketing and Distribution, added, “Chris and Danny experienced first-hand what an audience-pleaser this was and will know how to make sure it’s marketed effectively.”

The story finds Henry returning to the middleclass neighborhood where he grew up, choosing 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.

Overture Films currently has comedy Mad Money in theatres starring Academy Award® winner Diane Keaton, Oscar® nominee Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes. Hitting theatres on March 14th, 2008, Overture will release its second film, Sleepwalking, an emotional drama about a young girl’s search for parental love, starring Oscar® winner Charlize Theron. Following is Tom McCarthy’s The Visitor, Overture’s acquisition from the 2007

Toronto Film Festival, which will arrive in theaters on April 11th, 2008. Overture is domestically distributing the action-thriller Righteous Kill, starring Oscar® winners Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, which finished principal photography last November. Also recently wrapped is Traitor, a politically charged espionage thriller starring Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce, as well as Last Chance Harvey, starring Oscar® winners Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. Finally, Overture Films recently green-lit Humboldt Park, a family dramedy about three siblings’ return to their family’s home for the holidays, starring John Leguizamo and Freddy Rodriguez.

Lakeshore Entertainment’s Untraceable opens in theatres this Friday, January 25, 2008, distributed by Screen Gems. They are currently in production on Game, a futuristic thriller, and Underworld 3. Its film, Elegy starring Penelope Cruz and Ben Kingsley, will receive a world premiere at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.


Overture Films ( develops, produces, acquires, and distributes feature- length, theatrical motion pictures worldwide. The studio is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which in turn is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation that is attributed to Liberty Capital Corp. Its affiliated companies, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Starz Entertainment, make the films available domestically to viewers via home video, premium television, Internet and other outlets.


Founded in 1994 by Chairman and CEO Tom Rosenberg, Lakeshore is the Academy Award® winning producer of MILLION DOLLAR BABY and producer of such hits as the UNDERWORLD franchise, EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE, CRANK, SHE'S THE MAN, RUNAWAY BRIDE and ARLINGTON ROAD. In its 14 year history, Lakeshore has produced over 45 films.

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