The Whole Wide World (1996)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  20 December 1996 (USA)
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In Texas in the 1930s, young schoolteacher Novalyne Price meets a handsome, eccentric, interesting young man named Robert Howard. He's a successful writer - of the pulp stories of 'Conan ... See full summary »



(memoir One Who Walked Alone), (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Howard
Dr. Howard
Clyde Smith
Helen Cates ...
Leslie Buesing ...
Ethel (as Leslie Berger)
Chris Shearer ...
Sandy Walper ...
Marion Eaton ...
Woman on Bus
Dell Aldrich ...
Mrs. Hemphill (as Dell F. Aldrich)
Etna Reed Price
Booth Adams
Mrs. Smith


In Texas in the 1930s, young schoolteacher Novalyne Price meets a handsome, eccentric, interesting young man named Robert Howard. He's a successful writer - of the pulp stories of 'Conan the Barbarian'; she's an aspiring one. A friendship develops into a sort of courtship. Based on a memoir by Novalyne Price. Written by Eileen Berdon <>

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A true story about the true love of the greatest pulp fiction writer of all time.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for a substantial amount of mild language and mature thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alle Liebe dieser Welt  »

Box Office


$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,318 (USA) (20 December 1996)


$136,933 (USA) (3 January 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The infamous kiss shared between characters Robert E. Howard ('Vincent D'Onofrio (I)') and Novalyne Price (Renée Zellweger) was only shot once. The kiss shown in the movie is a cut and edited version of their single take. See more »


Enid says that Bob Howard thinks he's "Max Schneling" when he is pretending to box. The German boxing champ's name was actually Max Schmeling. See more »


[first lines]
Novalyne Price: I met Bob Howard today. My old sweetheart, Clyde, brought him over.
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Crazy Credits

During her interview on "Inside the Actor's Studio", Renee Zellweger revealed that the end credit for Woofgang Zellweger was an inside reference to her dog, "Woof." See more »


Referenced in Conan: The Rise of a Fantasy Legend (2005) See more »


Silent Night
Music by Franz Gruber (uncredited)
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr (uncredited)
Arranged by Robert Farnon (as R. Farnon)
Courtesy of FirstCom Music/Jim Long Music
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This is Perfection
15 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before I saw this movie a few years ago, I had never heard of "Robert E Howard". Since then, I've educated myself on who Robert E Howard was...and who Novalynn was. He was extraordinary and she drank him up. It's incredible that someone took her book and made a movie out of the story. Even more incredible is how perfectly it was all orchestrated. The characters were fantastic (Especially Vincent DiOnofrio). The script was great, the filmwork was beautiful, the timing was right on. I will never grow tired of this movie. And I'll continue to turn it onto whoever comes over to my house and hasn't seen it yet. The Whole Wide World is a masterpiece!

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