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Nuts (1987)

Barbra Streisand , Richard Dreyfuss , Martin Ritt  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barbra Streisand, Richard Dreyfuss, Maureen Stapleton, Karl Malden, Eli Wallach
  • Directors: Martin Ritt
  • Writers: Alvin Sargent, Christopher Wilkinson, Darryl Ponicsan, Tom Topor
  • Producers: Barbra Streisand, Martin Ritt, Cis Corman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FDCC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,681 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nuts" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature length commentary by Barbra Streisand
  • Production stills gallery

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A strong-willed woman launches a fierce battle to prove her mental competence to stand trial for manslaughter.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I won't be nuts for you" June 12, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Badly neglected by both audiences and critics at the time of it's original release, NUTS is a film that is ripe for reevaluation. Based on Tom Toplor's 1981 courtroom play, NUTS is definitely a dialogue-based film with little Hollywood flashiness. Though extremely well-written (by Toplor, adapting his own work with Darryl Ponicsan and Alvin Sargent) and sharply staged and directed by veteran Martin Ritt, it is the cast whom is really responsible bringing NUTS to life. Barbra Streisand gives an absolutely bravura performance that should have earned her an Oscar nomination. Alternately hilarious and frightening, Streisand is always mesmerizing as she delves so far into character.

Richard Dreyfess is nothing less than Streisand's equal as her public defender. He too was robbed of an Oscar nomination. The supporting cast is a top-notch ensemble of professional character actors (Maureen Stapleton, Eli Wallach, Robert Webber, James Whitmore, and Karl Malden), all of whom work their craft flawlessly. NUTS' screenplay does indulge in the predictability of some of the typical courtroom-plot conventions a little too often, but Toplor's absorbing script still deserves high praise for it's fascinating exploration of what constitutes as normality and whether or not the insane should be required to receive treatment. NUTS isn't going to win over any fans of 3-cuts-per-second action films, but it leave lovers of thought-provoking, expertly-acted dramas fascinated.

About the DVD: The picture quality is dark and grainy, however, I believe that this reflects the film's intended look. The sound is fine, and it's nice to have the film's trailer included. Streisand's intelligent and entertaining full-length commentary is the main extra here, and it more than makes up for the disappointing tracks she contributed to the WHAT'S UP, DOC? and MAIN EVENT DVDs.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Striesand's best performance September 2, 2003
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"Nuts" is a must see for Striesand fans and anyone who enjoys a well written script and an exceptionally strong cast. The story of a high priced escort (Streisand) accused of murder and forced to go on trial to prove her sanity, in order to stand trial, is gripping. Her parents, who've had enough of her antics, want to send her to an asylum. Her state appointed counsel (played to perfection by Richard Dreyfuss) is compelled to find a way to prove her sanity to the courts as well as to his client. Perhaps there are no real surprises but the careful uncovering of layers of deceipt and mistrust is very real and honestly played out in this highly emotional and sentimental movie. I highly reccommend this film to all who enjoy good movie making.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Streisand proved she's not Nuts. She's shrewd! January 15, 2006
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Nuts was a hit off-Broadway play. Claudia Draper (Barbra Streisand) is a high priced call girl who has killed one of her johns (Leslie Nielsen). Her parents, Arthur and Rose Kirk (Karl Malden and Maureen Stapleton), just want to sweep it under the carpet by having her committed to an institution. But she doesn't anything to do with her parents or their scheme.

Her high priced lawyer quits after she attacks him. That gets the attention of public defender Aaron Levinsky (Richard Dreyfuss). The arraignment judge (Dakin Matthews) is displeased with Levinsky's wanting to take this to trial and only gives him the weekend to prepare his case for the sanity trial. Their relationship begins is a chess match of trust.

Levinsky gathers the evidence he needs for the trial and the sanity trail begins with trial Judge Stanley Murdoch (James Whitmore). The first prosecution witness is Dr. Morrison (Eli Wallach) who testifies that Claudia should be institutionalized. This followed by her mother Rose who testifies about her past. And then her stepfather Arthur testifies. During the testimony, Claudia first draws her stepfather as a vampire then her parents with no mouths. Aaron puts the clues together and discovers that Arthur was molesting Claudia.

The defense puts up its only witness, Claudia. Even under sedation, Claudia makes her points. The prosecution recalls Dr. Morrison and his testimony inflames Claudia and she makes an impassioned rebuttal.

Martin Ritt and Barbra Streisand assembled a flawless cast. The role of Claudia was made for Streisand. She has a field day with it. Maureen Stapleton is always a joy to see and she hits all emotional levels with this role. Karl Malden usually plays the stoic heroic man.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Mia
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In this particular film, I was so thoroughly entertained and realized the scope and depth of the damage that a step parent can inflict on a vulnerable child. The consequences of the sexual abuse was the exact cause of how Barbra portrayed the character. This is an excellent example of what happens when this abuse is inflicted on a child. They are taught by the pedophile how to please and usually become very amorous, as a result of what they are taught.

The scope of the damage can and will cause the abused child to "act out" and the impact of what the abuser has done to the child can never be erased and/or disappear. It is the "best kept secret" in our society. The shame and guilt the child hides is something that haunts them the rest of their lives.

Barbra, in this film, portrayed the character perfectly and demonstrated the exact damage that occurred and how she re-acted to it, Richard, as her attorney, did a fabulous portrayal of a very savvy father and with no help from Barbra's character, ascertained very quickly what happened to her and cleverly extracted the information out of Karl Malden and the truth came out in a very affective way.

Brilliant performances by every actor involved in the film and all seasoned veterans in the film industry. In my opinion, they all deserved Academy Awards for the characters they portrayed.

I recommend that this film can and should be used as an educational tool for children who have been abused so they can see that they are not alone in this twisted, toxic sickness that is so firmly implanted in our society.

Kudos and accolades to everytone that was involved in the making of this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 15 days ago by Kimberly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 18 days ago by cynthia
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Must.
I have been drawn to this film for many reasons. Firstly, it brings into question a very relevant theme for all time, that is to say what is Intelligence, and what is the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by tomee
5.0 out of 5 stars "Nuts" Barbra Streisand at Her Best
Nuts is a film dealing with the psychological trauma of molestation and the effect it has on Claudia Draper (Barbra Streisand) and the relationship with her mother. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars LIKE AN EXTRA LONG VERSION OF ONE OF DICK WOLF'S SHOWS
If you like the Law and Order shows, you'll like this.

Babs plays a woman who killed a guy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DCB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This is an unusual venue for Dreyfus as well as Streisand so it's an interesting movie. Because of the actors involved I thought it might be light or funny. It's not. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Shaffer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See
A must see! Bravo to all involved. Networks should show this film once a year for every woman in America!!
Published 2 months ago by dha
5.0 out of 5 stars Nuts
Superb acting by all in this story. Even tho it has somewhat of a surprise, its so worth watching more than once.
Not had the opportunity to view this particular disk yet.
Published 2 months ago by Frances Talley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie
Barbara Streisand, Richard Dreyfuss, Karl Malden, Maureen Stapleton is an all-star cast and each gives excellent performances. The dialog for Ms. Read more
Published 4 months ago by William Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Streisand is spectacular!
Barbra outdoes herself in this incedible movie. Dreyfus is always great to watch. This is a must see. And for me, it was a 2nd viewing and I loved it all over again!
Published 4 months ago by Linda P.
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