Wrestling Ernest Hemingway

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Predictable but moving, Wrestling Ernest Hemingway is an understated and melancholic drama that gets plenty of mileage out of an outstanding cast that includes Robert Duvall, Richard Harris, Shirley MacLaine, and Sandra Bullock.

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Two old men in a Florida town become friends more out of loneliness than compatibility. Ex-sea captain Frank (Richard Harris) is a garrulous teller of tales; Walter (Robert Duvall), a dignified former barber. Frank hopes to bed either the woman he meets at the movies (Piper Laurie) or his flinty landlady (Shirley MacLaine). Walter frequents a café, where he shyly flirts with a young waitress (Sandra Bullock). But it's the bond between the two men that thrives -- until their bitter falling-out.

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  • Wrestling Ernest Hemingway aspires to be serious about its subject. Yet in a curious way this sobriety works against it. Frank and Walt turn into schematically contrasting case studies, and the movie's sympathy for them eventually becomes patronizing.

    June 14, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Randa Haines' sappy, rather dull melodrama about the friendship between two eccentric old men is mostly a showcase for its stars, Robert Duvall and Richard Harris.

    June 27, 2007 | Rating: C
  • There aren't really any surprises, but it's a delight to see a movie which idles away without anything more pressing on its mind than people.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Instead of simply assuming that the old have interesting lives, the film never stops congratulating itself for being daring enough to focus on them.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5
  • Steve Conrad's debut screenplay says little that's new, but the actors make it fresher and more powerful than it has a right to be.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie is essentially about the close observation of behavior. Like some of Hemingway's stories, the real action is all implied. The characters trade small talk, and we sense that larger issues are lurking beneath their cheerfulness.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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