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Ruby in Paradise (1993)

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A young woman struggles for independence and identity in a small Florida tourist town.

Director:

Victor Nunez

Writers:

Jane Austen (loosely based on novel "Northanger Abbey"), Victor Nunez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashley Judd ... Ruby Lee Gissing
Todd Field ... Mike McCaslin
Bentley Mitchum Bentley Mitchum ... Ricky Chambers
Allison Dean ... Rochelle Bridges
Dorothy Lyman ... Mildred Chambers
Betsy Douds Betsy Douds ... Debrah Ann
Felicia Hernández Felicia Hernández ... Persefina
Divya Satia Divya Satia ... Indian Singer
Bobby Barnes Bobby Barnes ... Wanda
Sharon M. Lewis Sharon M. Lewis ... TV Weather Anchor
Paul E. Mills Paul E. Mills ... TV Evangelist
Brik Berkes Brik Berkes ... Jimmy
Abigail McKelvey Abigail McKelvey ... Canadian Tourist
Kristina Daman Kristina Daman ... Bar Manager
Mark Limmer Mark Limmer ... Spinnaker D.J.
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Storyline

Ruby, a young woman, arrives in a Florida resort town during the off season to make a fresh start. She gets work as a sales clerk in a souvineer shop run by Mildred Chambers. She dates, and sleeps with, Ricky Chambers, Mildred's conceited son, but breaks off with him when she finds she's just another conquest. She gets involved with Mike, a left-wing greenhouse worker. As the seasons change, Ruby's relationships with others and herself go through metamorphoses as she makes choices and discoveries establishing her own identity. A character study. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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Taglines:

A woman's search for herself

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ruby in Paradise See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,297, 10 October 1993

Gross USA:

$1,001,437

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,001,437
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was #10 on Roger Ebert's list of the Best Films of 1993. See more »

Quotes

Ruby Lee Gissing: I heard that Hell is when all your dreams come true.
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Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1993 (1994) See more »

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Suspect of Love
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Written by Lucia Fishburne
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Not for everyone
31 December 2004 | by howie73See all my reviews

Victor Nunez imbues this unsentimental tale of a young woman's emotional journey with a sense of poetry seldom seen in cinema. By poetry I mean the sense in which the literary and the cinematic come into play. There is something very literary about the film, almost as if a novel has been adapted page by page to screen. In this sense, the film achieves depths many cannot; but it is also rather slow at other times, undercutting the depths it once achieved in favor of ennui. The film's star Ashley Judd has not yet made a better film than her debut here. She fits the role of lead Ruby like a glove, almost as if she didn't have to act. She has true movie star presence in the film, and hasn't really managed to convey the same allure in her later films, although she was impressive in Normal Life.


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