DVD Nell [DVD] [1995] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 35186),
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Nell [DVD] [1995] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Theatrical release: December 14, 1994. Shot on location in North Carolina. NELL grossed nearly $34 million at the domestic box office and over $106 million worldwide. Jodie Foster spent months with screenwriter William Nicholson coming up with a unique language called Nellish. The film features one of the first screen appearances of Jeremy Davies. "Women's stories are about what really goes on in society--whether they're chasing gorillas, challenging law courts, breaking out of poverty or establishing copanies, women and their problems are more potent than the problems of men. They are far more complex and interesting."--Michael Apted, in an interview with the Guardian (U.K.) from February 22, 1995. In part, his attention to women in his films redresses a lack of female voices he perceived in his famous SEVEN UP series. "I told Natasha going in that I thought her mother [Vanessa Redgrave, whom Apted worked with on AGATHA] was the best actress pound for pound in the world and she should understand that. That she would never, in my mind, be up to her mother--nobody could--and she understood that and I think she was pleased."--Apted in his interview with the Guardian. In the same interview with the Guardian, Apted compared two female student activists in MOVING THE MOUNTAIN to Nell. "Women have a remarkable ability to approach a problem cerebrally, as did these two students, and they they can somehow put that intellectualising to one side, and connect with what goes on inside them. For the students, their principles and their emotional pains is part of their whole being. Jodie Foster showed the same qualities when we were shooting NELL. Her performance comes from somewhere beyond her brain. It comes from inside herself. I think that is women's complexity."
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2221036

  • Credits
    Jodie Foster, Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson, Richard Libertini
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Ethereal visuals..."
    USA Today

    "...Foster gives an audacious performance..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...By the time NELL is over, Foster's passionate performance will make almost everyone believe..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...NELL is an effective film, and a moving one. That is largely because of the strange beauty of Jodie Foster's performance..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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