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The Whole Wide World (1996)

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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Clyde Smith
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Ethel (as Leslie Berger)
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Mrs. Hemphill (as Dell F. Aldrich)
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Etna Reed Price
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Booth Adams
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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  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)

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

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

The Bastrop, Texas, home that stood in for the home of Robert Howard, was the World War II residence of Judge C. B, Maynard, a Major in the J.A.G. office at U.S. Army training center Camp Swift. On 6 October 1942, a G.I. trainee who had been institutionalized before induction kidnapped and choked to death the judge's eight-year-old daughter. Apprehended immediately in a stolen car. he was found guilty at court martial and sentenced to hang. He was executed 19 March 1943. The Maynard family left Bastrop later. See more »

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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 »

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[first lines]
Novalyne Price: I met Bob Howard today. My old sweetheart, Clyde, brought him over.
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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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Depression Blues
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A gem of a Movie based upon a Great and Original Book.
14 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A wonderful romantic movie and obviously a labor of love for all concerned in its production. "One Who Walked Alone" as a miraculously excellent memoir, written by Novaline Price-Ellis decades after the events portrayed, based upon notes she had written at the time. The interplay between Novaline and Robert is mostly conversations when he takes her for a drive and "shoots off his mouth." Here's the greatest action writer in history, with worldwide fans, living with his mother in a town where nobody sees him as either hero or star, just a big over-sized hunk who lives with his folks. Vincent d'Ofrino is ALWAYS a joy to watch and Rene Zellwiger can always be depended upon for a solid performance. As for sex appeal, Rene is definitely not a plump or fat Brigit Jones but rather she's slender, lithe, and not heavy enough to hold down a job as a paperweight. In other words, just what this 6'4" hunk goes after --- every time. But aside from that, Whole Wide World is the kind of great movie you'll never forget. Search for it in VHS or DVD and go to a specialty store if need be.


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