Wrestling Ernest Hemingway

Overview

Richard Harris and Robert Duvall star in this low-key drama concerning a hard-drinking former sea captain (Richard Harris) who befriends a shy retired barber (Robert Duvall). Though their polar-opposite personalities find the relationship slow going at first, roguish Frank (Harris) and gentle Walter (Duvall) soon develop a close friendship as they pass the days with conversation. As death looms near and their pasts seem to evaporate into the air with the passing of each day, the lonely souls find comfort in each ...
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Overview

Richard Harris and Robert Duvall star in this low-key drama concerning a hard-drinking former sea captain (Richard Harris) who befriends a shy retired barber (Robert Duvall). Though their polar-opposite personalities find the relationship slow going at first, roguish Frank (Harris) and gentle Walter (Duvall) soon develop a close friendship as they pass the days with conversation. As death looms near and their pasts seem to evaporate into the air with the passing of each day, the lonely souls find comfort in each other's company until their fragile friendship is shattered. When Frank insults a waitress (Sandra Bullock) with whom Walter harbors a protective friendship, Walter makes the decision to cut his ties with loutish Frank. Forced to reevaluate their friendship, the two lonely souls attempt to find meaning in their lives as their chances for connecting with the outside world grows ever more dim.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • UPC: 883316204849
  • Original Release: 1993
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 2:03:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Duvall Walt
Richard Harris Frank
Shirley MacLaine Helen
Sandra Bullock Elaine
Micole Mercurio Bernice
Marty Belafsky Ned Ryan
Piper Laurie Georgia
Ed Amatrudo Henry's Dad
Harold Bergman Sleeper
Chick Bernhardt 1st Stunt Driver
Doris Carey Mom in Park
Ilse Earl Cinema Cashier
Richard Jasen 3rd Baseman
Lora Kennedy
William Marquez Carl Burney
Ron Russell 2nd Stunt Driver
Jodie Wilson Nurse
Technical Credits
Randa Haines Director
Todd Black Producer
Mary Lou Byrd Costumes/Costume Designer
Steven Conrad Screenwriter
Michael Convertino Score Composer
Florence Fellman Set Decoration/Design
Paul Hirsch Editor
Waldemar Kalinowski Production Designer
Joseph P. Kane Production Designer
Lajos Koltai Cinematographer
Alan Muraoka Art Director
Manilo Rocchetti Makeup
Michael St. Hilaire Camera Operator
Joe Tompkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Van Wyck Co-producer
Joe Wizan Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2003

    An unexpected pleasure!

    This movie creates a brilliant combination of personalities and relationships. Richard Harris (Frank), portraying a crude, outgoing, hard-drinking, womanizing retired sailor, tries to hang onto his youthful libido with unsuccessful passes at his apartment manager played exquisitely by Shirley MacLaine. Frank befriends a reluctant Robert Duvall (Walter), a retired widowed barber who lives a quiet, reserved life and has a secret crush on a charming, naive waitress played by Sandra Bullock. Walter and Frank develop an unlikely friendship characterized, I felt, by a mutual envy (and sometimes disbelief!) of the other's style. Frank claims to have wrestled Ernest Hemingway in a bar, expaining the movie title. This is a story of seizing the moment, but also shows the consequences of doing so without forethought. The most powerful moments in this film occur in the most unexpected ways. Harris should have an oscar for his reaction to receiving a shave from Duvall. Love, lust, loneliness, and life exude from this masterpiece! After five years I still can't get it out of my head.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2003

    The Oscars missed this one!

    Richard Harris plays an old washed up ex-seacaptain and gives the performance of his life. He gives an exuberant performance of a young, vibrant wild young hellion trapped in a late age 70's body and not willing to accept the limitations of his age and poor health. It is obvious that he has been abandoned by his son and significant others by his wild, pugnacious behavior when he was younger. Thus you have this loud extrovert who strikes up a frienship with Robert Duval, who plays an introverted retired barber who would have rather kept to himself, yet is drawn to this pathetic wild, loud old man (Harris). The movie is interesting in that you see how these two opposites approach life together and how this friendship succeeds. The movie has a very poignant ending.

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