The Whole Wide World

Updated June 26, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
Director: Dan Ireland
Writer: Michael Scott Myers
Director of Photography: Claudio Rocha
Editor: Luis Colina
Music: Hans Zimmer and Harry Gregson-Williams
Production Designer: John Frick
Producers: Carl-Jan Colpaert, Kevin Reidy, Dan Ireland and Vincent D'Onofrio
Sony Pictures Classics; PG; 105 minutes
Release: 12/96
Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Renee Zellweger and Ann Wedgeworth
Based on the memoir One Who Walked Alone by Novalyne Price Ellis

It's refreshing to see a movie about an intelligent couple that engages in thoughtful conversation about meaningful things. Set in 1930s Texas, The Whole Wide World examines the troubled relationship between a pulp-fiction writer, Robert E. Howard (D'Onofrio), and an aspiring writer, Novalyne Price (Zellweger). Most of their troubles lie in Howard's psychological problems. He lives with his parents and is servile to his ill mother (Wedgeworth). He's not comfortable with his dependent devotion to her and often erupts in fierce tantrums. Howard finds an escape in his erotic adventure stories. Though he has serious problems, the film studies writers and writing through him, exposing a tormented character who elicits both sympathy and admiration.

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