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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Ned Ryan
Harold Bergman ...
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Woman in Stands
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First Girl in Park


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.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

17 December 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brydekamp med Hemingway  »

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$231,700 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


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 »


Frank: [to Walter] You've never said hello to a woman. How are you going to say goodbye?
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Written by Patricio Ballagas
Performed by María Teresa Vera (as Maria Teresa Vera)
Courtesy of Kubaney Records
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one of the best films never seen
21 January 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The lack of attention this film received is an embarrassment. This is a fantastic film. Simple, elegant and true. Beautifully rendered from all points. In a just world, Duvall and Harris would have shared the Oscar. No other actors that year came anywhere near what these two accomplished. The fact that neither was even nominated is truly shameful.

If you were to ask me what it's about, I guess I'd say that it's about life, death, and rebirth, and all the human stuff that goes with that. Oh yeah, and joy. About how joy can seem like a distant, unreachable memory, when really it can be as close as the next park bench over--if only we have the courage.

If you want to experience a quiet little movie that will move you and reverberate in your memory long after, then seek this one out.

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