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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
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Mike Ibarra
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Ruthie Lovell
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Janet Baring
Lucile McIntyre ...
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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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23 December 1994 (USA)  »

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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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As part of her preparation for the role, Jodie Foster read the same books that François Truffaut read when he was prepping his similarly themed film The Wild Child (1970). Foster, being fluent in French, read them in their original language. See more »

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When the journalist from the Charlotte Tribune, Mike Ibarra, introduces himself to Nell, he pronounces his last name "E-bear-a." When Ibarra introduces himself to Jerome Lovell just seconds later, he pronounces his last name "E-bar-a." See more »

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Janet Baring: Do you reckon he ought to be in the hospital?
Jerry: No, Ma'am. My advice is: don't go near those places, unless they pay you a heap of money. Your father is 87 years old, Janet. Just be there for him.
Janet Baring: Don't worry. I a-gonna go nowhere.
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Written by Willie Nelson
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Brilliant!
25 April 2004 | by (Washington State) – See all my reviews

I just watched this movie for the second time. One word: wow!

This is one of the rare gems that you can tell when actors and actresses put everything into their performances, and actually go beyond the role. How can I tell? At the very end of the movie, the emotion of the moment that Jodie's character feels towards the scene with the little girl reminding her of her lost sister is enough to make Jodie herself cry and wipe away a tear. Incredible. It's very rare to see that level of immersion into a role where the actors involved feel real emotion about a scene. I'm willing to bet that moment of grace at the very end of the movie wasn't scripted nor acted on Jodie's part. You simply cannot get more heartfelt emotion into a scene than what was shown at the end of Nell. Brilliant and well-acted movie by all. A definite 10.


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