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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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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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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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Jodie Foster originally planned to direct the film herself, but turned it over to Michael Apted instead. See more »

Goofs

When the journalist from the Charlotte Tribune, Mike Ibarra, introduces himself to Nell, he pronounces his last name "E-bear-a." When Ibarra introduces himself to Jerome Lovell just seconds later, he pronounces his last name "E-bar-a." See more »

Quotes

[Jerry plays music making Nell cry]
Paula: Turn that thing off! What the hell do you think you're doin'? She's never heard music before.
Jerry: Hey! Sometimes people just do things! It's called impulse. Try it some time.
Paula: It's called doin' what you want when you want to, and not giving a shit about anybody else! I grew out of it by the age of six!
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Written by Willie Nelson
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of MCA Records
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A beautiful film
11 December 2002 | by Bon_Jovi_chickSee all my reviews

It was a great and simple story. Simply about a woman raised in the wild, unable to speak proper english due to her mothers stroke and she is trying to be brought into "civilisation".

Neeson and Foster are the stars of this film!! Not just because of their star status but they really showed talent in this film. Foster is brilliant as the vulnerable but independent Nell and Neeson is great as her "guardian angel".

This film has its funny bits but the ending... well if youre dead sensitive, get the tissues out. When Nell speaks in the courts, I was causing a flood!!!!

I give it a 10/10. Definetly one to keep forever.

Helen xxxxx


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