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Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 17 December 1993 (USA)
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Two lonely, retired septuagenarians, an unkempt, hard-drinking Irish sea captain, and a fussy, well-mannered Cuban barber form an uneasy friendship.

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Randa Haines

Writer:

Steve Conrad
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Walter
Richard Harris ... Frank
Shirley MacLaine ... Helen Cooney
Sandra Bullock ... Elaine
Micole Mercurio ... Bernice
Marty Belafsky ... Ned Ryan
Harold Bergman Harold Bergman ... Sleeper
Piper Laurie ... Georgia
Ed Amatrudo ... Henry's Dad
Jag Davies Jag Davies ... Henry
Rudolph X. Herrera Rudolph X. Herrera ... Umpire
Persephone Felder Persephone Felder ... Woman in Stands
Stephen G. Anthony Stephen G. Anthony ... Leo Peetes
Greg Paul Meyers Greg Paul Meyers ... Sid Showenstein
Aquilla Owens Aquilla Owens ... First Girl in Park
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Storyline

Frank, a retired Irish seaman, and Walter, a retired Cuban barber, are two lonely old men trapped in the emptiness of their own lives. When they meet in a park Frank is able to start a conversation after several attempts. They begin to spend time together and become friends. But because of their different characters they often quarrel with each other and finally seperate after Frank misbehaves to Walter's friend Elaine. Written by Matthias Scheler <tron@lyssa.owl.de>

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...and other lies your friends let you get away with.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brydekamp med Hemingway See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$231,700
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kirk Douglas wrote an article in "Reader's Digest", expressing his displeasure at being asked to audition for a role in the movie. He said that he was glad that he didn't get the part. He called the movie "boring". See more »

Goofs

At one of the Little League games, one of the players gets picked off of first base is picked off after taking too big a lead. Leads are prohibited in Little League. See more »

Quotes

Frank: You never went skinny-dipping when you were a kid?
Walter: Yes, but I wore a bathing suit.
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Soundtracks

LAGRIMAS NEGRAS
Written by Miguel Matamoros
Performed by Barbarito Díez
Courtesy of Discos Top Hits C.A.
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Brilliant cast, beautifully crafted movie
2 July 2002 | by editdivaSee all my reviews

A wonderful character driven film, brilliantly crafted by a gifted director and some of the best acting ever put on film. Robert Duvall inhabits his retired-barber character to the point of being unable to picture him as anyone else, let alone the hard-ass Vietnam Colonel Kilgore who "loves the smell of napalm in the morning". The first time I watched this movie (and trust me, it's worth watching again and again) I completely forgot the actor and was watching the life of this Cuban transplant unfold. And please, oh please, let Richard Harris find another role within which to shine as he did this one. He may be a prolific actor, but I hate to see his talent wasted in such "blockbusters" as Gladiator and Harry Potter.... His face, his eyes... you feel the distance and sorrow his character feels without his uttering a word. Brilliant. I'm constantly amazed when I mention this film that NOBODY seems to have seen it! One of my top ten favorite films of all time.


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