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Ulee's Gold (1997)

R | | Drama | 18 July 1997 (USA)
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A reclusive beekeeper slowly pulls his dysfunctional family back together, but not without having to fight his son's previous dastardly cohorts.

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Victor Nunez

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Victor Nunez
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Fonda ... Ulee Jackson
Patricia Richardson ... Connie Hope
Christine Dunford ... Helen Jackson
Tom Wood ... Jimmy Jackson
Jessica Biel ... Casey Jackson
Vanessa Zima ... Penny Jackson
Steven Flynn ... Eddie Flowers
Dewey Weber ... Ferris Dooley
J. Kenneth Campbell ... Sheriff Bill Floyd
Traber Burns Traber Burns ... Chance Barrow
Ryan Marshall Ryan Marshall ... Charley Myers
Chad Fish Chad Fish ... Markie
Will Sexton Will Sexton ... Child at Rest Stop
Dale C. Marshall Dale C. Marshall ... Beekeeper Assistant
James T. Whitehurst James T. Whitehurst ... Beekeeper Assistant
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Storyline

Ulee is called one day by his incarcerated son, Jimmy, asking for a favor. Jimmy will repay his debts if they save his wife, Helen, from hoodlums. Ulee must now risk his and his family's lives to save Helen. Written by Robert Krzanowski <stonedpsycho@hotmail.com>

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Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El oro de Ulises See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,563, 15 June 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,054,736, 8 March 1998
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Dolby | Dolby SR

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Nick Nolte turned down the lead role because he felt it was too similar to the character he had played in The Prince of Tides (1991). See more »

Goofs

When Eddie attacks Ulee with the knife he uses an underarm motion, which would place the wound in his lower back. Then when the view changes to inside the truck the wound is shown on the upper part of the back, near the shoulder blade, which would be in the wrong part of his back. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chance Barrow: So he says to me, I just soon they cut and stay off just north of Orlando. And let the bottom half go, right out into the Gulf. Say it didn't sound like such a bad idea...
Ulysses Ulee Jackson: Fair enough on the uh, Bakery Bridge, Chance. I want 92 for the Tupelo.
Chance Barrow: Ulee!
Ulysses Ulee Jackson: I could sell it myself... Fact is I've been thinking of doing just that.
Chance Barrow: Can you expect by next Thursday?
Ulysses Ulee Jackson: I can give you 39 barrels, I'll keep the rest...
Chance Barrow: You're not workin' as many bees these days, can you deliver?
Ulysses Ulee Jackson: I said 30. I'm ready...
Chance Barrow:
[...]
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The bees are thanked at the end of the credits. See more »


Soundtracks

Persinthia, Lawdro, and John
Written by Lida Husik
Used by Permission of On The Ledge Music/Husik Musik
Performed by Lida Husik
Courtesy of Caroline Records, Inc.
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A Nod to Homer...
25 August 1999 | by umainerSee all my reviews

It's not until the second half of "Ulee's Gold" that we hear Peter Fonda's character's full name, Ulysses. Once spoken you can't help feeling the rush of recognition of Homer's influences in this well-acted drama. There is Ulee's dead wife, Penelope--whom was Odysseus' wife in "The Odyssey". There is Ulee's daughter-in-law Helen--whom was responsible for starting the Trojan War in "The Illiad". Ulee is a veteran of the Vietnam War in much the way that Odysseus was of the Trojan War. He tells his grand daugher Penny he survived because of his "trickery" in much the same way Odysseus did with the Trojan Horse. His endurance of the many things which befall him after being sent to retrieve his Helen remind one of the way Odysseus was treated when he returned to his home as a beggar. Nods to Homer aside, this film was slow at times but worth the rental when taken in its entirety. Peter Fonda and Patricia Richardson both give outstanding performances with Fonda well deserving of the Golden Globe for his portrayal of Ulee. Rent it on your next visit to the video store--it won't disappoint.


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