The World of Henry Orient

Synopsis: Henry Orient is a madly egocentric and overly amorous avant-garde concert pianist who is hilariously pursued all around New York City by two 14-year-old fans. The girls, Val and Gil chase a harassed Henry all over the city, thwarting his afternoon liaisons with a married woman and leaving utter chaos behind them - until Val's sexually promiscuous mother appears on the scene to put a stop to the girls' shenanigans.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): George Roy Hill
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min


A country of the ancient world

on the Mediterranean, north of Palestine.

The Phoenicians were great travellers.

They colonised Cyprus, Rhodes...

Crete. Cyprus, Rhodes and Crete.

Cyprus, Rhodes and Crete.

Please! Catch 'em, will you?

Gee, I'm sorry. What was it?

Music notes. I'll just have to

do them all over, that's all.

And I know Mr Drago's

going to have kittens.

I've a good mind to push it all in the river

and let them throw me out again.

- Are you in the eighth?

- Sure.

I've seen you.

You sit two rows in front of me.

Boy, is that Phoenicia a draggy dump.

Did you finish it?

I read some of it on the bus this morning,

but not all of it.

Were you really

thrown out of here before?

Not here. Two other schools,

though, in one year.

For gosh sakes, what for?

I'm unmanageable.

You're new here too, aren't you?

- Last month.

- You like it?

They say it's the finest girls' school

in the country.

I don't either. Gum?


You like Mr Drago?

- I think he stinks. Do you?

- I hate him!

So do I. What about Miss Cooney?

You like her?

- I think she stinks worse than Mr Drago.

- Me too.

- You know many other girls around here?

- Not many. Do you?

- Not many.

- Oh, darn!

- Do you have rubber bands?

- Yeah, listen.

- Haven't you?

- No, but I've got railroad tracks.

- Golly Moses.

- How long have you had yours?

- Nearly a year. Yours?

- Nearly two.

- When are you gonna get 'em off?

- June, he says.

For goodness sakes, me too!

- What are you doing Saturday?

- Nothing.

- Do you wanna go adventuring?

- How do you mean?

I mean, like jumping right of your skin

and being absolutely somebody else.

Not just pretending,

but being somebody else.

- Know the sailing pond in Central Park?

- Yeah.

You meet me there at ten o'clock

and I'll show you.

- What's your name?

- Marian Gilbert. What's yours?

- Valerie Boyd.

- Boyd?

Are you the one that

goes home early every day?

I forgot. I've gotta go see someone.


- Mom!

- Yes, dear.

Can I invite a friend

for lunch some Saturday?

You've finally found a friend

in that snob hatchery?

- Merci very beaucoup.

- How long should I leave the curry on?

- I'd give it another five minutes.

- Mom?

Of course. I've been hoping you would.

I'd like to meet your friends.

- Thanks.

- Better make it ten.

Maybe she can go with you

afterwards to Mrs DePaul's.

Mom, I told you,

I'm not going to that thing.

- Who's Mrs DePaul?

- She runs a cruddy old dancing class.

On the contrary,

she happens to be a very nice woman

who offers these ungrateful brats

a chance to meet some very nice boys.

I saw some of those very nice boys

waiting for the bus the other day.

Trinity School boys.

You know what they were doing?

- What?

- Burping.


They were having a burping contest

to see who could burp the loudest.

You can't beat the upper classes

for gracious living.

Did you see these Italian shoes

in the Altman ad this morning?

I couldn't wear anything like that.

I guess they're too pointed.

- It's a good heel, though.

- What about that? I rather like that.

Gil! Come on!

- What was it?

- Bandits.

What kind?

- Chinese.

- This could mean death.

- Especially to two beautiful white nurses.

- Look.

- D'you think we can make it?

- We must never be taken alive.

Here's the poison.

Hold it in the back of your mouth.

When they try and radish us,

just bite down on it.

- When they try and what?

- Radish us.

- Why would they do that?

- We're two beautiful white nurses, silly.

- My last thoughts were of him.

- Who?

- Gregory Peck.

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Nora Johnson

Nora Johnson (January 31, 1933 – October 5, 2017) was an American author. more…

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