Nuts (1987)

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High-priced hooker Claudia Draper (Barbra Streisand) has been arrested for the murder of one of her clients. The attorney engaged by Claudia's parents hopes to cop an insanity plea so that she can avoid a trial and manslaughter conviction. But she refuses this, citing a proviso in New York law that may result in her spending the rest of her life in an institution. Against all odds, struggling lawyer Aaron Levinsky (Richard Dreyfuss) tries to prove that Claudia is not crazy and is capable of … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Alvin Sargent, Tom Topor, Darryl Ponicsan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 1, 2003
Runtime:
Warner Home Video

Cast


as Claudia Draper

as Aaron Levinsky

as Rose Kirk

as Arthur Kirk

as Dr. Herbert A. Morri...

as Francis MacMillan

as Judge Stanley Murdoc...

as Allen Green

as Clarence Middleton

as Harry Harrison

as 1st Judge

as Saul Krieglitz

as Dr. Johnson

as Dr. Arantes

as 11 year-old Claudia

as Cell Woman #2

as Cell Woman #3

as Cell Woman #3

as Cell Man #1

as Arraignment Court Cl...

as Court Officer #2

as Guard #3

as Defendant Gonzales

as Lawyer #2

as Bar Patron #2

as Attendant #2

as Bar Patron #3

as Correction Officer #...

as Correction Officer #...

as Dayroom Woman #1

as Dayroom Woman #6

as Card Playing Patient

as Cell Woman #1

as Cell Man
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Critic Reviews for Nuts

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7)

Streisand produced, developed the script, and composed most of the music for this showpiece, and her efforts, as usual, pay off, above all in her angry and lively performance.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Streisand's a star, which means your complicity is on call at all times. In the shade, Dreyfuss is terrific, banking down his natural cockiness.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film is almost entirely adrift.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It wants to be a movie with a message, but in the end it's just a melodrama.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Nuts is essentially just a futile exercise in courtroom cliches, surrounding a good performance that doesn't fit.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It's Hollywood manipulation at its best.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Nuts

½

It was slightly unbelievable for me since if I'd such a client to defend who is not willing to co-operate the least, I don't think I'd touch that case. Or else give up easily. Then again, I ain't no lawyer!!! They show her crossing the limits so many times that it becomes hard to digest it that she ain't a nut. Leaving aside this minor problem, the movie works fine as a courtroom drama.

imrealgod
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Really powerful and intelligent film based on Tom Topor's Broadway play as this is a highly charged drama that raises some uneasy questions.
This is a film that deserves more attention then it originally received, it is honest, though-provoking, and features a brilliant performance from Barbra Streisand as real-life defender Claudia Draper.
Richard Dreyfuss also turns in his usual skilled performance as a lawyer who becomes more passionate about the case the longer he is involved with it. His eventual concern for Claudia is touching.
And Karl Malden, Maureen Stapleton, James Whitmore, and Leslie Nielsen all play excellent supporting roles.

deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Streisand produced, developed the script, and composed most of the music for this showpiece, and her efforts, as usual, pay off, above all in her angry and lively performance.

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