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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 (play), Tom Topor (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Me quieren volver loca See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$30,950,002
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dustin Hoffman put himself forward for the part of Aaron Levinsky, but the Warner Brothers studio rejected him due to high salary demands and creative differences. Marlon Brando, Jeff Bridges, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Richard Gere, Elliott Gould, Kevin Kline, Paul Newman and Al Pacino all turned it down. Alan Arkin, Peter Falk, Bob Hoskins, Ron Leibman, John Malkovich, and Sean Penn all wanted the part, but lost out to Richard Dreyfuss who had been the original first choice but who had originally turned down the role. 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 American Fork (2007) 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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Impressive Performance of Barbra Streisand
23 December 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In New York, the public defender Aaron Levinsky (Richard Dreyfuss) witnesses the high-class call girl Claudia Draper (Barbra Streisand) beating her attorney while waiting for his hearing in the courtroom. Judge Stanley Murdoch (James Whitmore) assigns him to defend Claudia and soon he learns that she killed her client Allen Green (Leslie Nielsen) in self-defense. However, her mother Rose Kirk (Maureen Stapleton) and her wealthy stepfather Arthur Kirk (Karl Malden) want her declared mentally incompetent to go on trial. Dr. Herbert A. Morrison (Eli Wallach) prepares a medical report stating that she is mentally unstable to support the trial, but Claudia wants to prove that she is sane; otherwise she would spend the rest of her life in a mental institution. Along the hearing, the District Attorney Francis MacMillan (Robert Webber) and Levinsky question the defendant, her mother, her stepfather and Dr. Morring and the painful truth about Claudia's childhood is disclosed.

"Nuts" is one of the best courtroom dramas ever made. The story is developed practically in one location, but the performances are awesome highlighting Barbra Streisand. This actress deserved at least a nomination to the Oscar. The conclusion has a corny moment, when Claudia hugs her mother. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Querem me Enlouquecer" ("They Want to Drive me Crazy")

Note: On 12 Nov 2018 I saw this film again.


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