6.0/10
740
5 user 7 critic

Weeds (1987)

R | | Drama | 16 October 1987 (USA)
Trailer
0:31 | Trailer
A San Quentin inmate, sentenced to life without parole, writes a play that catches the interest of a reporter.

Director:

John D. Hancock (as John Hancock)

Writers:

Dorothy Tristan, John D. Hancock (as John Hancock)
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A rich but troubled family find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.

Director: Paul Mazursky
Stars: Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss
Affliction (1997)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A deeply troubled small town cop investigates a suspicious hunting death while events occur that cause him to mentally disintegrate.

Director: Paul Schrader
Stars: Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, James Coburn
Silkwood (1983)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant.

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A seeming good Samaritan (Debra Winger) hires a private detective (Nolte) to prove a teen sitting in prison on a murder charge is innocent. His investigation discovers deep corruption in a ... See full summary »

Director: Karel Reisz
Stars: Debra Winger, Nick Nolte, Will Patton
Summer School (1987)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A high-school gym teacher has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them to teach a "bonehead" English class for misfit goof-off students. Fortunately, his unconventional brand ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Reiner
Stars: Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley, Robin Thomas
Darkman (1990)
Action | Crime | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A brilliant scientist left for dead returns to exact revenge on the people who burned him alive.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Lee Umstetter
Ernie Hudson ... Bagdad
Rita Taggart ... Lillian Bingington
Mark Rolston ... Dave
Lane Smith ... Claude
John Toles-Bey ... Navarro
Joe Mantegna ... Carmine
Essex Smith Essex Smith ... Vocalist
Sam L. Waymon Sam L. Waymon ... Vocalist
Orville Stoeber ... Lead Guitar
Cyro Baptista Cyro Baptista ... Bass Guitar
J.J. Johnston ... Lazarus
William Forsythe ... Burt the Booster
Anne Ramsey ... Mom Umstetter
Ray Reinhardt Ray Reinhardt ... Pop Umstetter
Edit

Storyline

Lee Umstetter is a lifer at San Quentin prison and a multiple suicide attempter. Eventually, another prisoner suggests reading to find something better to do with his time. Lee takes that advice and finds himself inspired from what he reads to write a play about life in prison. He has auditions and assembles a cast from his fellow inmates. The play proves popular and it catches the attention of a female reporter who writes about it, creating publicity that allows for a parole for him. Once out, he later reassembles his cast when they come out to do the play professionally. However, they learn that the demands of the life outside are difficult to cope with for the newly released and their play needs to be changed in major ways while they struggle to make it succeed. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Feel what it's like from the inside.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der stählerne Vorhang See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$132,970, 18 October 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,325,444
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Was a long standing project for Robert De Niro before Nolte became attached. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Monstrosity (1987) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
uneven
28 November 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Lee Umstetter (Nick Nolte) is in San Quentin serving life without the possibility of parole. He has a failed suicide attempt. He starts reading books, anything that is thick. He begins to appreciate literature and writes his own play "Weeds". The prisoners put on his plays and there is a change among them. San Francisco reporter Lillian Bingington takes an interest in him and gets him released. On the outside, he reunites with some of the prisoner-players from Quentin to go on the road with his latest play but it doesn't all go smoothly.

This start off as a serious prison drama but somewhere along the line, it becomes a dramedy about a traveling Broadway troupe. It's uneven to say the least. It can feel like a meandering journey but it never stops being interesting. The play is the least compelling part of the movie until they showed it in a prison. The movie threatens to get lost at various times but Nolte is able to lead the troupe home.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed