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Ulee's Gold (1997)

 -  Drama  -  18 July 1997 (USA)
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A reclusive beekeeper slowly pulls his dysfunctional family back together, but not without having to fight his son's previous dastardly cohorts.

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Ulee Jackson
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Connie Hope
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Helen Jackson
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Jimmy Jackson
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Casey Jackson
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Penny Jackson
Steven Flynn ...
Eddie Flowers
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Ferris Dooley
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Sheriff Bill Floyd
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Chance Barrow
Ryan Marshall ...
Charley Myers
Chad Fish ...
Markie
Will Sexton ...
Child at Rest Stop
Dale C. Marshall ...
Beekeeper Assistant
James T. Whitehurst ...
Beekeeper Assistant
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Storyline

Ulee is called one day by his incarcerated son, Jimmy, asking for a favor. Jimmy will repay his debts if they save his wife, Helen, from hoodlums. Ulee must now risk his and his family's lives to save Helen. Written by Robert Krzanowski <stonedpsycho@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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18 July 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El oro de Ulises  »

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$2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

DEM 94,032 (Germany) (1 May 1998)

Gross:

DEM 94,032 (Germany) (1 May 1998)
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This was Jessica Biel's film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Ulee is being knifed the perpetrator uses an underarm swing, which would place the wound in his lower back. The view changes to inside the truck and the perpetrator's arm is shown as over handed which would cause a wound near the shoulder where it is shown to be. See more »

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[first lines]
Chance Barrow: So he says to me, I just soon they cut and stay off just north of Orlando. And let the bottom half go, right out into the Gulf. Say it didn't sound like such a bad idea...
Ulysses Ulee Jackson: Fair enough on the uh, Bakery Bridge, Chance. I want 92 for the Tupelo.
Chance Barrow: Ulee!
Ulysses Ulee Jackson: I could sell it myself... Fact is I've been thinking of doing just that.
Chance Barrow: Can you expect by next Thursday?
Ulysses Ulee Jackson: I can give you 39 barrels, I'll keep the rest...
Chance Barrow: You're not workin' as many bees these days, can you deliver?
Ulysses Ulee Jackson: I said 30. I'm ready...
Chance Barrow:
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Flower of the Hour
Written by Lida Husik
Used by Permission of On The Ledge Music/Husik Musik
Performed by Lida Husik
Courtesy of Caroline Records, Inc.
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A Nod to Homer...
25 August 1999 | by (Kennebunk) – See all my reviews

It's not until the second half of "Ulee's Gold" that we hear Peter Fonda's character's full name, Ulysses. Once spoken you can't help feeling the rush of recognition of Homer's influences in this well-acted drama. There is Ulee's dead wife, Penelope--whom was Odysseus' wife in "The Odyssey". There is Ulee's daughter-in-law Helen--whom was responsible for starting the Trojan War in "The Illiad". Ulee is a veteran of the Vietnam War in much the way that Odysseus was of the Trojan War. He tells his grand daugher Penny he survived because of his "trickery" in much the same way Odysseus did with the Trojan Horse. His endurance of the many things which befall him after being sent to retrieve his Helen remind one of the way Odysseus was treated when he returned to his home as a beggar. Nods to Homer aside, this film was slow at times but worth the rental when taken in its entirety. Peter Fonda and Patricia Richardson both give outstanding performances with Fonda well deserving of the Golden Globe for his portrayal of Ulee. Rent it on your next visit to the video store--it won't disappoint.


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