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

Quotes

Ricky Chambers: You know most people are only two paychecks away from the streets. Did you know that?
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Soundtracks

Hosannah Chorale: Heilig ist Gott der Vater
Performed by Todd Field
Composed by Franz Liszt
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This is my new all-time favorite
10 August 1998 | by selma2See all my reviews

If there are words that are up to the task of describing this movie, I don't know what they are. Victor Nunez's understanding of what it's like to be a young, single woman trying to carve out a life for herself totally blows the idea that men and women are from different worlds out of the water. Watching "Ruby in Paradise" is like tailing along behind this woman as she goes through life, experiencing the mundane and profound moments mixed together and trying to figure out which is which. Ruby is wonderfully strong, brave, kind, and imperfect, and just the kind of woman that I want to be.


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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,297, 10 October 1993

Gross USA:

$1,001,437

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,001,437
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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