‘Henry’s Crime’: ‘Why Did You Go To Prison?’Added February 8, 2011
Working the night shift as a toll collector on a lonely stretch of highway in Buffalo, N.Y., Henry (Keanu Reeves) is a man seemingly without ambition, dreams or purpose, a man sleepwalking his way through life. He gets his wake-up call early one morning when he becomes an unwitting participant in an ill-conceived bank heist.
Rather than give up the names of the real culprits, Henry takes the fall and goes to jail. There, he meets the irrepressible Max (James Caan), a con man who’s grown far too comfortable with the familiarity and security of his “idyllic” life behind bars, but one who also helps plant an idea in Henry’s mind that will change his life forever: For a man to find his purpose, he must first have a dream.
Upon his release one year later, Henry finds his purpose. Having done the time, he decides he may as well do the crime.
Discovering a long forgotten bootlegger’s tunnel that runs from the very same bank to a theater across the alleyway, he convinces the reluctant Max to file for his long overdue parole — and then recruits his former cellmate to help stage a robbery.
Their plan is simple: By infiltrating the theater and its current production of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard,” the unlikely duo will buy just enough time to dig their way to the adjacent bank vault and drive off with their loot. Unfortunately that plan also includes Henry taking the lead role in the play, where he finds himself slowly falling for the production’s mercurial leading lady, Julie (Vera Farmiga).
By turns wry, offbeat and simply hilarious, “Henry’s Crime” is the heartwarming story of a man who finds his purpose in life. And then finds his destiny.
“Henry’s Crime” will be released on April 8 in New York with expansion in the top 10 markets to begin on April 15 from Moving Pictures Film and Television.