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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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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:

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

Gross USA:

$9,054,736
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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 »


Soundtracks

Tupelo Honey
Written by Van Morrison
Used by Permission of WB Music Corp. & Caledonia Soul Music (ASCAP)
Administered by WB Music Corp.
Performed by Van Morrison
Courtesy of Exile Productions/Polydor Ltd.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Very Good Independent Family Drama!!!
18 November 1999 | by dplaneSee all my reviews

I saw this film shortly after it came out. I was very impressed with its simple story line and the fact that it was not a Hollywood story.

How many times have you gone to see a film mainly because of the actor or actress? "Ulee's Gold" name talent but it has so much more. Peter Fonda grabs the attention of many of his fans and critics. This time he proves that he can be in an independent feature and wow the audience. Patricia Richardson (Home Improvement) also does a very good job of being a strong woman and good neighbor to the dysfunctional Jackson family.

This film will at times be slow, but that is the way that it was intended. The action does build through the film and you will understand its tempo. It pulls you into the world of Ulee Jackson (Fonda) and his desperation to keep not only his family but himself and his "bee colony" together.

The locations were real places and were shot mostly in existing structures. One very interesting thing to note is that the film looks like it was shot in natural lighting. It is so natural that you may not notice how it was lit.

If you like independent films you will love "Ulee's Gold"


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