REGARDING HENRY Add To My Top 10
Release Date: July 12, 1991
Starring: Harrison Ford & Annette Bening
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Director: Mike Nichols
Producer: Robert Greenhut
Writer: Jeffrey Abrams
Address Comments To:Mr. Brandon Tartikoff
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197
On the outside, Henry is a forceful, driven attorney who puts in long hours to contribute to the firm and financially provide for his family. On the inside, however, Henry's life portrait is rotten.
He ruthlessly defends a local hospital in a lawsuit brought on by an elderly couple suing for malpractice. The case is vital to his firm and to his career. Thanks to Henry's strong defense, the hospital is found not guilty. Winning the case, Henry's law firm honors their hero by throwing him a party.
Swelling up with pride, Henry is in control of his life. However, the day of reckoning is at hand.
On the night of his stunning victory, after another party, Henry stops to buy some cigarettes. At the newsstand, a vagrant demands Henry's money. Since Henry only has pocket change on him, the thug shoots Henry in the head and chest.
Henry should be dead, but he fights to survive, and this is where the story begins. His gun wound to the head resulted in a lack of oxygen to Henry's brain, making him an invalid. With complete loss of memory and most of his motor skills, Henry begins physical therapy.
With the help of Bradley, his concerned but sometimes ribald black therapist who becomes hi friend, Henry is finally able to go home. However, "home" for Henry is the hospital, and Bradley is the only family he knows. Remembering for Henry is slow and painful to those around him, especially his loved ones. Many friends and colleagues respond to him by saying, "What a shame, regarding poor Henry...."
Once home with his family, Henry experiences a quality of life that he has never experienced before. His wife and daughter help him remember things about his past. Some memories are good, others are humiliating.
Henry discovers truth he suppressed in his law career. He was having an adulterous affair. His wife was also sexually involved with Henry's best friend. In any case, the contrast between Henry's former life and present situation is overwhelming.
As his life unravels before him, Henry realizes that his picture-perfect marriage was despicable. His past sins disgust him. Even so, his family still loves him. This new found, unconditional acceptance gives Henry a fresh chance to start life over again.
Overall, Henry is to be commended for abandoning his adulterous, power-hungry ways in a reaffirmation of marriage and family. In a sense, REGARDING HENRY underlines an important Biblical truth: "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?" (Matthew 16:26); however, the ultimate redemption of one's soul--the knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior--is understated in this otherwise poignant story of repentance, forgiveness and grace.
REGARDING HENRY is to be commended for rebuking selfishness and reaffirming the family. However, the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ is understated in this otherwise poignant, well-produced story of repentance, forgiveness and grace