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Ruby in Paradise (1993)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  November 1993 (USA)
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Ruby, a young woman, arrives in a Florida resort town during the off season to make a fresh start. She gets work as a sales clerk in a souvineer shop run by Mildred Chambers. She dates, and... See full summary »

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Ruby Lee Gissing
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Mike McCaslin
Bentley Mitchum ...
Ricky Chambers
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Rochelle Bridges
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Mildred Chambers
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Debrah Ann
Felicia Hernández ...
Persefina
Divya Satia ...
Indian Singer
Bobby Barnes ...
Wanda
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TV Weather Anchor (as Sharon M. Lewis)
Paul E. Mills ...
TV Evangelist
Brik Berkes ...
Jimmy
Abigail McKelvey ...
Canadian Tourist
Kristina Daman ...
Bar Manager
Mark Limmer ...
Spinnaker D.J.
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Ruby, a young woman, arrives in a Florida resort town during the off season to make a fresh start. She gets work as a sales clerk in a souvineer shop run by Mildred Chambers. She dates, and sleeps with, Ricky Chambers, Mildred's conceited son, but breaks off with him when she finds she's just another conquest. She gets involved with Mike, a left-wing greenhouse worker. As the seasons change, Ruby's relationships with others and herself go through metamorphoses as she makes choices and discoveries establishing her own identity. A character study. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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A woman's search for herself

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Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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November 1993 (USA)  »

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O Sol do Paraíso  »

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$800,000 (estimated)

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$1,001,437 (USA)
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Ruby Lee Gissing: I heard that Hell is when all your dreams come true.
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Hosannah Chorale: Heilig ist Gott der Vater
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Composed by Franz Liszt
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A Hidden Gem Worth Seeing
28 September 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the sea of crap that Hollywood (and others) continue to put out, this is one of those diamonds in the rough. A small, simple movie that is very entertaining and leaves you with the feeling that you didn't just waste an hour and a half of your life.

Ashley Judd is really quite amazing in this movie. I had never really been a fan or had noticed her before but going back and seeing this early performance of hers convinced me she's extremely talented.

Watching this film was an assignment in a college course for me so I was skeptical I would even care. I thought, "Oh boy, some dumb chic flick or feminist male-bashing indie crap..." I was pleasantly surprised. Without analyzing the many relevant themes, I'll just say, if you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and check it out. Sometimes the down-to-earth, slice-of-life movies are the best, and this is a great one.


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