Walter and Henry

Network Premier: June 10, 2001
Walter and Henry


Walter (Larroquette) and Henry (Braun) are a father and son duo who live in a trailer in an abandoned lot in the Bronx, and survive by playing blues on the street and in the subway depots for money. We learn that Walter, the dad, is mentaly unstable, and he has a nervous breakdown in Central Park, resulting in his addmitance to a mental institution, his son’s addmitantce to a foster home, and eventually the reconcilliation with Walter’s father and sister. While Walter deals with trying to become healthy again, Henry deals with trying to become a “normal kid” by going to school and learning to let his father take care of him. Enjoyable… but marred by too much language…
Premiers June 10th at 8:00 p.m.

Dove Review

This would have been a great family film, as Showtime had stated, but is is marred by R-rated type language, which is disheartenting since this was labled for families and rated TV-PG. If Showtime could release this film on video minus the language, I would recommend it. The film deals with some family issues that are not touched upon in many of todays films, and it does so without being over-cheesy and emotionally absurd. It is well written, directed, and it has higher quality than most films made for cable networks, making me think that it might have even been intended for a theatrical release. Let us hope that executive producer Norman Jewison (director of such films as The Hurricane) decides to fund more of these kinds of movies for the network, only without freewheeling use of profanities.

Content Description

4 s-words, 4 f-words, 5 uses of G**d***, 2 a**h***, 1 hell, and 1 damn. Walter starts smoking, and his family gets him to quit, and Henry is a self-proclaimed agnostic. Some minor references to drugs.


Company: Showtime Networks, Inc.
Director: Daniel Petrie, Sr.
Producer: Chiz Schultz
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 90 min.
Industry Rating: TV-PG
Starring: John Larroquette, Nicholas Braun, James Coburn, Kate Nelligan, and Dorian Harewood
Reviewer: Kyle Peck