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Nuts (1987)

A high-class call girl accused of murder fights for the right to stand trial rather than be declared mentally incompetent.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Tom Topor (based upon the play by), Tom Topor (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbra Streisand ... Claudia Draper
Richard Dreyfuss ... Aaron Levinsky
Maureen Stapleton ... Rose Kirk
Karl Malden ... Arthur Kirk
Eli Wallach ... Dr. Herbert A. Morrison
Robert Webber ... Francis MacMillan
James Whitmore ... Judge Stanley Murdoch
Leslie Nielsen ... Allen Green
William Prince ... Clarence Middleton
Dakin Matthews ... 1st Judge
Paul Benjamin ... Harry Harrison
Warren Manzi Warren Manzi ... Saul Kreiglitz
Elizabeth Hoffman ... Dr. Johnson
Castulo Guerra ... Dr. Arantes
Stacy Bergman Stacy Bergman ... 16 year-old Claudia
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Storyline

A high-class call girl kills a customer in self-defense. To avoid scandal, her parents try to have her declared mentally incompetent. Not helping matters is that she is very distrustful of everybody, including her court-appointed attorney, and is very disruptive during her court hearings. Written by Tony Berkoff <aberkoff@hq.caci.com>

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Taglines:

Mad As In Angry. Or Just Plain... NUTS

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Mark Rydell was the first director attached to this film, with Barbra Streisand interested in playing Claudia. However, Rydell cast the younger Debra Winger instead. Then Streisand came back after Winger pulled out. Then Rydell left the project, and Streisand hired Martin Ritt. Streisand says she was genuinely frightened of Leslie Nielsen, who managed to convince her he was dangerous. She says she wishes she had "fought back" more in their dramatic sequence together, but that he really did scare her. See more »

Quotes

Aaron Levinsky: Mrs. Draper. Do you want me to represent you in this competency hearing?
Claudia Draper: I don't know. Are you any good?
Aaron Levinsky: You had good. Now you got me.
Claudia Draper: I could do worse.
Aaron Levinsky: Don't be so sure.
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Connections

Referenced in The Nanny: The Ex-Niles (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

HERE WE ARE AT LAST
Music by Barbra Streisand
Lyrics by Richard Baskin
Arranged & played by Randy Waldman
(Bar Music)
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A Powerful and Intelligent Film.
27 November 1999 | by MAX80See all my reviews

Based on Tom Topors's off broadway play, NUTS is a highly charged drama that raises some uneasy questions. NUTS opened in late 1987 to little hype and mixed reviews.

This is a film that deserves to have a second life on video. While the court room plot devices are predictable, the film raises some important issues and questions. Questions like, "What is normal?" and "Does the law have the right to force help upon those who don't want it?"

What really makes this film worth watching though, is Barbra Strisand's bravura performance in the lead. I cannot believe she failed to receive an Oscar for her work here, it's crime that she wasn't at least nominated. Director Martin Ritt keep the film going at a perfect pace and also gets strong supporting performances from Richard Dreyfss and Maureen Stapleton.

This is a film that deserves more attention then it originally received, it is honest, though-provoking, and features a brilliant performance from Streisand.

My score for this excellent film: 9/10!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,606,083, 22 November 1987

Gross USA:

$30,950,002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,950,002
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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