Ulee's Gold (1997)
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Average Rating: 8/10
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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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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
Jun 13, 1997 Wide
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One of those unexpected pleasures that combines a low budget with a high emotional impact.
This is no bakery-grade honey.
There is a quality about this film's use of deliberation that comes at times wonderfully close to magic.
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
Peter Fonda's portrayal of Florida beekeeper Ulee Jackson is a masterpiece of restraint, confident and finely etched, understated yet always in control.
A profusion of perfect performances
Fonda shines in an Oscar nominated performance.
The acting styles are well-matched with Nunez's slow, deliberate direction.
Works well as a realistic look at a family in need of a second chance on life.
Nunez manages to pull it together with such grace that you forgive his handful of out-of-focus shots.
Fonda's work and Victor Nuñez's direction shine in this carefully crafted film.
A movie of simple substance that stays in the mind long after lesser films fade away.
Shows us how the spiritual practice of compassion opens up this troubled man and puts him on the path of heart.
Every performance in the film is a winner, especially Fonda, who is a surprise in such an understated, quiet role.
Audience Reviews for Ulee's Gold
- 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.
- Ulee Jackson: Maybe you can be too close. I'll always wonder if she was really happy.
- Ulee Jackson: Do you like sad?
- Penny Jackson: No, but sometimes, inside, it makes you quiet.
- Ulee Jackson: The bees and I have an understanding.
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