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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 »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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, Mae. They lived together in a cottage in the forest. Nobody has ever met Nell. After her mother's death, she's discovered by Jerome, the local doctor. He's fascinated by her, since she speaks a mangled language, developed by her and Mae 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 her 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 »

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Trivia

A successful four-membered South Korean indie-rock band named themselves Nell after this movie. 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

Paula: To think I was going to be the one to change her life.
Jerry: Me too.
Mary: Don't you know? You were the first.
Paula: The first what?
Mary: To need her.
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Crazy
Written by Willie Nelson
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of MCA Records
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A great movie. A wonderful story.
17 May 2006 | by goladyoSee all my reviews

My comments have little to do with the quality of the movie. However, I think it was exceptionally well done. I found myself wishing there was more to the story to fill in parts that seemed to be missing. Like the five year jump just before the last scene. So I found the book called 'Nell', which is based on the screenplay for the movie, and I read it. But the book added little to the story. Although my hunger for a more comprehensive story was not to be satisfied, I was more than compensated for this imagined shortcoming when I finally realized what the movie was really about. To me the essence of the story of 'Nell' is Nell's ability to look deeply into a person's eyes, to communicate from her soul to yours, letting you know absolutely that she cares about you. Although this ability of Nell's constitutes only a small part of the story, I believe it is responsible for the miraculous recovery of the Sheriff's wife from the depths of her long time depression. It also accounts for the effect Nell had on people in the courtroom. It is a human story. It is a spiritual story.


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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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