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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. 'Bob' Howard

Renée Zellweger ... Novalyne Price

Ann Wedgeworth ... Mrs. Howard

Harve Presnell ... Dr. Howard

Benjamin Mouton ... Clyde Smith

Michael Corbett ... Mayor Booth Adams
Helen Cates ... Enid
Marion Eaton ... Woman on Bus
Chris Shearer ... Truett Vinson
Leslie Buesing ... Ethel

Libby Villari ... Etna Reed Price
Sandy Walper ... Mammy
Dell Aldrich ... Mrs. Hemphill (as Dell F. Aldrich)

Elizabeth D'Onofrio ... Mrs. Smith

Antonia Bogdanovich ... Teacher
Stephen Marshall ... Director

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
Renee Rosenfeld .... script supervisor
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?

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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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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Movie Connections:
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13 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Movie's Heart is as big as the Whole Wide World, 26 November 2002
Author: Lauren Maffeo ( from Natick, MA, US

I saw online that this movie would be on TV and, since I love Renee Zellweger, I decided to give it a try. What I found was a rare movie that combines a tragic yet realistic romance with over-the-top performances that make the movie worth watching. For some it might get off to a slow start, but stay with it if you're the least bit interested. I made the mistake of playing around on the computer the first time I watched it, and I missed a lot. This movie deserves your full attention.

Based on the memoir by Novalyn Price about her relationship with pulp writer Bob Howard, the film does an excellent job of showing the on-and-off romance between grade-school teacher Novalyn and full-time writer Bob from both sides. Novalyn truly likes Bob, even loves him at one point, but Bob rides her off, saying "he can't be tied down." But once Novalyn starts dating Truett Benson, Bob's friend, Bob suddenly realizes what a special person Novalyn is and that he can't live without her. He tries several attempts to win her back, but all end either in tears or a fight. Every time Novalyn tries to give him a second chance to prove he loves her, he goes and spends all his time caring for his sick mother, not leaving her for a second. I know you're saying, "What's wrong with that? It just means he loved his mama." But as Novalyn points out, Bob is a grown man who should be leading his own life and being able to let go of his mother and get out once in awhile.

While most movies like these just go on and on about how one person can't live without the other, this one has you wondering if the two will really end up together. And unlike most romances where you're waiting for them to unlock lips, "Wide World" takes many twists and turns in the romance department;you may think you know what's going to happen, but you really don't [unless you already know the complete full story of Howard's life].

The performances by the two leads alone make the movie worth watching;anyone who appreciates good acting should definitely check this one out. Vincent D'Nofrio is amazing, in a performance that would make the real Bob Howard proud I'm sure. He was really overlooked and should have gotten way more recognition for this role. If his other movies are as good as this, it's really sad he doesn't have a more well-known career. There is some justice in the world though, because Renee Zellweger has gone on to become a major star after this part, as she should have. She has a warmth and sincerity that comes across in her acting and makes you root for her the whole time. You often forget she's acting because her delivery is so natural, and she has several emotional scenes to show her depth. I;m a big fan of hers, and this movie didn't disappoint. It's too bad this movie didn't get more recognition, but do yourself a favor and catch it the next time it's on TV. You won't be sorry.

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