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Novalyne Price Ellis (memoir One Who Walked Alone)
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Release Date:
20 December 1996 (USA) See more »
A true story about the true love of the greatest pulp fiction writer of all time.
In Texas in the 1930s, young schoolteacher Novalyne Price meets a handsome, eccentric, interesting young man named Robert Howard... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Vincent D'Onofrio ... Robert E. Howard

Renée Zellweger ... Novalyne Price

Ann Wedgeworth ... Mrs. Howard

Harve Presnell ... Dr. Howard

Benjamin Mouton ... Clyde Smith
Helen Cates ... Enid
Leslie Buesing ... Ethel (as Leslie Berger)
Chris Shearer ... Truett
Sandy Walper ... Mammy
Marion Eaton ... Woman on Bus
Dell Aldrich ... Mrs. Hemphill (as Dell F. Aldrich)

Libby Villari ... Etna Reed Price

Michael Corbett ... Booth Adams

Antonia Bogdanovich ... Teacher

Elizabeth D'Onofrio ... Mrs. Smith
Stephen Marshall ... Director
Bridgett ... Wolf

Directed by
Dan Ireland 
Writing credits
Novalyne Price Ellis (memoir One Who Walked Alone)

Michael Scott Myers (screenplay)

Produced by
Gregory Cascante .... executive producer
Luis Colina .... associate producer
Carl Colpaert .... producer (as Carl-Jan Colpaert)
Vincent D'Onofrio .... producer
Dan Ireland .... producer
Donald Kushner .... executive producer
Peter Locke .... executive producer
Lawrence Mortorff .... co-executive producer
Benjamin Mouton .... co-producer
Michael Scott Myers .... co-producer
Kevin Reidy .... producer
Jill Silverthorne .... line producer
Robert Strauss .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Harry Gregson-Williams 
Cinematography by
Claudio Rocha 
Film Editing by
Luis Colina 
Casting by
Laurel Smith 
Production Design by
John Frick 
Set Decoration by
Terri Wright  (as Terri L. Wright)
Costume Design by
Gail McMullen 
Makeup Department
Tammy Lema .... key makeup artist
Kelly Nelson .... hair stylist
Production Management
Vicki Ellis .... unit production manager
Linda Pallin .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mateo Barnstone .... second second assistant director
Sarah Casper .... second assistant director
Marshall Crosby .... first assistant director
Jonathan Winfrey .... first assistant director
Art Department
Amy Cadenhead .... buyer
John Carrel .... swing gang
Jesus Carrera .... constructor (as Jesus 'Chuy' Carrera)
John Coven .... storyboard artist
Stanford Gilbert .... property master (as Stan Gilbert)
Patricia Gura .... lead scenic artist (as Trish Gura)
Mark Hanks .... swing gang
Tara Lane .... second assistant props
King Orba .... first assistant props (as Mark Wallace)
Darren Patnode .... first assistant props (as Darren Patrode)
Amy Scofield .... swing gang
Jim Simard .... lead man
Gabriella Villarreal .... draper (as Gabriella Villareal)
Valerie Yandell .... swing gang
Michael Bayer .... co-lead man (uncredited)
Richard M. Moore .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Beau Biggart .... adr recordist
Lance Brown .... sound designer: fantasy sequences
Ed Carr .... sound re-recording mixer (as Ed Carr III)
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
Matt Colleran .... sound re-recordist (as Matthew Colleran)
Richard F.W. Davis .... sound effects editor (as Richard Davis)
John Glaeser .... boom operator
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer
Ron Harris .... adr recordist
Monett Holderer .... foley artist (as Monette Holderer)
Adam Kroloff .... sound effects editor
Bruce Nazarian .... supervising sound editor
Jay Nierenberg .... sound designer: fantasy sequences
Dennis Patterson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jill Schachne .... foley artist
Ken Segal .... production sound mixer
Cara Singleton .... sound utility
Robert Troy .... adr editor
Robert Troy .... dialogue editor
Reid A. Woodbury Jr. .... adr editor (as Reid Woodbury)
Reid A. Woodbury Jr. .... dialogue editor (as Reid Woodbury)
James Wright .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Doug Madick .... foley artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Allen Barnwell .... best boy electric
Casey Campbell .... electrician
Jason Goodowens .... best boy grip (as Jason K. Goodowens)
Randy 'Mongo' Halpern .... dolly grip
Randy 'Mongo' Halpern .... key grip
Rick Johnson .... gaffer
Jack McHaney .... electrician
Rob McKim .... electrician
Mark Miks .... camera loader
Barry Norwood .... second assistant camera
Garth Parr .... electric intern
Garth Parr .... grip
Melissa Phillips .... grip
Kosta Rigopoulos .... company grip (as Kosta Rigopolous)
Mario Ruiz .... grip
Bud Scott .... company grip
Ademir Silva .... first assistant camera
Roger Smith .... director of photography: second unit
Roger Smith .... gaffer
Teri Thomson Randall .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Teri Randall)
Ralph Watson .... Steadicam operator (as Ralph Watsoni)
Dan Zaitz .... still photographer
Casting Department
Delfino Hernandez .... casting assistant: Texas
Carla James .... casting: Texas
Curtis Winter .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carlos Brown .... wardrobe supervisor
Lee Hunsaker .... costumer (as Lee Hunsacker)
Janice Janacek .... wardrobe assistant (as Janice Janecek)
Danielle Valenciano .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Greg D'Auria .... second assistant editor (as Gregory D'Auria)
Nathan Easterling .... second assistant editor
Teresa Garber .... post-production coordinator (as Teresa Cintron)
Debra Goldfield .... first assistant editor
Lisa Jacobs .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Slamm Andrews .... music mixer
Slamm Andrews .... music recordist
Edrian Colina .... music editor
Bob Daspit .... musician: guitar
Steve Durnin .... musician: French horn
Jim Ercole .... musician: clarinet
Harry Gregson-Williams .... musician: piano
Brian Grossman .... source music supervisor
Miss Monroe .... musician: featured voice
Jud Pratt .... assistant music editor
Spencer Proffer .... executive music consultant
Amy Wilkins .... musician: harp
Boris Zelkin .... music copyist
Woofgang Zellweger .... musician: featured voice
Transportation Department
Konrad N. Besch .... driver
Raul Carrera .... driver
Ronald D. Chambers .... transportation coordinator (as Ron Chambers)
Joe Dye .... driver: honeywagon
Matt Koellner .... driver
Steve Kuhn .... picture car coordinator
Clide Nichols .... driver: picture car
Michael Paschall .... driver
Ronald L. Paschall .... transportation captain (as Ron Paschall)
Mike Poth .... driver
Robert Rowland .... driver
Kenneth West .... picture car mechanic
Jay Wylie .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Alan Abrams .... legal services
Eleonore Adlon .... generous support and guidance (as Elenore Adlon)
Felix O. Adlon .... generous support and guidance (as Felix Adlon)
Percy Adlon .... generous support and guidance
Alma Alaniz .... stand-in
Christopher Ball .... production financing: Newmarket Capital Group (as Chris Ball)
Gregg Bell .... key set production assistant
Cheryl Bergman .... travel services
Mervin Burnett .... stand-in
Michael R. Casey .... location manager (as Michael Casey)
Vivian Chisolm .... wolf owner
Joe Colvin .... assistant: Kevin Reidy
J. Antonio De La Ossa Jr. .... generous support and guidance
Kathleen Dempsey .... production office secretary: Los Angeles (as Kathy Dempsey)
Nathan Easterling .... production office assistant
Vicki Ellis .... production accountant
William Ellis .... generous support and guidance
Sims E. Ellison .... generous support and guidance
Sandy Flowers .... craft service
Billie Greenbaum Shane .... title designer (as Billie Greenbaum)
Daniel Hastings .... production office assistant
Wendy Hurst .... wolf owner
Amy Janota .... production office assistant
Robert O. Kaplan .... legal services
Sylvia Marroquin .... assistant accountant
Sheryl Denise McCormick .... caterer
Nansee Park .... assistant: Vincent D'Onofrio
Todd Redilla .... set production assistant
Renée Rosenfeld .... script supervisor (as Renee Rosenfeld)
Natalie Samanon .... production executive: Cineville
C.R. Smith .... supervisor: American Humane Association
Patricia Solano .... assistant: Dan Ireland
Anke Thommen .... production coordinator
Raigen Thornton .... medic
William Tyrer .... production financing: Newmarket Capital Group
Martha Waters .... set production assistant
Orian Williams .... production office assistant
April Wood .... assistant production coordinator
Hans Zimmer .... generous support and guidance
Leticia Alaniz .... stand-in: Renee Zellweger (uncredited)
Gina Carollo .... accountant (uncredited)
John K. Adams .... special thanks (as John Adams)
Moody Anderson .... special thanks: Texas Traders
Michael Apostolina .... special thanks
Lynn Asma .... special thanks
Carl Bressler .... special thanks
Emma Burnham .... special thanks
Stephen Cain .... special thanks
John Carrabino .... special thanks
Cori Cascante .... special thanks
Kenneth C. Christmas Jr. .... special thanks
Ethan Coen .... special thanks
Joel Coen .... special thanks
Doug Collins .... special thanks
Mickey Cottrell .... special thanks
Olivia d'Abo .... special thanks
Darrell Davis .... special thanks (as Craig Davis)
Raymond De Felitta .... special thanks (as Raymond de Fellita)
Tom DeCerchio .... special thanks (as Tom de Cerchio)
Martin Donovan .... special thanks
Kayla Eiriksson-Lopez .... special thanks (as Tami Lopez)
Marvin Ellis .... special thanks
Novalyne Price Ellis .... dedicatee
Carol A. Ellison .... special thanks
Gwen Field .... special thanks
Geoffrey Gilmore .... special thanks
Nicole Given .... special thanks
Anais M. Hayes .... special thanks
Vanessa Hayes .... special thanks
William Hochberg .... special thanks
Tracey Jacobs .... special thanks
Greg Kachel .... special thanks
Daphna Kastner .... special thanks
Sal Ladestro .... special thanks
Barbara Levy .... special thanks
Glenn Lourd .... special thanks
Billie Ruth Loving .... special thanks
Darryl Macdonald .... special thanks
Joanne Moore .... special thanks
Adam Moos .... special thanks
Ms. Alla Ray Morris .... in loving memory of
James Mouton .... special thanks
Terri Mouton .... special thanks
Verla Mouton .... special thanks
Dorian Muncey .... special thanks
Annette Myers .... special thanks
Scott Myers .... special thanks
Patricia Nava .... special thanks
Paul Nipper .... special thanks
Ruben Oliva .... special thanks
Lisa Onodera .... special thanks
Bennie Peltola .... special thanks
Scott Peltola .... special thanks
Leonard Pollack .... special thanks
Lucy Pond .... special thanks
Alexandra Rose .... special thanks
Bernard Rose .... special thanks
Theresa Russell .... special thanks
Gabriela Sabet .... special thanks
Sam Schwartz .... special thanks
Reid Shane .... special thanks
Michael Shaw .... special thanks
Adam Milo Smalley .... special thanks (as Adam Smalley)
Lance Smith .... special thanks
Karen Tangorra .... special thanks
Walter Teller .... special thanks
Stacy Title .... special thanks
Robert Troy .... special thanks
Ronaldo Vasconcellos .... special thanks
Louis Venosta .... special thanks
Lisa Viola .... special thanks
Suzanne Zimmer .... special thanks
Claire Zlozower .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG for a substantial amount of mild language and mature thematic elements
111 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Renée Zellweger, upon receiving her Oscar for Cold Mountain (2003), thanked Vincent D'Onofrio for teaching her how to act, referring to her experiences in this movie.See more »
Anachronisms: When the school principal welcomes the teachers for the new school year, the U.S. flag in the background has 50 stars, whereas in the 1930s the flag would have only had 48 stars.See more »
[first lines]
Novalyne Price:I met Bob Howard today. My old sweetheart, Clyde, brought him over.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Welcome to Hollywood (1998)See more »
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17 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A wonderful love story, 26 January 2003
Author: diana balance ( from Los Angeles

Usually I treat "love stories" with a thinly veiled contempt. Call me cynical, but most are contrived, sappy, and predictable. The Whole Wide World is anything but, and like most stories that break your heart, it's a true one - not something created by the overactive imagination of a Hollywood exec.

The basic story: based on the memoirs of Novalyne Price, The Whole Wide World is her recollection of the relationship she had with Conan creator and pulp fiction writer, Robert E. Howard, before his tragic suicide. The time period is 1930's and the place is small town Texas. Novalyne is a school teacher who wishes to be a published writer, and Howard is already established as a pulp fiction maverick. Both are in their late 20's.

The performances in this film are outstanding. Vincent D'Onofrio practically leaps off of the screen. His character is infuriating, heartbreaking, yet so fragile. Renee Zellweger filmed this movie just before she got the call to appear in Jerry Macguire, and she shines as Novalyne Price. Price was a smart, witty, and stubborn lady - in a time when such things were not considered very ladylike. Novalyne and Robert were introduced by a mutual acquaintance, and thus began their disjointed and devoted friendship.

There was obviously so much love between them, but circumstances, Howard's mental illness, and his unreasonable devotion to his mother prevented the ir relationship from ever reaching it's potential. The film shows their ups and downs and the connection they had between them. It's a tragic, very real human story and more than worth two hours of your time. Just make sure you have a tissue ready because it is a tear jerker. It never lowers itself to petty sentimentality though. The Whole Wide World will touch you via pure emotional story telling - kudos to the writer who adapted Price's novel.

It's criminal that the DVD and video are not available in the United States! Various cable channels are playing it regularly, and the DVD is available in Canada. Try to catch it if you can!

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