Directed by Mike Nichols. Starring Harrison Ford, Annette Bening, Bill Nunn, Mikki Allen. (1991)
REVIEWED By Marc Savlov, Fri., July 12, 1991
From the Star Warsand Indiana Jones trilogies to Witness and Working Girl, Ford has had a knack for picking the right scripts, and this is no exception. It's a Hollywood story if ever there was one, but Nichols -- with a list of credits that reads like a partial list of some of the most affecting motion pictures ever made -- is a master of the game: his sure technique draws the viewer in and never lets go until the final credits begin their crawl. Ford, as usual, is a delight to watch; his portrayals of both Henry the Ruthless Lawyer and Henry the Reborn are dead-on, unerring in their accuracy. Bening is likewise excellent: as Henry's wife, struggling to cope with the sudden loss of both the husband she knew and the income he brought in, she's at once confused, compassionate and powerful. It's a far cry from her previous role in The Grifters, but that just reinforces the character's believability. The only real qualm I have with Henry concerns how quickly Nichols glosses over the rehabilitation scenes -- a montage here, a touching utterance there, and all of a sudden Henry is up and about with nothing missing but his memory. Naturally, this was done to cut to the meat of the story, but still… Regarding Henry is, as I mentioned, a Hollywood story, but Nichols and his team pull it all off very nicely. The sleeper hit of the summer? Could be.