Nell

Nell

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Director: Michael Apted

Cast: Jodie Foster, Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson

     
 

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Michael Apted's 1994 drama Nell comes to DVD for the first time from 20th Century Fox. The film is presented with a widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital Sound. Audio commentary tracks are provided by director Apted and star Jodie Foster. The disc also contains a behind-the-scenes featurette and a theatrical trailer. This is a recommended disc for an Academy

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Michael Apted's 1994 drama Nell comes to DVD for the first time from 20th Century Fox. The film is presented with a widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital Sound. Audio commentary tracks are provided by director Apted and star Jodie Foster. The disc also contains a behind-the-scenes featurette and a theatrical trailer. This is a recommended disc for an Academy Award-nominated film.

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Jodie Foster's beguiling mix of pre-linguistic drawling and moon-eyed curiosity make hers one of the most engrossing portrayals of stunted development captured on film. Although Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson provide strong support as Foster's surrogate parents, Nell lives on the strength of Foster's unselfconscious dedication to her craft. She awards and rescinds trust like a wounded animal, and she's convincingly fluent in a sing-songy language that flows effortlessly. Michael Apted is a fitting director for the project, as the film blends themes from his Gorillas in the Mist and his respected documentary series 7 Up. Acclaimed cinematographer Dante Spinotti captures the Carolina woods with virtuosity, from the helicopter shot that accompanies the opening credits to the moving camera following Nell through the lakes and forest stomping grounds of her memory. Despite talent bursting from every pore, however, Nell can't quite escape its disease-of-the-week trappings. The script follows familiar patterns when it turns into a tug of war between the humanists who prize Nell's happiness and the scientists who yearn to probe and examine her. The fact that this culminates in a courtroom competency hearing with considerably lax standards just underscores the film's conventionality. Still, Foster's Oscar nomination was clearly justified, and one can understand why Neeson and Richardson develop an intense parental affection for her character.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2004
UPC:
0024543110361
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
1,254

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director commentary by Michael Apted; Actor commentary by Jodie Foster; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jodie Foster Nell
Liam Neeson Jerome Lovell
Natasha Richardson Paula Olsen
Richard Libertini Alexander Paley
Nick Searcy Todd Peterson
Robin Mullins Mary Peterson
Jeremy Davies Billy Fisher
O'Neal Compton Don Fontana
Joe Inscoe Judge
Dana Stevens Rachel Weiss
Robin Rochelle Teacher
Marlon Jackson Male Nurse

Technical Credits
Michael Apted Director
Jean A. Black Makeup
Jim Clark Editor
Jodie Foster Producer
Tim Galvin Art Director
Mark Handley Screenwriter
Samara Hutman Set Decoration/Design
Jon Hutman Production Designer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Linda Lowy Casting
Susan Lyall Costumes/Costume Designer
Jaren Millard Makeup
Renee Missel Producer
Chris Newman Sound/Sound Designer
William Nicholson Screenwriter
Graham Place Co-producer
David Sardi Asst. Director
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. Billy Found Her
3. She's Scared, I'm Scared!
4. The Doctor Needs a Doctor
5. "Strangers Scare Her"
6. Who Will Care for Nell?
7. Nell's Informed Consent
8. Here's What We'll Do...
9. Patient Observation
10. Invading One's Privacy
11. Learning 'Nell Speak'
12. Alone and Free
13. A Tree in the Wild
14. Evil Doers
15. "It's No Big Deal"
16. Popcorn, Daytime and May
17. Twin Speech
18. A Picture and a Thousand Words
19. Mommy Loves Daddy
20. A Good, But Cruel World
21. The Birds, the Bees and Nell
22. Happy for the Wrong Reasons
23. Nell, the Wild Woman
24. Fight Nell, Fight!
25. Thou Art Beautiful
26. Nell's Testimony
27. Friends and Family
28. End Titles

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Nell 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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If you understand what I mean by the term 'wolf child' then I feel you will enjoy this film. For those of you that are psychology, sociology, or in other people-oriented fields this is a good movie to view. Give it a try, please.
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