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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.

Director:

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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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 Ulee is having lunch at the Seafood Grill Restaurant which is located in Franklin County. When the sheriff parks next to Ulee's truck, you can see Gulf County on the door which is the next county over. 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 »

Connections

Featured in Biography: The Fondas (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

No Fuck'n Problem
Written by Mike Muir and Mike Clark
Used by Permission of Sony/ATV Song LLC/You'll Be Sorry Music (BMI)
Performed by Suicidal Tendencies
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Peter Fonda Finally Lets His Talent Shine
10 October 2000 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

"Ulee's Gold" is a simple little film that is reminiscent of Old Hollywood. Peter Fonda (Oscar-nominated) stars as a bee-keeper in Florida who has lived a somewhat uneventful life. He's raising his two young grand-daughters because their father is in prison and their mother is nowhere to be found. When Fonda learns from his imprisoned son that his daughter-in-law needs his help, he rescues her from a life which has nearly been ruined by drug-use. Fonda brings her back to live with him, but also learns from his son that two thugs may create trouble because of a score they (the son and thugs) pulled off years earlier. Now the thugs want the money and Fonda must show emotional strength at his family's darkest hour. The film is above-average in every aspect, but it is Fonda that makes the film as good as it is. Everyone else is adequate, but this is his show. The screenplay and direction are just good enough to keep the film above water. Overall a good film. 4 stars out of 5.


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