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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 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,663, 18 December 1994

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

Jodie Foster has declared that this role is her personal favorite. See more »

Goofs

Nell pronounces Jerry as "Jay/Jae" she should have used his named correctly because she was not physical speech impairment , her distorted language was due to way she learned the language from due to her mother's aphasia and hence the twin speak she developed with her sister. Any new word or name she would have heard would have been pronounced as such since she was not mentally challenged or autistic even. See more »

Quotes

Jerry: [translating for Nell to the court] You have big things. You know big things. But you don't look into each other's eyes. And you're hungry for quietness.
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Referenced in Just Shoot Me!: There's Something About Allison (2003) See more »

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Crazy
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Foster at her peak.
5 February 2002 | by THX 1138See all my reviews

It's easy to point out the flaws in "Nell". The sub plots that are left to waste, the "Taster's Choice" ending, and above all, failing to delve deeper into the psyche of Nell instead of dwelling too much on scenery and loose shots. Too easy. But let's concentrate on the good. And there is much to love about this movie, not in the least Fosters brilliant acting. I remember when I saw this movie in the theater for the first time, I was totally convinced by her acting. During the entire movie I never doubted for a second that Foster was "Nell". This is the best compliment I could give any actress or actor.


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