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

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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

Sheriff Todd Peterson: Well, she's definitely overage. So I guess we need to find her an adult protective service.
Jerry: She doesn't need a social worker. She needs a padded cell. That is one seriously disturbed lady.
Sheriff Todd Peterson: Well, I'm afraid that's gonna be your territory, Jerry.
Jerry: Thanks.
Sheriff Todd Peterson: [reciting the letter] The Lord led you here, stranger.
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CRAZY
Written by Willie Nelson
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Brilliant!
25 April 2004 | by bsmith-28See all my reviews

I just watched this movie for the second time. One word: wow!

This is one of the rare gems that you can tell when actors and actresses put everything into their performances, and actually go beyond the role. How can I tell? At the very end of the movie, the emotion of the moment that Jodie's character feels towards the scene with the little girl reminding her of her lost sister is enough to make Jodie herself cry and wipe away a tear. Incredible. It's very rare to see that level of immersion into a role where the actors involved feel real emotion about a scene. I'm willing to bet that moment of grace at the very end of the movie wasn't scripted nor acted on Jodie's part. You simply cannot get more heartfelt emotion into a scene than what was shown at the end of Nell. Brilliant and well-acted movie by all. A definite 10.


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