Weeds (1987)




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In this film, based on a true story, convicted criminal Lee Umstetter (Nick Nolte) is sentenced to life in San Quentin prison, with no possibility of parole. Despairing at his interminable sentence, Lee spends his time reading and educating himself. When he writes and performs a play that attracts the notice of a film critic (Rita Taggart), she sets out on a quest to have him paroled.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
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William Forsythe
as Burt the Booster
Joe Mantegna
as Carmine
Nick Nolte
as Lee Umstetter
Paul Herman
as Inmate
J.J. Johnston
as Lazarus
Ernie Hudson
as Bagdad
Rita Taggart
as Lillian Bingington
Lane Smith
as Claude
Barton Heyman
as Godot Player
Lou Criscuolo
as Waiter
Gerald Orange
as Inmate
Robert Miano
as Parole Board
Anne Ramsey
as Mom Umstetter
Felton Perry
as Associate Warden
John Toles-Bey
as Navarro
Kirsten Baker
as Kirsten
William Lucas
as Rabble Rouser
Frank Gio
as Inmate
Ray Reinhardt
as Pop Umstetter
James Deuter
as Motel Manager
Richard K. Olsen
as Derrick Mann
Reggie Montgomery
as Rabble Rouser
Charlie Rich
as Himself
Howard Spiegel
as House Manager
Essex Smith
as Thurman
Cyro Baptista
as Percussion
Bill Cross
as Pound Attendant
Nicholas Wyman
as Associate Warden
Sam Waymon
as Keyboard
Sam Stoneburner
as Parole Board
Walter Charles
as Godot Player
John Ring
as Parole Board
Drew Elliot
as Fisher Cobb
Orville Stoeber
as Lead Guitar
Amanda Gronich
as Bagdad's Girlfriend
Denny Burt
as Caterer
Amy C. Bass
as Grad Student
Daniel Kent
as Guard
Rhesa Stone
as Saleswoman
Gift Harris
as Inmate
Paul Weeden
as Inmate
Maximo Cerda
as Inmate
Billy Badalato
as Doorman
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Critic Reviews for Weeds

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Nolte gives one of his finest performances in this sometimes-contrived, mostly-affecting drama that boasts a truly spectacular ensemble of actors.

June 11, 2009

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June 15, 2005

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August 22, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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July 26, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | October 15, 1987
Future Movies UK

Audience Reviews for Weeds


Weeds (John D. Hancock, 1987) [originally posted 22Feb2000] Rent. Go rent now. You've all heard me expound on my theory that every bad actor gets one good movie? This is Nick Nolte's. For once, his scenery-chewing doesn't detract from the film. To help him out, Hancock put together a really good ensemble cast of rising stars, most of whose stars have now long risen (Ernie Hudson, William Forsythe, Joe Mantegna, Lane Smith, et al.). If you can buy the basic premise (and I think it's based on a true story, so that shouldn't be terribly hard), it's a hell of an enjoyable film. *** 1/2

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