A crime he didn't commit - yet

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 June, 2011, 12:00am


One day, toll collector Henry (Keanu Reeves) becomes an unwilling participant in a bank robbery. Rather than become a snitch, Henry takes the fall and goes to prison. There he meets the eccentric con man Max (James Caan).

Henry is released a year later, after serving time for a crime he didn't commit. So he decides he might as well rob the same bank for real this time.

Henry joins Max, who is also out on parole, for the heist. Their plan is to join a drama production of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, which is staged in a theatre connected to the bank through an old smugglers' tunnel. But then complications begin to set in - especially because Henry finds himself falling for the play's leading lady Julie (Vera Farmiga).

Co-producer Stephan Hamel came up with the idea for Henry's Crime five years ago with Reeves, his long-time friend. 'Stephen had this idea which became the seed of the entire film,' the actor says. '[It's] the story of a man who decides to rob a bank that he already went to jail for robbing. It all kind of took off from there.'

Screenwriter Sacha Gervasi was hired to work on a script as part of the creative trio. 'It was a deeply collaborative one [project] between Keanu, Sacha and I,' Hamel says.

Contains mature theme

Henry's Crime opens on June 16