- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 15, 2009
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 10/01/1994
"...A number of solid performances....[Duvall's performance] stands beside the best work he's done..."
New York Times - 12/17/1993
"...Scenes that are generous and genuine..."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/22/1994
"...Duvall cuts through the warm-your-heart movie machinery..." -- Rating: B
Chicago Sun-Times - 01/21/1994
"...The movie is essentially about the close observation of behavior. Like some of Hemingway's stories, the real action is implied. The characters trade small talk, and we sense that larger issues are lurking beneath their cheerfulness..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
They're retirees who are anything but retiring. Robert Duvall and Richard Harris deliver "two of the year's most spectacular performances" (Bob Campbell, Newhouse Newspapers) as a reserved ex-barber and a salty former sea captain, beached in a quiet Florida town and living solitary lives. But after meeting in the local park one afternoon, these polar opposites soon become the unlikeliest of friends.
Randa Haines (Children of a Lesser God, The Doctor) directs and Shirley MacLaine, Piper Laurie and Sandra Bullock co-star in this wonderful film that shows how friendship opens up the two men to life's riches. If you like movies brimming with characters who linger in the memory, Wrestling Ernest Hemingway is "the perfect tonic" (Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today). "
Frank (Richard Harris) is an amatory ex-seaman. Walt (Robert Duvall) is a reserved haircutter leading an orderly quiet life. When the two lonely old men meet, they become reluctant friends and swap stories about their lifetimes. Together they combat loneliness, old age and their disparate dispositions. But after Frank harasses Walter's friend, Elaine (Sandra Bullock), their relationship is shattered and they are forced to reevaluate one another.
A touching story from melodrama filmmaker, Randa Haines, WRESTLING ERNEST HEMINGWAY is clever minimal film. Working with only a tiny cast and a handful of sets, Haines produces a subtle and thought provoking film which closely examines aging and loneliness. Duvall and Harris brilliant as the quarreling old duo.
- Director Randa Haines ("Children of a Lesser God" and "The Doctor") has worked in television as well as film. She previously directed a television movie about incest titled "Something About Amelia."
- Color by Technicolor.
- Copyright 1993 Warner Bros.
- Rated BBFC 12 by the British Board of Film Classification.