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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
Marianne E. Bomba ...
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Mike Ibarra
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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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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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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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(at around 14 mins) The depth of the water Jerry is in changes. See more »

Quotes

Jerry: She lives here all alone, huh?
Sheriff Todd Peterson: That's what hermits do, Lowell. They live alone and they die alone.
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A Unique, But Disturbing Film
7 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

remember this film, and subsequent VHS tape, getting a fair share of publicity when it was released. The story certainly was different and so interesting to me (on the first viewing) that Jodie Foster's constant incoherent phrases didn't bother me. They aggravated a lot of other viewers, however. However, after three looks at this film,

I had had enough, too, not because of Foster but because this is a disturbing film. It's not a lot of fun to watch. The fact I watched it three times tells you it's pretty darned good.

Liam Neeson played a no-nonsense good guy. Natasha Richardson also adds to this unique story.

I would definitely recommend this film to first-time viewers but be wary it's different and not always pleasant to see and hear. I don't want to say more in fear of spoiling the story, but kudos to Foster for an outstanding effort.


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