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Editorial Reviews

They're retirees who are anything but retiring. Robert Duvall and Richard Harris deliver "two of the year's most spectacular performances" (Bob Campbell, Newhouse Newspapers) as a reserved ex-barber and a salty former sea captain, beached in a quiet Florida town and living solitary lives. But after meeting in the local park one afternoon, these polar opposites soon become the unlikeliest of friends.

Randa Haines (Children of a Lesser God, The Doctor) directs and Shirley MacLaine, Piper Laurie and Sandra Bullock co-star in this wonderful film that shows how friendship opens up the two men to life's riches. If you like movies brimming with characters who linger in the memory, Wrestling Ernest Hemingway is "the perfect tonic" (Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today).

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  • Actors: Robert Duvall, Richard Harris, Shirley MacLaine, Piper Laurie, Sandra Bullock
  • Directors: Randa Haines
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: December 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003M785HS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,146 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Remington on February 18, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Echoing the other reviews printed here, I must express shock that more people have yet to discover this painfully honest,quiet, gentle and loving film.
Featuring outstanding work by Richard Harris (this may be his finest performance!, the incomparable Robert Duvall, Shirley Maclaine, and a gorgeous and graceful Sandra Bullock, "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway" also benefits from a solid script and expert direction that allows human beings to truly live.
This witty and softly tragic film contains something for everyone. It is a film about finding soul mates, about love, about facing loneliness and bravely avoiding despair through grace. It is a film about hope. One of the many great crimes in Film history is the fact that so many have overlooked this beautiful and gently profound film.
For its most agreeable price, "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway" (watch the film to get the title's meaning), is a safe and inexpensive gamble. If you are a fan of movies that value character, setting and introspection, this is a film for you. Enjoy.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Calle on June 4, 2001
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Walter and Frank are two old men, having nothing in common other than their loneliness. One day they meet in the park and at the time of their first meeting neither of them could guess how good friends they would become. There is not much I can say about this movie, except that it is very, very good. It's a story about friendship, loneliness, life and aging. The screenplay is great (written by a 21-year-old) and every actor is wonderful. Besides the two fantastic leading men (Richard Harris and Robert Duvall), the cast includes Shirley MacLaine and Sandra Bullock, just before her big breakthrough with "Speed".
It's a shame that this movie isn't better known. Everybody should get a chance to see it. Buy this movie. You won't regret it! It's a movie you will remember.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel P. on October 1, 2001
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I had never heard of "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway" until a friend suggested that I view it. Wow, what performances the two main actors bring to the screen! I had previously seen Harris in Gladiator, but this film truly proves his talent as one of the finest actors around. Duvall also shines in what is a very realistic performance, showcasing subtle acting at it's best. I was quite surprised the film didn't garner any Oscars as it has all the right elements needed to win many, many awards. And to think that such a wonderful piece of moviemaking was written by a 21 year old. Now that's an accomplishment.
Don't let the fact that this film didn't perform well in theatres, rent it for what it is: A great little film with a stellar cast, which even includes Sandra Bullock in one of her first roles. You won't regret it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Lucas on August 9, 2005
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This is one of the best dramatic films Ive ever seen. The academy surely overlooked this films merits. Duvall is incredible..Im from Miami and Cuban and he could pass as an elderly cuban gentleman without suspicion. Harris is also wonderful! This is a bittersweet movie that deals with lifes inevitable realities...aging,loss,regret and more. I would just like to know who I have to contact to get this movie released in a DVD version?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Harris on May 30, 2005
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An excellent film. Richard Harris and Robert Duvall were exceptional. Sandra Bullock and Shirley MacLane were in their usual brillance.Truly the best ever by Richard Harris.

Why has this film not been released in DVD????????????

Thanks. R.L. Harris
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Romy Rock on February 12, 2000
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A truly brilliant film. I wonder how come I never heard about it or read of it in the zines? I am surprised it didn't even get mentioned in the Oscars - just proves how over-rated the Oscars are. However, back to the film. Richard Harris is simply brilliant as Frank, an ex-sea captain. And Robert Duvall. This is my second Robert Duvall film; the first being "To Kill A Mockingbird" in which he plays the role of Boo Radley. Had I not already known that Robert Duvall is American, I would have thought him to be a Cuban. His Walter the Cuban barber is just out of the world, complete with accent and gestures. Shirley MacLaine has always been my favorite. She could light up an entire film even if she only has a 2-minute role. As the last reviewer has said, you would want to own a video of this film. I could watch it again and again...
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 8, 2009
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Add my voice to the protest on the ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS PRICE ON THIS DVD!

This is an outstanding movie with Duval turning in an Academy Award worthy performance as a retired CUBAN BARBER (GOTTA SEE IT - but ***NOT*** AT $40!!!! Can you say "STICK 'EM UP!"???) and Harris isn't far behind in the acting deparment. An absolute character driven GEM of a film that you OWE it to yourself to see. BUT NOT AT $40!!!!!

*WHAT EXACTLY* MAKES THIS PARTICULAR DVD COST THIS MUCH???? DOES WARNER BROS. PLAN TO START SELLING DVDS PRICED STRICTLY ON CONTENT NOW? RIDICULOUS!!!

Just say "NO WAY!!!"
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Garry Brown on July 29, 2006
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This splendid film deserves a good DVD presentation. Please Amazon. Please Warner. Make it happen!
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