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Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 17 December 1993 (USA)
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Two lonely, retired septuagenarians, an unkempt, hard-drinking Irish sea captain, and a fussy, well-mannered Cuban barber form an uneasy friendship.

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Randa Haines

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Steve Conrad
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Walter
Richard Harris ... Frank
Shirley MacLaine ... Helen Cooney
Sandra Bullock ... Elaine
Micole Mercurio ... Bernice
Marty Belafsky ... Ned Ryan
Harold Bergman Harold Bergman ... Sleeper
Piper Laurie ... Georgia
Ed Amatrudo ... Henry's Dad
Jag Davies Jag Davies ... Henry
Rudolph X. Herrera Rudolph X. Herrera ... Umpire
Persephone Felder Persephone Felder ... Woman in Stands
Stephen G. Anthony Stephen G. Anthony ... Leo Peetes
Greg Paul Meyers Greg Paul Meyers ... Sid Showenstein
Aquilla Owens Aquilla Owens ... First Girl in Park
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Storyline

Frank, a retired Irish seaman, and Walter, a retired Cuban barber, are two lonely old men trapped in the emptiness of their own lives. When they meet in a park Frank is able to start a conversation after several attempts. They begin to spend time together and become friends. But because of their different characters they often quarrel with each other and finally seperate after Frank misbehaves to Walter's friend Elaine. Written by Matthias Scheler <tron@lyssa.owl.de>

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...and other lies your friends let you get away with.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brydekamp med Hemingway See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,871, 19 December 1993

Gross USA:

$278,720

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$278,720
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Robert Duvall, Sandra Bullock, and Shirley MacLaine; and two Oscar nominees: Richard Harris and Piper Laurie. See more »

Goofs

At one of the Little League games, one of the players gets picked off of first base is picked off after taking too big a lead. Leads are prohibited in Little League. See more »

Quotes

[Frank is admiring a waitress's ass]
Frank: She's got a great backyard.
Walter: I don't know. I've never been to her house.
Frank: She's got a great ass.
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Connections

Features A Summer Place (1959) See more »

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Chess Anyone?
from "The Thomas Crown Affair"
Written by Michel Legrand
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8 February 2004 | by CinemusRexSee all my reviews

Although I've only seen this movie once quite a while ago it is definitely on my "see again soon" list. While slipping through the many film credits of Robert Duvall I felt I just had to comment. His performance in this movie separates him from his other characters and in my eyes cements his reputation as a premiere actor. Along with a wonderful cast including Richard Harris as a crusty old curmudgeon, the always talented Shirley MacLaine, and the relative newcomer at that time, Sandra Bullock the film spins its story in a very timely and entertaining manner and left me at the end with not only a lumpy throat (i can't tell you who dies of course but it's one of the best death scenes I've ever seen) but the crushing desire to see it at least three or four more times. Highly recommended.


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