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The Whole Wide World (1996)

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In Texas in the 1930s, young schoolteacher Novalyne Price meets a handsome, eccentric, interesting young man named Robert Howard. He's a successful writer - of the pulp stories of 'Conan ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Robert E. Howard
... Novalyne Price
... Mrs. Howard
... Dr. Howard
... Clyde Smith
Helen Cates ... Enid
Leslie Buesing ... Ethel (as Leslie Berger)
Chris Shearer ... Truett
Sandy Walper ... Mammy
... Woman on Bus
Dell Aldrich ... Mrs. Hemphill (as Dell F. Aldrich)
... Etna Reed Price
... Booth Adams
... Teacher
... Mrs. Smith
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In Texas in the 1930s, young schoolteacher Novalyne Price meets a handsome, eccentric, interesting young man named Robert Howard. He's a successful writer - of the pulp stories of 'Conan the Barbarian'; 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.


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

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20 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alle Liebe dieser Welt  »

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,318, 22 December 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$136,933, 5 January 1997
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The infamous kiss shared between characters Robert E. Howard ('Vincent D'Onofrio (I)') and Novalyne Price (Renée Zellweger) was only shot once. The kiss shown in the movie is a cut and edited version of their single take. See more »

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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 »

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

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References Captain Blood (1935) See more »

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Definitely a Keeper!
19 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

I love listening to the audio commentaries after I've watched a film. It shows me how much the actors or crew members felt making the film. There is a big difference between a film and a movie. A film holds you to your seat because of the quality of the writing and acting. A movie is usually exciting, but it may or may not have persons who can or cannot act in it's line-up. I consider "The Whole Wide World" in the former category. I can't say enough about this film.

The story is simple enough. Vincent D'Onofrio plays Robert E. Howard, arguably the greatest pulp magazine writer of all time. He is the creator of the Conan series of magazine and movie fame. Howard falls in love with Novalyn Price, a woman who wants to be an author, but has no talent. She is played by Renn' Zellweger, who brings fire to this "mousey" character. Price realizes her destiny lays in teaching and pursues that course in her life. Zellweger's performance is exceptional as her 5'5" frame faces down the 6'4" frame of D'Onofrio.

D'Onofrio's performance in this film is beyond exceptional. He kept me emotionally attached to the character of Howard through out the film. I cried at the end.

As one of the producers of this film, D'Onofrio was able to keep the film on track. But something tells me that he believed so much in the film that he took on the problems himself and protected the project. I loved the Greyhound bus, by the way. It was one of his additions.

This film was Dan Ireland's first major film and he did exceptionally well. He knew the caliber of actors he was working with and let them do their job. The actors also let him do his job as well. Surprisingly in the commentary I could tell that he watched his stars and learned from them

Like I said, I can't say enough about this film. I rented it from Netflix and have watched it several times. It is definitely a keeper and my order on Amazon is already in the works.


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