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Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  17 December 1993 (USA)
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Two lonely, retired septuagenarians, an unkempt, hard-drinking Irish sea captain, and a fussy, well-mannered Cuban barber form an uneasy friendship.

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Walter
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Helen Cooney
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Bernice
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Ned Ryan
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Sleeper
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Georgia
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Henry's Dad
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Henry
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Woman in Stands
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Sid Showenstein
Aquilla Owens ...
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Storyline

Frank, a retired Irish seaman, and Walter, a retired Cuban barber, are two lonely old men trapped in the emptiness of their own lives. When they meet in a park Frank is able to start a conversation after several attempts. They begin to spend time together and become friends. But because of their different characters they often quarrel with each other and finally seperate after Frank misbehaves to Walter's friend Elaine. Written by Matthias Scheler <tron@lyssa.owl.de>

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...and other lies your friends let you get away with.

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »
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17 December 1993 (USA)  »

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Brydekamp med Ernest Hemingway  »

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$231,700 (USA)
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Loyda Ramos auditioned for the role of Elaine, the character played by Sandra Bullock in the film. Bullock and Ramos would then both appear in Speed (1994) the following year. See more »

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At one of the Little League games, one of the players gets picked off of first base is picked off after taking too big a lead. Leads are prohibited in Little League. See more »

Quotes

Frank: Take out your pecker and feed the Fish.
Walter: What?
Frank: Pee in the ocean.
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SOME ENCHANTED EVENING
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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Brilliant cast, beautifully crafted movie
2 July 2002 | by (LA,CA) – See all my reviews

A wonderful character driven film, brilliantly crafted by a gifted director and some of the best acting ever put on film. Robert Duvall inhabits his retired-barber character to the point of being unable to picture him as anyone else, let alone the hard-ass Vietnam Colonel Kilgore who "loves the smell of napalm in the morning". The first time I watched this movie (and trust me, it's worth watching again and again) I completely forgot the actor and was watching the life of this Cuban transplant unfold. And please, oh please, let Richard Harris find another role within which to shine as he did this one. He may be a prolific actor, but I hate to see his talent wasted in such "blockbusters" as Gladiator and Harry Potter.... His face, his eyes... you feel the distance and sorrow his character feels without his uttering a word. Brilliant. I'm constantly amazed when I mention this film that NOBODY seems to have seen it! One of my top ten favorite films of all time.


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