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Nuts (1987)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  11 December 1987 (USA)
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A high-class call girl accused of murder fights for the right to stand trial rather than be declared mentally incompetent.

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Aaron Levinsky
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Rose Kirk
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Arthur Kirk
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Dr. Herbert A. Morrison
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Francis MacMillan
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Judge Stanley Murdoch
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Allen Green
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Clarence Middleton
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Paul Benjamin ...
Harry Harrison
Warren Manzi ...
Saul Kreiglitz
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Dr. Johnson
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Dr. Arantes
Stacy Bergman ...
16 year-old Claudia
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Storyline

A high-class call girl kills a customer in self-defense. To avoid scandal, her parents try to have her declared mentally incompetent. Not helping matters is that she is very distrustful of everybody, including her court-appointed attorney, and is very disruptive during her court hearings. Written by Tony Berkoff <aberkoff@hq.caci.com>

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Mad As In Angry. Or Just Plain... NUTS

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11 December 1987 (USA)  »

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Nuts ... Durchgedreht  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,152,529 (USA)
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Final non-comedy role in a film of actor-comedian Leslie Nielsen. See more »

Quotes

Aaron Levinsky: Mrs. Draper. Do you want me to represent you in this competency hearing?
Claudia Draper: I don't know. Are you any good?
Aaron Levinsky: You had good. Now you got me.
Claudia Draper: I could do worse.
Aaron Levinsky: Don't be so sure.
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HERE WE ARE AT LAST
Music by Barbra Streisand
Lyrics by Richard Baskin
Arranged & played by Randy Waldman
(Bar Music)
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Riveting courtroom drama; one of the best of it's kind
20 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Badly neglected by both audiences and critics at the time of it's original release, NUTS is a film that is ripe for reevaluation. Based on Tom Toplor's 1981 courtroom play, NUTS is definitely a dialogue-based film with little Hollywood flashiness. Though extremely well-written (by Toplor, adapting his own work with Darryl Ponicsan and Alvin Sargent) and sharply staged and directed by veteran Martin Ritt, it is the cast whom is really responsible bringing NUTS to life. Barbra Streisand gives an absolutely bravura performance that should have earned her an Oscar nomination. Alternately hilarious and frightening, Streisand is always mesmerizing as she delves so far into character.

Richard Dreyfess is nothing less than Streisand's equal as her public defender. He too was robbed of an Oscar nomination. The supporting cast is a top-notch ensemble of professional character actors (Maureen Stapleton, Eli Wallach, Robert Webber, James Whitmore, and Karl Malden), all of whom work their craft flawlessly. NUTS' screenplay does indulge in the predictability of some of the typical courtroom-plot conventions a little too often, but Toplor's absorbing script still deserves high praise for it's fascinating exploration of what constitutes as normality and whether or not the insane should be required to receive treatment. NUTS isn't going to win over any fans of 3-cuts-per-second action films, but it will leave lovers of thought-provoking, expertly-acted dramas fascinated.


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