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Nell (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama | 23 December 1994 (USA)
In a remote woodland cabin, a small town doctor discovers Nell - a beautiful young hermit woman with many secrets.

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Michael Apted

Writers:

Mark Handley (play), William Nicholson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jodie Foster ... Nell
Liam Neeson ... Jerome Lovell
Natasha Richardson ... Paula Olsen
Richard Libertini ... Alexander Paley
Nick Searcy ... Todd Peterson
Robin Mullins Robin Mullins ... Mary Peterson
Jeremy Davies ... Billy Fisher
O'Neal Compton ... Don Fontana
Heather M. Bomba Heather M. Bomba ... Twin #1
Marianne E. Bomba Marianne E. Bomba ... Twin #2
Sean Bridgers ... Mike Ibarra
Joe Inscoe ... Judge
Stephanie Dawn Wood Stephanie Dawn Wood ... Ruthie Lovell
Mary Lynn Riner Mary Lynn Riner ... Janet Baring
Lucile McIntyre Lucile McIntyre ... Sally
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Storyline

Nell is a girl who's been brought up in an isolated world. The only people she knew were her mother and twin sister. They lived together in a cottage in the forest. Nobody has ever met Nell. After her mother's death, she's discovered by the local doctor Jerome. He's fascinated by her, since she speaks a mangled language, developed by her sister and herself growing up, "twin speak" if you will. But Paula, a psychology student, wants her observed in a laboratory. The judge decides they get three months to observe her in the forest, after which he'll decide about Nell's future. Written by Tony Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

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Language beyond understanding Life beyond words... Discover... See more »

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una mujer llamada Nell See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$33,683,817

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$106,683,817
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Dolby Digital | SDDS (uncredited)| DTS-Stereo (uncredited)| SDDS | DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Liam Neesom and Natasha Richardson got married and had two children in real-life, until she died in a skiing accident in 2009. See more »

Goofs

(at around 12 mins) Nell swims in the nude, but when on the shore and dancing, she has on underwear. See more »

Quotes

[Jerry found the Bible with the note from Nell's mom for the stranger to look for her Nell]
Jerry: What kind of deal is this? The first who finds her is supposed to look after her?
Sheriff Todd Peterson: [matter of factly] That means you, Jerry.
Sheriff Todd Peterson: Oh sure. Just what I need.
Sheriff Todd Peterson: [bemused reading from the note] 'The Lord led you here.' There you have it.
Jerry: *You* led me here.
Sheriff Todd Peterson: You want the Lord to take care of her now?
Jerry: The last time I saw the Lord was in church of my wedding and look how *that* turned out.
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Featured in 1995 MTV Movie Awards (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

CRAZY
Written by Willie Nelson
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Breath Taking
30 August 2002 | by JessTheCatSee all my reviews

Nell is one of the most captivating, moving and thought provoking films I have ever seen in my life. The acting all round is superb, including a truly fine performance by Jodie Foster. This film is nothing short of spectacular, boasting a strong script, beautiful scenery and excellent direction. Overall, Nell is nothing short of breath taking. I strongly advise to see it. You won't be disappointed.


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