In 1933 Texas, a schoolteacher and aspiring writer meets a pulp fiction writer, and a relationship soon develops between the two, but it is doomed by his slavishly devotion to his ailing mother and insistence on his freedom.

Director:

Dan Ireland

Writers:

Novalyne Price Ellis (memoir One Who Walked Alone), Michael Scott Myers (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Robert E. Howard
Renée Zellweger ... Novalyne Price
Ann Wedgeworth ... Mrs. Howard
Harve Presnell ... Dr. Howard
Benjamin Mouton ... Clyde Smith
Helen Cates Helen Cates ... Enid
Leslie Buesing Leslie Buesing ... Ethel (as Leslie Berger)
Chris Shearer Chris Shearer ... Truett
Sandy Walper Sandy Walper ... Mammy
Marion Eaton ... Woman on Bus
Dell Aldrich Dell Aldrich ... Mrs. Hemphill (as Dell F. Aldrich)
Libby Villari ... Etna Reed Price
Michael Corbett ... Booth Adams
Antonia Bogdanovich ... Teacher
Elizabeth D'Onofrio ... Mrs. Smith
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Storyline

In Texas in the 1930s, young schoolteacher Novalyne Price (Renée Zellweger) meets a handsome, eccentric, interesting young man named Robert E. Howard (Vincent D'Onofrio). He's a successful writer of the pulp stories of "Conan the Barbarian", and she's an aspiring one. A friendship develops into a sort of courtship. Based on a memoir by Novalyne Price. Written by Eileen Berdon <eberdon@aol.com>

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A true story about the true love of the greatest pulp fiction writer of all time.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for a substantial amount of mild language and mature thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Directorial debut of Dan Ireland. See more »

Goofs

When the school principal welcomes the teachers for the new school year, the U.S. flag in the background has 50 stars, whereas in the 1930s the flag would have only had 48 stars. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Novalyne Price: I met Bob Howard today. My old sweetheart, Clyde, brought him over.
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Crazy Credits

During her interview on "Inside the Actor's Studio", Renee Zellweger revealed that the end credit for Woofgang Zellweger was an inside reference to her dog, "Woof." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Conan: The Rise of a Fantasy Legend (2005) See more »

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The Girl with a Pink Rose
Composed by Roger Roger (as Eric Swann)
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This is Perfection
15 May 2005 | by seabreeze-1See all my reviews

Before I saw this movie a few years ago, I had never heard of "Robert E Howard". Since then, I've educated myself on who Robert E Howard was...and who Novalynn was. He was extraordinary and she drank him up. It's incredible that someone took her book and made a movie out of the story. Even more incredible is how perfectly it was all orchestrated. The characters were fantastic (Especially Vincent DiOnofrio). The script was great, the filmwork was beautiful, the timing was right on. I will never grow tired of this movie. And I'll continue to turn it onto whoever comes over to my house and hasn't seen it yet. The Whole Wide World is a masterpiece!


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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Whole Wide World See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,316, 22 December 1996

Gross USA:

$375,757

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$375,757
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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