The Stars Fell on Henrietta

The Stars Fell on Henrietta is a 1995 American drama film from Warner Bros., directed by James Keach and produced by Clint Eastwood. The film is based on a short story written by Winifred Sanford titled "Luck".[1] The script for the film was penned by Philip Railsback, who is Sanford's grandson.[1]

The Stars Fell on Henrietta
Directed byJames Keach
Produced byClint Eastwood
David Valdes
Written byPhilip Railsback
Music byDavid Benoit
CinematographyBruce Surtees
Edited byJoel Cox
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • September 15, 1995 (1995-09-15)
Running time
109 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget13 million
Box office$99,318


The setting is early America during the oil boom. An elderly, down on his luck 'oil man', Mr. Cox (Robert Duvall) finds himself in the town of Henrietta. Using unconventional methods, he convinces himself and local Don Day (Aidan Quinn) that there is oil on Day's land. The financially strapped Day puts everything into finding oil...but at what cost?[2]



Filming took place in Abilene, Texas and Bartlett, Texas on a budget of $13,000,000.


The film received mostly mixed reviews, holding only a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes, though Robert Duvall's performance was widely praised. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, "The movie may be worth seeing for (Robert Duvall's) performance, but the story itself is disappointing; it seems to travel around the same track once too often, and when the payoff comes, it seems short-circuited." Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times wrote, " Duvall's performance, however, is frankly on a different level than anything else in the film...With his innate ability to create people whole, to make his familiar mannerisms and gestures work effectively in every situation, Duvall is an actor to wonder at. Although it is not within his power to save the picture."


  1. ^ a b "Winifred Sanford". Zenith City Online. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger. "The Stars Fell On Henrietta Movie Review (1995) - Roger Ebert".

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