Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1994)
Critic Consensus: 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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as Henry's Dad
as Woman in Stands
as Leo Peetes
as Sid Showenstein
as 1st Girl in Park
as Mom in Park
as Bus Driver
as 3rd Baseman
as Carl Burney
as 1st Stunt Driver
as 2nd Stunt Driver
as Cinema Cashier
as 2nd Girl in Park
as Singing Woman
as Officer Mickey
Critic Reviews for Wrestling Ernest Hemingway
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.
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.
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.
Instead of simply assuming that the old have interesting lives, the film never stops congratulating itself for being daring enough to focus on them.
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.
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