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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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Details

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,871, 19 December 1993

Gross USA:

$278,720

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$278,720
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Loyda Ramos auditioned for the role of Elaine, the character played by Sandra Bullock in the film. Bullock and Ramos appeared in Speed (1994). 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

Walter: You have to pee too?
Frank: I'm 75 years old. I always have to pee.
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Connections

Features A Summer Place (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Top Hat, White Tie and Tails
Written Irving Berlin
Performed by Fred Astaire
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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The best script I ever read
24 August 2004 | by stipanich-1See all my reviews

In 1992, I was a literary agent at Writers & Artists Agency in Los

Angeles. In a town where new scripts by unproven young writers

can't get their scripts read, I was one of the few agents who was

eager to find new talent. One day, I received a letter from a young

writer asking me to read his script. The title intrigued me and the

story he described demanded that I read the script. The young writer's name was

Steve Conrad and he had just graduated from the University of

Chicago. The script was "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway", and from

the very first page, I knew I had to represent it. The writing was so

simple, so poetic, so powerful, so witty and so real that I called

him before I had even finished reading the script. I was able to

convince Todd Black, an enthusiastic young producer, to read it

and his passion matched mine. He sold it to Warner Bros. and

they made the movie. In a Hollywood rarity, Steve remained the

sole writer of the script.

I am so gratified to read the User Comments and to see how this

little gem of a movie has affected so many people. I am no longer

a literary agent; I now teach English and History to 6th graders. I

shall always be so proud that I had some part in bringing this

wonderful writer and his script to the screen, and that so many of

you have shared my passion about it.


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