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      Wrestling Ernest Hemingway

      PG-13 Released Dec 17, 1993 2h 2m Drama List
      59% Tomatometer 22 Reviews 69% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Two old men in a Florida town become friends more out of loneliness than compatibility. Ex-sea captain Frank (Richard Harris) is a garrulous teller of tales; Walter (Robert Duvall), a dignified former barber. Frank hopes to bed either the woman he meets at the movies (Piper Laurie) or his flinty landlady (Shirley MacLaine). Walter frequents a café, where he shyly flirts with a young waitress (Sandra Bullock). But it's the bond between the two men that thrives -- until their bitter falling-out. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Predictable but moving, Wrestling Ernest Hemingway is an understated and melancholic drama that gets plenty of mileage out of an outstanding cast that includes Robert Duvall, Richard Harris, Shirley MacLaine, and Sandra Bullock.

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      Richard Schickel TIME Magazine Wrestling Ernest Hemingway aspires to be serious about its subject. Yet in a curious way this sobriety works against it. Frank and Walt turn into schematically contrasting case studies, and the movie's sympathy for them eventually becomes patronizing. Jun 14, 2009 Full Review Emanuel Levy Variety Randa Haines' sappy, rather dull melodrama about the friendship between two eccentric old men is mostly a showcase for its stars, Robert Duvall and Richard Harris. Rated: C Jun 27, 2007 Full Review Time Out There aren't really any surprises, but it's a delight to see a movie which idles away without anything more pressing on its mind than people. Jan 26, 2006 Full Review Philip French Observer (UK) Wrestling Ernest Hemingway is a superior example of the Old Codgers Flick, that sub-species of the Buddy Movie dealing with lonely, disparate old-timers bonding and bellyaching in endearing fashion. Dec 22, 2021 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Mostly dull but likable senior citizen melodrama. Rated: C+ Dec 28, 2015 Full Review TV Guide Offers little in the way of narrative drive or plot conflict, and what does happen is far from surprising. MacLaine and Piper Laurie are more or less wasted in supporting roles, and pretty Sandra Bullock is given almost nothing to do. Rated: 2/4 Jun 14, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      steve d Despite the strong cast, there isn't much here to keep you engaged. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting study of growing old. Good characters. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Roger Ebert's review of this film was so incredibly insightful. But then, it's a real critique by a real film critic. Sad that the brilliance of this film was lost on so many others who borrow that title. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Bittersweet yet cheeky and charming, 'Wrestling Ernest Hemingway' is a fun little gem. Of course, the key drive here is the unlikely but effective pairing of Harris and Duvall, who having play off each other really well and have a ball as two very different yet irascible friends. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review alex k My Favorite Film Is 1941's Citizen Kane. 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      Synopsis Two old men in a Florida town become friends more out of loneliness than compatibility. Ex-sea captain Frank (Richard Harris) is a garrulous teller of tales; Walter (Robert Duvall), a dignified former barber. Frank hopes to bed either the woman he meets at the movies (Piper Laurie) or his flinty landlady (Shirley MacLaine). Walter frequents a café, where he shyly flirts with a young waitress (Sandra Bullock). But it's the bond between the two men that thrives -- until their bitter falling-out.
      Director
      Randa Haines
      Producer
      Todd Black, Joe Wizan
      Screenwriter
      Steve Conrad
      Distributor
      Warner Bros.
      Production Co
      Warner Bros.
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 17, 1993, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2007
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $62.6K
      Runtime
      2h 2m
      Sound Mix
      Stereo, Surround
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