The Conan and Robert E. Howard Website
A motion picture about Robert E. Howard
Wide World is now currently available for rental at most video rental
stores. There is also a "director's cut" wide screen version on
laser disc that contains two or three scenes not released on either
the VHS or DVD video versions. In 2002, a bare bones DVD containing
only the short, theatrical version of the movie
was released in Canada (Region 1).
The Whole Wide World is a movie that seemed to have a very short playing time at theaters. There were some reports of the movie starting at a local theater and only seven days later leaving the theater and town. The cause for this short playing time seems to have been the poor choice of release date for the movie -- December of 1996 -- where it went up against the year's blockbuster movies. The choice to release the movie in December was an attempt to profit from the publicity and interest generated by actress Renee Zellwedger's performance in "Jerry Maguire" which was relased less than one month prior to "The Whole Wide World." It is thought that delaying the release of the movie for a few more months, perhaps in Feburary or March of the next year, might have allowed the public's interest in Renee Zellwedger to mature enough to lead an audience to seek her out in "The Whole Wide World." Although the movie was not a big budget hit at the box office, it did receive excellent press, excellent reviews, and many esteemed awards.
Opening: Winter 1996
Based on her acclaimed autobiographical book, THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD tells the story of Novalyne Price, an attractive feisty West Texas schoolteacher and her bittersweet, romantic and turbulent relationship with Robert E. Howard, the great pulp fiction writer of the 1930's. Howard was the creator of such classics as Conan the Barbarian, Red Sonja, Kull the Conqueror, Solomon Kane, etc. Price's intense desire to become a writer initially drew her to Howard. Their brief two year relationship met with many obstacles, including Howard's offbeat eccentric ways. But theirs was a romance like no other; deeply passionate, intellectually stimulating, and always challenging. This is an unforgettable love story that ultimately changed the course of their lives. Featuring career making performances from Renee Zellweger (Jerry Maguire, Empire) and Vincent D'Onfrio (Full Metal Jacket, Blood Brothers, Strange Days).
CAST:Vincent D'Onofrio, Renee Zellweger, Ann Wedgeworth, Harve Presnell and Benjamin Mouton
Copyright: Sony Pictures Classics
Whole Wide World Links
|The Official Sony Pictures Classics Whole Wide World Website (very cool!)
|Whole Wide World Wins at Seattle Film Festival!
|"The Whole Wide World"
|Movie Review #2
|Listen to Director Dan Ireland
|Movie Review #3
|12 Festival Internacional De
Cine De Mar Del Plata
|Movie Review #4
|Mr. Showbiz - Review #5
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