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Ulee's Gold (1997)



Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 1

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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



Victor Nuņez

Aug 24, 1999


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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (3) | DVD (4)

This low-key drama is played slow and sage.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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One of those unexpected pleasures that combines a low budget with a high emotional impact.

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A modest delight.

January 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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This is no bakery-grade honey.

May 11, 2001
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There is a quality about this film's use of deliberation that comes at times wonderfully close to magic.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Peter Fonda here reveals a depth of talent we did not suspect.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Deceptively old-fashioned, this is an emotionally quiet but rewarding portrait of a taciturn beekeeper (marvelously played by Peter Fonda, who resembles his dad) forced to emerged out of his solitary, sheltered life and face his family responsibilities

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Peter Fonda's portrayal of Florida beekeeper Ulee Jackson is a masterpiece of restraint, confident and finely etched, understated yet always in control.

September 10, 2005 Full Review Source:

A craftwork of exceptional detail and nuance.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

A profusion of perfect performances

March 31, 2005

Fonda shines in an Oscar nominated performance.

November 24, 2004
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The acting styles are well-matched with Nunez's slow, deliberate direction.

June 1, 2004 Full Review Source:

Works well as a realistic look at a family in need of a second chance on life.

February 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Nunez manages to pull it together with such grace that you forgive his handful of out-of-focus shots.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Fonda's work and Victor Nuņez's direction shine in this carefully crafted film.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

A movie of simple substance that stays in the mind long after lesser films fade away.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
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... there is a hard-won grace to Fonda's performance .

July 29, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Shows us how the spiritual practice of compassion opens up this troubled man and puts him on the path of heart.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Every performance in the film is a winner, especially Fonda, who is a surprise in such an understated, quiet role.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
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A simple powerful story of emotional depth.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Maybe there's still a streak of Captain America in Peter Fonda after all.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Ulee's Gold

Not a bad film that shows what can be accomplished with a low budget and solid acting but there have been better.
May 16, 2014
John Ballantine

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A favorite.
April 1, 2008
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    1. Penny Jackson: Sometimes the bees get confused and run away.That's them there on the the tree. But they don't really want to be gone. And they're happy when someone helps them back into their home.
    – Submitted by Frances H (22 months ago)
    1. Ulee Jackson: Maybe you can be too close. I'll always wonder if she was really happy.
    – Submitted by Frances H (22 months ago)
    1. Ulee Jackson: Do you like sad?
    2. Penny Jackson: No, but sometimes, inside, it makes you quiet.
    – Submitted by Frances H (22 months ago)
    1. Ulee Jackson: The bees and I have an understanding.
    – Submitted by Frances H (22 months ago)
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