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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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Don Fontana
Heather M. Bomba ...
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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 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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Una mujer llamada Nell  »

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$31,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$33,683,817

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$106,683,817
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The Swedish punk band Mimikry made a song called 'Nell' after watching this movie. See more »

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(at around 14 mins) The depth of the water Jerry is in changes. See more »

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[Jerry found the Bible with the note from Nell's mom for the stranger to look for her Nell]
Jerry: What kind of deal is this? The first who finds her is supposed to look after her?
Sheriff Todd Peterson: [matter of factly] That means you, Jerry.
Sheriff Todd Peterson: Oh sure. Just what I need.
Sheriff Todd Peterson: [bemused reading from the note] 'The Lord led you here.' There you have it.
Jerry: *You* led me here.
Sheriff Todd Peterson: You want the Lord to take care of her now?
Jerry: The last time I saw the Lord was in church of my wedding and look how *that* turned out.
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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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 See 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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