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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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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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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$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 »

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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 »

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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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References Captain Blood (1935) See more »

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Composed by Tony Kinsey (as T. Kinsey)
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A little giant among films
27 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an easy vote. A real, well acted old time story of star crossed loves. Cutting edge acting by Vincent D'Onofrio as Robert and his girl Rene Z. An emotional, tender, and heartbreaking story. Both actors pull out your emotions and put them through the wringer. Beautifully filmed and the music fits the mood. Vincent was perfect. His intense face, which he uses as an emotional barometer, captures and relays the tortures Robert E Howard experienced. It is how films used to be - memorable. This was Rene Z's first serious work, and I will say she has never come close again in touch the emotional triggers although she is big box office. Her thanks to Vincent on receiving her first Academy awards speaks volumes " Thank you Vincent for teaching me how to work." They were a lovely team together with a special bond both actors created together. I did not want to leave the characters and return to reality. In closing, this "little movie" budget wise and distribution wise, is actually a far greater achievement then it's modest budget could foresee. This film should have been dubbed as one of the greats instead of shelved and forgotten.


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