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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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Judge
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Ruthie Lovell
Mary Lynn Riner ...
Janet Baring
Lucile McIntyre ...
Sally
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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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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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Fifteen minutes in, the sheriff hands Dr. Lovell a photocopied newspaper article with a by-line of "by Mark Hutton". Mark Hutton is credited as having worked on props for the film. See more »

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Paula: [into her mic] She's been completely isolated. Almost certainly mentally retarded. A blood test will pick up childhood disease and any metabolic disorder.
Paula: [to Jerry] Oh, you carry a blood kit?
Jerry: You think she's gonna sit there and let me stick a needle in her?
Paula: [laughing, then matter of factly] I'll hold her.
[Paula takes off her jacket]
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13 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to see the original production of the play, its emotional impact was as profound as any I have experienced in the theatre. It is perhaps for this reason that I was left somewhat disappointed with this film.

However, I recently looked at it again and found that it is truly a top film. Jodie Foster is a towering talent as an actor and this performance was as good or better than any she's given. Neeson and Richardson were also at the top of their game. And the story of a woman shut off from the world, and the world's perceptions of her, merely because she can't communicate to it, is profound in its implications.

I should not have been surprised about being disappointed the first time. I also saw a stage production in Los Angeles of IDIOGLOSSIA and found that disappointing after the original. But this film is a wonderful film.


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