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Wrestling Ernest Hemingway

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Frank (Richard Harris) is an amatory ex-seaman. Walt (Robert Duvall) is a reserved haircutter leading an orderly quiet life. When the two lonely old men meet, they become reluctant friends and swap stories about their lifetimes. Together they combat loneliness, old age and their disparate dispositions. But after Frank harasses Walter's friend, Elaine (Sandra Bullock), their relationship is shattered and they are forced to reevaluate one another. A touching story from melodrama filmmaker, Randa Haines, WRESTLING ERNEST HEMINGWAY is clever minimal film. Working with only a tiny cast and a handful of sets, Haines produces a subtle and thought provoking film which closely examines aging and loneliness. Duvall and Harris brilliant as the quarreling old duo.
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  • Credits
    Robert Duvall, Richard Harris, Shirley MacLaine, Shirley, MacLaine Beaty, Piper Laurie, Rosetta Jacobs, Sandra Bullock, Sandra, Annette Bullock
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A number of solid performances....[Duvall's performance] stands beside the best work he's done..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Scenes that are generous and genuine..."
    New York Times

    "...Duvall cuts through the warm-your-heart movie machinery..." -- Rating: B
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...The movie is essentially about the close observation of behavior. Like some of Hemingway's stories, the real action is implied. The characters trade small talk, and we sense that larger issues are lurking beneath their cheerfulness..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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