Ulee's Gold (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ulee's Gold (1997)



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Peter Fonda received a richly deserved Oscar nomination for his superb performance as Ulysses "Ulee" Jackson, a Florida beekeeper forced to put his splintered family back together. Ulee is a Vietnam veteran whose wife died several years ago, a blow he's still learning to live with. His son Jimmy (Tom Wood) is in prison, and his daughter-in-law Helen (Christine Dunford) ran away, leaving Ulee to raise their two daughters by himself. Ulee is a quiet man who has a hard time displaying warmth and does not always deal well with the rebellious children put in his care. But he possesses an intense inner strength and a firm sense of loyalty and responsibility. One day Ulee gets a call from Jimmy; he's received word that Helen has fallen in with a pair of drug dealers and is in sad shape. While he doesn't much care for the idea, Ulee heads out to rescue her, only to discover the men who have her were Jimmy's partners in the robbery that put him behind bars; they threaten Ulee by saying if they're not given the $100,000 Jimmy has stashed away, they'll come after his daughters. Meanwhile, Ulee is forced to deal with Helen's painful withdrawal from drugs; he gets some help from Connie (Patricia Richardson), a divorced nurse who has recently moved into the neighborhood and seems to understand Ulee's lonely stoicism. Written and directed with subtle intelligence by Victor Nuņez, Ulee's Gold is a moving story about the trials and responsibilities of family ties, with Peter Fonda leading a fine cast that delivers uniformly impressive work.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Victor Nuņez
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On DVD: Aug 24, 1999

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Peter Fonda
as Ulee Jackson
Christine Dunford
as Helen Jackson
Jessica Biel
as Casey Jackson
Vanessa Zima
as Penny Jackson
Steven Flynn
as Eddie Flowers
Tom Wood
as Jimmy Jackson
J. Kenneth Campbell
as Sheriff Bill Floyd
Dewey Weber
as Ferris Dooley
Traber Burns
as Chance Barrow
Ryan Marshall
as Charlie Myers
Chad Fish
as Markie
Will Sexton
as Child at Rest Stop
Dale C. Marshall
as Beekeeper Assistant
James Whitehurst
as Beekeeper Assistant
Charles Branner
as Beekeeper Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Ulee's Gold

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (16)

This low-key drama is played slow and sage.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One of those unexpected pleasures that combines a low budget with a high emotional impact.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A modest delight.

Full Review… | January 22, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

This is no bakery-grade honey.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

There is a quality about this film's use of deliberation that comes at times wonderfully close to magic.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Shamelessly metaphorical in ways that will embarrass all but a few generous souls.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ulee's Gold


It was pretty good.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

Not a bad film that shows what can be accomplished with a low budget and solid acting but there have been better.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


A favorite.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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