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Plot: In Texas in the 1930s, young schoolteacher Novalyne Price meets a handsome, eccentric, interesting young man named Robert Howard. He's a successful writer - of the pulp stories of 'Conan the Barbarian'; she's an aspiring one. A friendship develops into a sort of courtship. Based on a memoir by… Runtime: 111 min Release Date: 20 Dec 1996
This is an easy vote. A real, well acted old time story of star crossed loves. Cutting edge acting by Vincent D'Onofrio as Robert and his girl Rene Z. An emotional, tender, and heartbreaking story. Both actors pull out your emotions and put them through the wringer. Beautifully filmed and the music fits the mood. Vincent was perfect. His intense face, which he uses as an emotional barometer, captures and relays the tortures Robert E Howard experienced. It is how films used to be - memorable. This was Rene Z's first serious work, and I will say she has never come close again in touch <more>
the emotional triggers although she is big box office. Her thanks to Vincent on receiving her first Academy awards speaks volumes " Thank you Vincent for teaching me how to work." They were a lovely team together with a special bond both actors created together. I did not want to leave the characters and return to reality. In closing, this "little movie" budget wise and distribution wise, is actually a far greater achievement then it's modest budget could foresee. This film should have been dubbed as one of the greats instead of shelved and forgotten.
Before I saw this movie a few years ago, I had never heard of "Robert E Howard". Since then, I've educated myself on who Robert E Howard was...and who Novalynn was. He was extraordinary and she drank him up. It's incredible that someone took her book and made a movie out of the story. Even more incredible is how perfectly it was all orchestrated. The characters were fantastic Especially Vincent DiOnofrio . The script was great, the filmwork was beautiful, the timing was right on. I will never grow tired of this movie. And I'll continue to turn it onto whoever comes over <more>
to my house and hasn't seen it yet. The Whole Wide World is a masterpiece!
Usually I treat "love stories" with a thinly veiled contempt. Call me cynical, but most are contrived, sappy, and predictable. The Whole Wide World is anything but, and like most stories that break your heart, it's a true one - not something created by the overactive imagination of a Hollywood exec.The basic story: based on the memoirs of Novalyne Price, The Whole Wide World is her recollection of the relationship she had with Conan creator and pulp fiction writer, Robert E. Howard, before his tragic suicide. The time period is 1930's and the place is small town Texas. <more>
Novalyne is a school teacher who wishes to be a published writer, and Howard is already established as a pulp fiction maverick. Both are in their late 20's.The performances in this film are outstanding. Vincent D'Onofrio practically leaps off of the screen. His character is infuriating, heartbreaking, yet so fragile. Renee Zellweger filmed this movie just before she got the call to appear in Jerry Macguire, and she shines as Novalyne Price. Price was a smart, witty, and stubborn lady - in a time when such things were not considered very ladylike. Novalyne and Robert were introduced by a mutual acquaintance, and thus began their disjointed and devoted friendship.There was obviously so much love between them, but circumstances, Howard's mental illness, and his unreasonable devotion to his mother prevented the ir relationship from ever reaching it's potential. The film shows their ups and downs and the connection they had between them. It's a tragic, very real human story and more than worth two hours of your time. Just make sure you have a tissue ready because it is a tear jerker. It never lowers itself to petty sentimentality though. The Whole Wide World will touch you via pure emotional story telling - kudos to the writer who adapted Price's novel.It's criminal that the DVD and video are not available in the United States! Various cable channels are playing it regularly, and the DVD is available in Canada. Try to catch it if you can!
I found this movie while searching through a reduced DVD bin. But once I saw Vincent D'onofrio in the lead I knew I would not be disappointed; and of course I wasn't.He is one of the most talented and underrated actors gracing the indie screen today. Although he has had several big budget roles MIB-The Cell to name a couple he is a character actor and does extremely well with character driven films. I'd never heard of Robert E. Howard until I watched the WWW and I couldn't think of a better person to introduce him to me than Mr. D'onofrio. The way he portrays his <more>
tortured existence and his need for companionship and acceptance was done with such brilliance and conviction, you can really appreciate how much Bob Howard lived inside his own head and yet longed to be part of the world around him.Renee Zellweger also turned in a notable performance as Novaline Price. She skillfully portrayed the love, hope and irritation she often had for Bob. Together D'onofrio and Zellwegger not only showed the pain of unrequited love, but the richness of friendship.I recommend this film to anyone looking for great acting, wonderful cinematography and a delightful score. Curl up, turn the lights down, and enjoy. I promise the characters will stay with you long after the final credits.
A beautifully acted, extraordinarily touching film. D'Onofrio is my favorite actor based almost solely on this performance. Zellweger gained an enormous amount of credibility as an actress in my eyes after I saw this movie. Jerry Maguire was OK, but it didn't really show the full range of her talents. This is a stunning movie -- one of my favorite romantic movies of all time see also Dogfight . I'm so happy to see how many other people REALLY like this film. --Frink-3
Beautiful and heart-wrenching (by Buguise)
As beautiful as a custom-made sunset, this film captures your heart in its portrayal of a master story-teller who lives more successfully on the printed page than in the unscripted world. D'Onofrio is magnificent as the lumbering, emotionally challenged writer and Zellweger delivers an exquisitely painful performance, letting us see and feel the sympathetic agony of her affection and support. But it is not just these characters that make the film. The entire cast turn in well-rounded characterizations even when given the most slender of lines. Credit director Ireland and the Texas sunsets.
Lovely! (by marcosaguado)
What a nice surprise. Romantic, without being corny Intelligent, without ever being pretentious or high brow. Moving, without ever falling into sentimentality. Renee Zellweger's performance is, without question, her best. And Vincent D'Onofrio is just heart breakingly wonderful. What an underrated actor he is. The movie never falls into the usual common places, it keeps you longing for their love to bloom. The score is also superb. Most highly recommended.
A beautiful mess (by Mnemosyne)
Half the time I was watching it, I was criticizing the writing, since the decisions the characters make throughout the film seem awfully quick and even arbitrary. But through the great performances of Renee Zellweger and Vincent D'Onofrio -- and like a good Robert E. Howard story -- it all comes together and packs a solid punch at the end. I have very little tolerance for "heart-tugging" moments in films, but this one had me BAWLING at the end, not just misty-eyed. Just remember -- like all great love stories, this film does not end
Novalyne's point of view... (by eyeresist)
All the praise for this movie in the other comments here should be taken as read. This is one of my favourite films, for many many reasons.It should be noted that the story is very much from Novalyne Price's viewpoint, which explains the movie-of-the-week feel that sometimes arises. If this movie had been shot from Howard's point of view, we can be pretty sure it would have been a lot darker, more lurid and more violent! The way the film supports Novalyne's opinions rather than Howard's is, I guess, in keeping with the story, i.e. romance foundering on Novalyne's inability <more>
to accept Howard for who he is, flaws and all. Am I the only one who thought Novalyne was heartless to insist Howard stop caring for his dying mother? It's an age-old story: the pain of romance made impossible by differing interests and natures.