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Ruby in Paradise (1993)

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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... See full summary »

Director:

Victor Nunez

Writers:

Jane Austen (loosely based on novel "Northanger Abbey"), Victor Nunez
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3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... Debrah Ann
Felicia Hernández Felicia Hernández ... Persefina
Divya Satia Divya Satia ... Indian Singer
Bobby Barnes Bobby Barnes ... Wanda
Sharon Lewis ... TV Weather Anchor (as Sharon M. Lewis)
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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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)

Gross USA:

$1,001,437
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is a homage to Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. See more »

Quotes

Mike McCaslin: This selling game... it can't mean anything, it can't be the reason you're here.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Memo to the Academy - 1994 (1994) See more »

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Raised on Promises
Performed and Written by Sam Phillips
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
Published by Eden Bridge Music (ASCAP)
Administered by Bug
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Indie gem; Judd's best performance prior to 'going Hollywood'
21 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

RUBY IN PARADISE (1993) ***1/2 Ashley Judd, Todd Field, Dorothy Lyman, Bentley Mitchum. Delightful coming of age story about a young woman discovering her independence in a small Florida resort town. Outstanding breakthrough performance by newcomer Judd and heart-felt narrative that never loses interest.


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