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The Whole Wide World (1996)

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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 ... See full summary »

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 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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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alle Liebe dieser Welt 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The budget for this movie was set at one million three hundred thousand dollars. Due to their shortened time frame and lack of money, Vincent D'Onofrio had to convince the bond companies to let them shoot certain scenes. 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

References Captain Blood (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber (uncredited), Robert Farnon (as R. Farnon)
Arranged by Robert Farnon (uncredited)
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A hidden gem
11 August 2005 | by retst2See all my reviews

I found this movie while searching through a reduced DVD bin. But once I saw Vincent D'onofrio in the lead I knew I would not be disappointed; and of course I wasn't.

He is one of the most talented and underrated actors gracing the indie screen today. Although he has had several big budget roles (MIB-The Cell to name a couple) he is a character actor and does extremely well with character driven films.

I'd never heard of Robert E. Howard until I watched the WWW and I couldn't think of a better person to introduce him to me than Mr. D'onofrio. The way he portrays his tortured existence and his need for companionship and acceptance was done with such brilliance and conviction, you can really appreciate how much Bob Howard lived inside his own head and yet longed to be part of the world around him.

Renee Zellweger also turned in a notable performance as Novaline Price. She skillfully portrayed the love, hope and irritation she often had for Bob. Together D'onofrio and Zellwegger not only showed the pain of unrequited love, but the richness of friendship.

I recommend this film to anyone looking for great acting, wonderful cinematography and a delightful score. Curl up, turn the lights down, and enjoy. I promise the characters will stay with you long after the final credits.


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