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Mental Illness: Major Films   no photo.
TitleWalter and Henry (2001) (TV Film)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityMental Nervous Breakdown
CountryCanada/USA
Length90
GenreDrama
Rating3
DirectorDaniel Petrie
CastJohn Larroquette Nicholas Braun James Coburn Kate Nelligan
NotesA father, Walter, and his 12 (I though he was 14) year old son, Henry, live on waste ground in caravan. Father plays sax and son plays keyboards in a park for a living. While playing in the park the father goes beserk and is arrested and restrained in hospital. Heavily sedated on anti-psychotic drugs. Henry tries to get him out of hospital but authorities want to put him under child welfare. He is sent to the Bronx Community Youth Center. From there he runs away and goes to well-off relatives. Aunt Elizabeth and Grandfather Charlie. Coburn as the grandfather limps and reveals his (real) arthritic hands. They arrange for him to go to Pine Hill, a better institution. Henry goes to live with his grandfather and aunt and attends school for first time. Clearly impresses everyone at school with his knowledge. Hospital administers shock therapy which results in Walter becoming alert. Walter leaves hospital and goes to his father's house, he recesses somewhat but in the end all appears to be well. It is never stated what was wrong with him though it was somekind of nervous breakdown and it is suggested his relationship with his father was at the root of it.

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