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Nell (1994)

 -  Drama  -  23 December 1994 (USA)
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In a remote woodland cabin, a small town doctor discovers Nell - a beautiful young hermit woman with many secrets.

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Paula Olsen
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Alexander Paley
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Todd Peterson
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Mary Peterson
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Billy Fisher
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Don Fontana
Heather M. Bomba ...
Twin #1
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Mike Ibarra
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Ruthie Lovell
Mary Lynn Riner ...
Janet Baring
Lucile McIntyre ...
Sally
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Storyline

Nell is a girl who's been brought up in an isolated world. The only people she knew were her mother and twin sister. They lived together in a cottage in the forest. Nobody has ever met Nell. After her mother's death, she's discovered by the local doctor Jerome. He's fascinated by her, since she speaks a mangled language, developed by her sister and herself growing up, "twin speak" if you will. But Paula, a psychology student, wants her observed in a laboratory. The judge decides they get three months to observe her in the forest, after which he'll decide about Nell's future. Written by Tony Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

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Her heart. Her soul. Her language are a mystery...A mystery called Nell. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for nudity | See all certifications »

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23 December 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Una mujer llamada Nell  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£902,923 (UK) (17 March 1995)

Gross:

£1,843,233 (UK) (14 April 1995)
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Trivia

Christina Applegate was offered the role of Paula, but turned the role down due to her commitment to the TV sitcom Married with Children (1987). See more »

Goofs

(at around 12 mins) Nell swims in the nude, but when on the shore and dancing, she has on underwear. See more »

Quotes

Paula: All the research shows that children who perceive their parents enjoying a good sex-life grow up to have far better sexual relationships themselves.
Jerry: Is that so?
Paula: Yea, that's so.
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CRAZY
Written by Willie Nelson
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Breath Taking
30 August 2002 | by (Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England) – See all my reviews

Nell is one of the most captivating, moving and thought provoking films I have ever seen in my life. The acting all round is superb, including a truly fine performance by Jodie Foster. This film is nothing short of spectacular, boasting a strong script, beautiful scenery and excellent direction. Overall, Nell is nothing short of breath taking. I strongly advise to see it. You won't be disappointed.


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