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Wrestling Ernest Hemingway

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway
Robert Duvall, Sandra Bullock, Richard Harris Piper Laurie and Shirley MacLaine

Rated: PG-13 for language
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: December 17, 1993 Released by: Warner Brothers

Friendships begin and end throughout life, more often than not when one is old they end in death. When that is the subject of a film, the question is can it be explained interestingly and with a new twist?

Walter (Robert Duvall), an elderly Cuban-born gentleman, sits in a park in a quiet Florida town. He eats bacon sandwiches which are made specially for him by Elaine (Sandra Bullock - Demolition Man). She is his genuine friend.

When Walter meets Frank (Richard Harris), a rowdy old seaman, the contrast between the two creates an elderly "odd couple". Walter, neat and proper to a fault, and Frank, loose and free, who brags of all his female conquests which appear to be fantasy as much as part of his past life. Their lives intersect for a brief time and each is changed but only slightly. Walter's fantasy is to dance with a lady who is dressed accordingly. Frank jus wants sex and is open and vulgar about it.

The two become interesting but sad men who have lost their opportunities in life. Walter is more realistic about the present and Frank is like a hyperactive child who can't have what he wants.

The performances are as expected with these two fine performers and Sandra Bullock is very intriguing as a warm, pleasant young waitress. This is quiet entertainment with some very comical lines. It is more like a play than a film. There is little attempt to bring the southern environment into the picture.

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Wrestling Ernest Hemingway  C+                        C+ 

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