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The Whole Wide World (Sous-titres français)

Vincent D'Onofrio , Renée Zellweger , Dan Ireland    DVD
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Director Dan Ireland shows a talent for authenticity with this heartbreaking love story based on Novalyne Price's 1988 account of her prickly romance with 1930s pulp-fiction writer Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan the Barbarian. She was a schoolteacher in a small Texas town; he was the odd-ball writer who lived at home and created comic-book characters that were sexier and more violent than was considered decent by the locals. Renée Zellweger's performance is a gem of sweet unconventionality matched by Vincent D'Onofrio's powerful show of eccentricity and increasing mental illness. Though smart and feisty, this leaves us wishing the filmmakers had dug deeper into Howard's unusual relationship with his manipulative mother. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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Driven by the electrifying performances of Vincent D Onofrio (Men In Black) and Renee Zellweger (Jerry Maguire) THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD is the touching true story of the star - crossed love between writer Robert Howard and schoolteacher Novalyne Price. The creator of Conan the Barbarian and Red Sonja Howard was a small town writer with an insatiable appetite for larger than life heroism and fantasy. Shunned by the prudish locals he was befriended by a feisty young teacher who offered him an unforgettable chance at love. Actors: Ann Wedgeworth - Benjamin Mouton - Harve Presnell - Renee Zellweger - Vincent D Onofrio. Director: Dan Ireland. Format: DVD. Format Size: Widescreen. Runtime: 106 mins. Language: English. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U. S. territories). Discs: 1. Rating: Unrated. Genre: Drama. Release Year: 1997.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Acting, True Gem for Discriminating Viewers July 16 2004
By A Customer
I cannot imagine imagine how "Shakespeare in Love", Titanic (lousy script, great computers) and even worse, "American Beauty" got Oscars for actors and films etc. while a film like this which requires true acting is overlooked. While pleasing, many could have performed well in the Shakespeare film both drunk and asleep and I would not have bothered with either of the latter. The "Whole Wide World" had next to nothing by way of props or settings, it was essentially a dialogue between two actors who have to carry us the entire time and do so beautifully. My husband said it best, the Academy Awards are political brown nosing nothing more. I guess it must remain a treasure for those capable of seeing the difference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Question About The DVD.... Sept. 29 2003
This is one of my all-time favorite movies. So much so that I bought it on laserdisc to get in widescreen, even though I didn't have an LD player (I put it on VHS with the help of a friend).
On the LD there are a couple of added scenes. There is a scene where Robert and Novalyne talk about ancestral memories, a scene where lightning strikes a tree as they sit in the car, and I think another scene with Robert's mother talking about his correspondence with HP Lovecraft. Does anybody know if these are on the DVD?
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is Robert E. Howard as I imagined him March 23 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I have looked forward to seeing this film for quite a while. Finally I got hold of a VHS copy and sat with my wife (and such kids as were interested) and watched it. Impressions: The two principle actors are just about perfect for the roles of Howard and Price. Having been a Howard fan for years, and being familiar with his life's story, I was sceptical that any film would play it straight. But this story seems to not have needed any embellishment to make it more romantic, sad and triumphant. I agree with what one reviewer has already said: that KISS is probably the most passionate I have ever seen in a movie ! And it is important too; because it shows up how hard it is to recapture feelings when things are said (and left unsaid) and love fades away. The timing of their lost love for each other (which was growing by fits and starts first one feeling it, then the other) is what forms Novalyne Price's life-long regret (so I gather from the tone of the story): that had she just said the right things - felt the right things - at the right time, Howard would not have been lost to her. (That constitutes almost a spoiler; and for those who do not know the story I appologize.) But the triumph of the story is also in the ending of it: it has to do with faith and hope.
For those who want a real-life romance, this film is perhaps the best I have seen. It is sort of like "Out of Africa" in that respect; but I enjoyed it far more, because it is about someone (Howard) that I care about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars DVD version is missing 12 minutes of the film March 16 2004
I first saw this film on Showtime(cable TV)and was immediately struck by the chemistry between Vincent D'Onofrio and Renee Zellweger. There is never a slow or dull moment in the movie. You are transported back in time to the 1930s not only by the props, clothes and settings but also by the actions of the actors. They truly capture the era in their portrayals of Robert E. Howard and Novalyne Price, two star-crossed people who wanted to love one another but just couldn't make it happen. This movie has what I would consider to be the MOST PASSIONATE KISS in film history. My spine tingles every time I watch it.
The DVD however, is a disappointment. I don't know who is responsible for re-mixing the film for DVD release but they have OMITTED 12 minutes of the film that really help to tell the story with much more clarity. They have also rearranged some of the scenes to try to camouflage their butcher job. Interestingly enough in the special feature commentary Dan Ireland, Vincent D'Onofrio and a few others begin to comment on an upcoming scene when they realize it is no longer in the picture. They quickly change the subject but not without the viewer picking up on their obvious embarrassment.
The jacket for the DVD shows one of the omitted scenes on the back cover. Personally, I feel that any film that has been remixed, especially when scenes have been deleted for a DVD release, should be labeled as such so the buyer is aware that they are NOT GETTING the same film they may have viewed at the theatre or on TV.
With that said....I would still buy the DVD just for the kissing scene. It is THE BEST!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Movie and unperfect DVD version May 23 2004
Format:VHS Tape
As many reviewers here, I happen to watch this movie through the TV without any high expectation. However, the movie proves itself to be such an excellent masterpiece that I immediately decide to buy a copy into my wonderful movie collection. The story, the sence, the actors/actress, the director, everything about the moive is made flawlessly.
The only problem I have and strongly wish the distributor to fix is that the DVD version lost many very touching and romantic sences that impress me so much on TV.. I hate whoever did this to a wonderful movie. I searched every store in my local area to find out the VHS or other DVD version of this movie. But unfortunately get nothing. I do wish the distributor can give out a new version of this movie without any edition. Please keep those beautiful sences!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
Good movie, but not for the action seekers. Vincent does a great job, as always, playing the part of a deep character
Published on Sept. 5 2011 by Frances
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 hour and 46 minutes at last!
Just a revision to my previous review. In my excitement of finally seeing the full length version of this film again I engaged in some very bad math. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2005 by Dinoguy
5.0 out of 5 stars 116 minutes at last
I'll keep this short. Thank you Alliance/Atlantis for releasing the film I saw in the theatre, all 116 minutes of it. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2005 by Dinoguy
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the rest of this film? 18 Minutes are missing!
According to the Internet Movie database, the film that this DVD purports to show is 111 minutes long. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by riccotto
5.0 out of 5 stars It is true what everyone says about The Kiss
Incredible movie and it really IS the best screen kiss I have EVER seen.
Published on May 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars whole wide world
this has quickly become my all time favourite movie.It is a beautiful story about unrequited love. The cast is superb,especially Vincent D`Onofrio as Robert Howard. Read more
Published on April 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised
I just ran across this movie on cable and thoroughly enjoyed it. When Renee Zelleweger thanked Vincent D'Onofrio at the Oscars when she won for her role in "Cold... Read more
Published on April 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, great performances
I just stumbled across this movie when it was on cable. It was riveting. The story itself (which has been described by others here in detail) is interesting and touching and I... Read more
Published on March 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The absolute best movie I have ever seen!
Zellweger and D'Onofrio ... WOW! The chemistry between these two marvelous actors just sizzles. The story is a bittersweet love story that does not disappoint; it is well written... Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2004 by C. Dimitry
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