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Wrestling Ernest Hemingway

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Wrestling Ernest Hemingway

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
performer:
Robert Duvall, Richard Harris, Shirley MacLaine, Sandra Bullock, Piper Laurie
director:
Randa Haines
author:
Steve Conrad
genre:
Romance, Drama

We gave it a B

Richard Harris, the talk-show spectacle nonpareil, plays much the same gig in Wrestling Ernest Hemingway: He’s Frank, a too-loud Florida retiree who can’t get the other childish old folks in town to play with him. The better to bare his soul, Harris often bares his flesh, an excess that director Randa Haines (Children of a Lesser God) indulges as freely as her taste for sunsets and violin music. Only Robert Duvall cuts through the warm-your-heart movie machinery as Walter, a rickety Cuban who befriends Frank. Underplaying such Ricky Ricardoisms as ”iskew me,” he firms up this soggy melodrama like a chestnut in a bowl of farina. B