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ULEE'S GOLD

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Ulee's Gold

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
118 minutes
Wide Release Date:
06/06/97
performer:
Peter Fonda, Patricia Richardson, Jessica Biel, Christine Dunford
director:
Victor Nunez
distributor:
Orion Pictures
author:
80146
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A

ULEE’S GOLD Peter Fonda, Patricia Richardson (1997, Orion, R, $99.99) As long as he keeps his camera tightly focused on the domestic dysfunctions of Ulysses Jackson (Fonda) — Florida beekeeper, Vietnam vet, failed father, stoic grandfather — writer-director Victor Nunez (”Ruby in Paradise”) strikes one note of fuddled human grace after another.

It’s only when Ulee, helping his jailbird son out of a jam, gets involved with a pair of thugs and a cooler full of cash that Ulee’s naively courts cliches. As for Oscar-nominated Fonda, he’s a welcome, unsettling sight: Those shell-shocked blue eyes still hold the world at bay, but for once it works for the character he’s playing. ”You are almost a good man, Ulee Jackson,” says Richardson’s nurse Connie, Ulee’s love interest, ”but you try too hard.” That about nails the movie as well.

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