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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

Writer:

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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The story of a family on the edge, and a man who brought them back. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ulee's Gold See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,563, 15 June 1997

Gross USA:

$9,161,691

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,161,691
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This was Jessica Biel's film debut. 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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Crazy Credits

The bees are thanked at the end of the credits. See more »


Soundtracks

Buena
Written by Mark Sandman
Published by Pubco/Head With Wings Music (BMI)
Performed by Morphine
Courtesy of Rykodisc
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powerful story of family reclamation
10 May 1999 | by rupieSee all my reviews

Surely one of the best human dramas of the last few years, Peter Fonda is great as Ulee Jackson, a deeply wounded but incredibly strong man who by sheer strength of will reaches out to drag back together a shattered family. His performance is a masterpiece of understatement; we can almost physically sense the roiling depths of anger and resentment that lie below his cold, almost imperturbable exterior. The crime subplot never takes precedence over the gripping family drama that is the movie's core. It is wonderful to see the various characters gradually becoming re-integrated into a functioning family; i.e. the daughter's appearing late at night in the work area to help Ulee, whose restrictions up to then she has mightily resented, with his backbreaking work.

Few have commented on the double entendre of the movie's title. Ulee's "Gold" is, on its surface, the honey he works to produce. It is clear, at the film's conclusion, that the "Gold" is, in actuality, the family he has brought together again. (I suppose we could have a triple entendre in that it might also refer to the long-lost money that is at the crime subplot's core).


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