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Nell (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama | 23 December 1994 (USA)
In a remote woodland cabin, a small town doctor discovers Nell - a beautiful young hermit woman with many secrets.

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Billy Fisher
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Don Fontana
Heather M. Bomba ...
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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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Rated PG-13 for nudity | See all certifications »

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Una mujer llamada Nell  »

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$31,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$33,683,817

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$106,683,817
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The lake Nell's cabin sits on is obviously an artificial one, likely produced by a dam built on a river. Inlets like hers, are the result of deep ravines in the landscape that fill up with water. The stone, which extend out into the water, and provide the setting for some of the film's more poignant moments, would never be found naturally in such an inlet; they would have been added for the film. See more »

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

Quotes

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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Follows The Wild Child (1970) See more »

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CRAZY
Written by Willie Nelson
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Very Interesting-A sleeper that I really liked.
27 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

Having never seen this film before, I "stumbled" on to it this morning about 10 minutes after it started on A&E and was so mesmerized that I watched the whole movie, and really liked it! It is well acted (Jodie Foster is INCREDIBLE), as is Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson, and it's just an all around GOOD movie. I recommend it very highly, and stopped short of giving it a "10" because it didn't have one of those neat what-happened-to-her title-over endings, though the ending IS a good one.


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