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Ulee's Gold (1997)

R | | Drama | 18 July 1997 (USA)
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
Traber Burns ...
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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Drama

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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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Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$89,563 (USA) (13 June 1997)

Gross:

$9,054,736 (USA) (6 March 1998)
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1.66 : 1
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Nick Nolte turned down the lead role because he felt it was too similar to the character he had played in The Prince of Tides (1991). See more »

Goofs

When Chance the truck driver get ready to leave with the honey barrels, The engine is heard to start before Chance gets all the way in the truck. 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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Crazy Credits

The bees are thanked at the end of the credits. See more »


Soundtracks

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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Good stuff. Slow, but that's OK.
17 February 2001 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

A pretty good little movie. The pace is a little slow, and often not much seems to be happening. This is not a bad thing here. Hollywood is usually so formulaic that they must not be discouraged when they try something a little different. Everything worked well here, the acting, the photography, the direction. Yes, Peter Fonda turned in a fine performance. I wonder if as much would have been made of this if Fonda hadn't spent most of his career playing in total stinkers, though. The small-time crooks, Fonda must deal with (including his son) are such losers they seem directly imported from an Elmore Leonard novel. Special mention for the child actress Vanessa Zima (Penny Jackson). She performed wonderfully in her role, full of soulful and meaningful looks. Either she is a very good child actress, or the casting director did a great job finding a girl who looks the part.


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