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Nell (1994)

PG-13 | | 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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Judge
Stephanie Dawn Wood ...
Ruthie Lovell
Mary Lynn Riner ...
Janet Baring
Lucile McIntyre ...
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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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Drama

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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

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£902,923 (UK) (17 March 1995)

Gross:

$33,592,700 (USA)
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Trivia

The Swedish punk band Mimikry made a song called 'Nell' after watching this movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[Jerry found the Bible with the note from Nell's mom for the stranger to look for her Nell]
Jerry: What kind of deal is this? The first who finds her is supposed to look after her?
Sheriff Todd Peterson: [matter of factly] That means you, Jerry.
Sheriff Todd Peterson: Oh sure. Just what I need.
Sheriff Todd Peterson: [bemused reading from the note] 'The Lord led you here.' There you have it.
Jerry: *You* led me here.
Sheriff Todd Peterson: You want the Lord to take care of her now?
Jerry: The last time I saw the Lord was in church of my wedding and look how *that* turned out.
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Connections

Referenced in Game On: Martin's Baby (1998) See more »

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CRAZY
Written by Willie Nelson
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of MCA Records
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What a charming movie
28 June 2002 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This film really surprised me, because it was really good. But it mostly surprised me, because I read here that this would be a drama and I must say I disagree. Drama stands for sadness and melancholy, whereas this film stood for humanism. I mean Nell is basically as happy as can be and who are we (the people in the film) to tell her that her way of life is not good? I know this might sound strange, but I see this film as a metaphor for human behavior. We reject what is not like us (race, religion, gender, sexual preference, skin color and so on) and think those people ought to be like us, because they are not ‘normal'. Well you tell me who is more normal: Nell or the people who want to put her away; Nell or the journalists; Nell or the boys in the bar? I will tell you: Nell, Nell and Nell. I can recommend this film to everyone and I hereby want to thank all people involved and especially Jodie Foster for her great performance.

7,5 out of 10


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