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Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)

Director:
Randa Haines

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Brytekamp med Ernest Hemingway og andre løgner dine venner lar deg slippe unna med

RUNNING TIME
123 minutes

Producers:
Todd Black

Screenwriters:
Steve Conrad


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Walter Robert Duvall

Frank

Richard Harris
Helen Cooney Shirley MacLaine

Elaine

Sandra Bullock ½
Georgia Piper Laurie ½

 

Review

Two elderly gentlemen – one neatly dressed, well-mannered and forward-looking (Robert Duvall), the other shabby, loud-mouthed and nostalgic (Richard Harris) – meet in a park close to their simple dwellings in Florida and are slowly drawn to each other, despite their obviously different outlooks on life in general and love in particular. This contemplative and fairly pleasant film about lives well-lived is just a little bit off in the authenticity department (written by 25-year-old Steve Conrad) but is elevated by brilliant performances. Robert Duvall does a near impeccable Cuban accent and has a believable mellowness and virtue to him, whereas Richard Harris embodies his part as an old sailor and lothario with conviction. Directed by Randa Haines (Children of a Lesser God), who tries to make the film's inevitable melodrama more true by slowing down the tempo. It almost works.

Copyright © 15.08.2022 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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