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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.

Director:

Michael Apted

Writers:

Mark Handley (play), William Nicholson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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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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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 Jerry. 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Swedish punk band Mimikry made a song called 'Nell' after watching this movie. 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

Paula: What is it with you and Nell?
Jerry: It's like... there's no one else in the world. Like she doesn't need anybody. Can you live your whole life that way, or does it drive you crazy in the end?
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Connections

Spoofed in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Mike Myers (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Crazy
Written by Willie Nelson
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of MCA Records
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A Unique, But Disturbing Film
7 April 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

remember this film, and subsequent VHS tape, getting a fair share of publicity when it was released. The story certainly was different and so interesting to me (on the first viewing) that Jodie Foster's constant incoherent phrases didn't bother me. They aggravated a lot of other viewers, however. However, after three looks at this film,

I had had enough, too, not because of Foster but because this is a disturbing film. It's not a lot of fun to watch. The fact I watched it three times tells you it's pretty darned good.

Liam Neeson played a no-nonsense good guy. Natasha Richardson also adds to this unique story.

I would definitely recommend this film to first-time viewers but be wary it's different and not always pleasant to see and hear. I don't want to say more in fear of spoiling the story, but kudos to Foster for an outstanding effort.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1994 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,663, 18 December 1994

Gross USA:

$33,683,817

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$106,683,817
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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