Steve Daly
July 22, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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

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