Post by alliehalliwell on Feb 16, 2010 23:06:25 GMT -5
Thanks for posting the link DonnaJo, I did a search on YT some time ago to try to find that clip but could never find it. I was surprised his mention was so short since I read a couple interviews with Vincent where he was asked about it. Seems like they made a huge deal out of it - though, I am glad she mentioned him. He always deserves a nod. Love Vincent and this movie.
It's time for my more than occasional comment that I love this movie. (g)
And for my annual diatribe (love that word) against the Oscars. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences must be the stuffiest collection of pompous egotists outside of the old white European males who run the Olympics administration.
Leonard Maltin has included this film in his new book THE 151 BEST MOVIES YOU'VE NEVER SEEN. There's an interview with Mr. Maltin at the NPR site at NPR.org, and this excerpt is from the NPR site.
The Whole Wide World (1996)
Directed by Dan Ireland Screenplay by Michael Scott Myers Based on the memoir One Who Walked Alone by Novalyne Price Ellis Actors: Vincent D'Onofrio, Renee Zellweger, Ann Wedgeworth, Harve Presnell, Benjamin Mouton, Michael Corbett, Helen Cates
At the same time moviegoers were discovering Renee Zellweger in the smash hit Jerry Maguire, a distributor was attempting to generate interest in a much smaller-scale film featuring the young actress — but without the name value of Tom Cruise to help it along.
The Whole Wide World is a compelling drama about a most unusual relationship between a prim, unworldly Texas schoolteacher and aspiring writer named Novalyne Price and an eccentric but fascinating young man named Robert E. Howard. He lives with his mother, talks out loud as he clatters away on his typewriter, and has few if any social skills, but unlike Novalyne he is making a living through his words — as the creator of the pulp magazine heroes Conan the Barbarian and Kull the Conqueror!
Howard is played by the gifted Vincent D'Onofrio, whose attention-grabbing performance in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket (1987) propelled him to the front ranks of young character actors. Subsequent films include Mystic Pizza, JFK, Ed Wood (in a memorable cameo as Orson Welles), and Men in Black. In recent years he's become a familiar face to television viewers on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Only an actor with the skill and range of D'Onofrio could pull off a role as peculiar as Robert E. Howard and help us understand what Novalyne Price saw in him. Michael Scott Myers based his expressive screenplay on her memoir One Who Walked Alone.
Zellweger is equally believable as the teacher who hasn't experienced much of life as yet but finds herself in the thrall of Howard's company — even though each time they get together, she doesn't know what to expect. They develop a deeply felt friendship even though it (apparently) never becomes a sexual partnership.
Incidentally — or not so incidentally — the film was made in Texas, where it takes place, and where Zellweger got her first film and television experience in locally made features like Dazed and Confused. Little did she dream that this modest film would finally reach theaters the same month as the Hollywood movie that would change her life. Yet the experience of making The Whole Wide World stayed with her: when she won her Best Supporting Actress Academy Award years later for Cold Mountain she thanked D'Onofrio for "teaching me how to work."
The Whole Wide World also changed the life and career of Dan Ireland. The cofounder of the Seattle International Film Festival, he was determined to parlay his lifelong love of film into a career behind the camera. He has shown great care in his choice of projects and while he's never had a boxoffice smash, he has made some excellent films. You'll find another one of them, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, elsewhere in this volume.
Excerpted from LEONARD MALTIN'S 151 BEST MOVIES YOU'VE NEVER SEEN. Copyright 2010 Leonard Maltin. Reprinted by permission of HarperStudio. All rights reserved.
I love Dan Ireland's enthusiasm and obvious affection for both VDO and Renee displayed during the commentary. Just wondering if besides this film and "Mrs. Palfrey," was his other film which starred VDO, Thomas Jane, and Salma Hayak included in this list? Somehow I doubt it.