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The Whole Wide World (1996)

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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 »

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Novalyne Price
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Mrs. Howard
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Dr. Howard
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Clyde Smith
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Mayor Booth Adams
Helen Cates ...
Enid
Marion Eaton ...
Woman on Bus
Chris Shearer ...
Truett Vinson
Leslie Buesing ...
Ethel
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Etna Reed Price
Sandy Walper ...
Mammy
Dell Aldrich ...
Mrs. Hemphill (as Dell F. Aldrich)
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Mrs. Smith
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Teacher
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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 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 <eberdon@aol.com>

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


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

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20 December 1996 (USA)  »

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Alle Liebe dieser Welt  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$136,933 (USA) (3 January 1997)
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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 »

Goofs

Early in the film, Mrs. Howard tells Bob that his publisher, Mr. Wright, called from New York. Weird Tales, edited by Farnsworth Wright, was actually published in Chicago. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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References Twentieth Century (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A hidden gem
11 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this movie while searching through a reduced DVD bin. But once I saw Vincent D'onofrio in the lead I knew I would not be disappointed; and of course I wasn't.

He is one of the most talented and underrated actors gracing the indie screen today. Although he has had several big budget roles (MIB-The Cell to name a couple) he is a character actor and does extremely well with character driven films.

I'd never heard of Robert E. Howard until I watched the WWW and I couldn't think of a better person to introduce him to me than Mr. D'onofrio. The way he portrays his tortured existence and his need for companionship and acceptance was done with such brilliance and conviction, you can really appreciate how much Bob Howard lived inside his own head and yet longed to be part of the world around him.

Renee Zellweger also turned in a notable performance as Novaline Price. She skillfully portrayed the love, hope and irritation she often had for Bob. Together D'onofrio and Zellwegger not only showed the pain of unrequited love, but the richness of friendship.

I recommend this film to anyone looking for great acting, wonderful cinematography and a delightful score. Curl up, turn the lights down, and enjoy. I promise the characters will stay with you long after the final credits.


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