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Ulee's Gold (1997)

R | | Drama | 18 July 1997 (USA)
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A reclusive beekeeper slowly pulls his dysfunctional family back together, but not without having to fight his son's previous dastardly cohorts.

Director:

Victor Nunez

Writer:

Victor Nunez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Fonda ... Ulee Jackson
Patricia Richardson ... Connie Hope
Christine Dunford ... Helen Jackson
Tom Wood ... Jimmy Jackson
Jessica Biel ... Casey Jackson
Vanessa Zima ... Penny Jackson
Steven Flynn ... Eddie Flowers
Dewey Weber ... Ferris Dooley
J. Kenneth Campbell ... Sheriff Bill Floyd
Traber Burns Traber Burns ... Chance Barrow
Ryan Marshall Ryan Marshall ... Charley Myers
Chad Fish Chad Fish ... Markie
Will Sexton Will Sexton ... Child at Rest Stop
Dale C. Marshall Dale C. Marshall ... Beekeeper Assistant
James T. Whitehurst James T. Whitehurst ... Beekeeper Assistant
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Storyline

Ulee is called one day by his incarcerated son, Jimmy, asking for a favor. Jimmy will repay his debts if they save his wife, Helen, from hoodlums. Ulee must now risk his and his family's lives to save Helen. Written by Robert Krzanowski <stonedpsycho@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ulee's Gold See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,563, 15 June 1997

Gross USA:

$9,161,691

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,161,691
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This was Jessica Biel's film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Ulee is having lunch at the Seafood Grill Restaurant which is located in Franklin County. When the sheriff parks next to Ulee's truck, you can see Gulf County on the door which is the next county over. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chance Barrow: So he says to me, I just soon they cut and stay off just north of Orlando. And let the bottom half go, right out into the Gulf. Say it didn't sound like such a bad idea...
Ulysses Ulee Jackson: Fair enough on the uh, Bakery Bridge, Chance. I want 92 for the Tupelo.
Chance Barrow: Ulee!
Ulysses Ulee Jackson: I could sell it myself... Fact is I've been thinking of doing just that.
Chance Barrow: Can you expect by next Thursday?
Ulysses Ulee Jackson: I can give you 39 barrels, I'll keep the rest...
Chance Barrow: You're not workin' as many bees these days, can you deliver?
Ulysses Ulee Jackson: I said 30. I'm ready...
Chance Barrow:
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The bees are thanked at the end of the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Buena
Written by Mark Sandman
Published by Pubco/Head With Wings Music (BMI)
Performed by Morphine
Courtesy of Rykodisc
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Good stuff. Slow, but that's OK.
17 February 2001 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

A pretty good little movie. The pace is a little slow, and often not much seems to be happening. This is not a bad thing here. Hollywood is usually so formulaic that they must not be discouraged when they try something a little different. Everything worked well here, the acting, the photography, the direction. Yes, Peter Fonda turned in a fine performance. I wonder if as much would have been made of this if Fonda hadn't spent most of his career playing in total stinkers, though. The small-time crooks, Fonda must deal with (including his son) are such losers they seem directly imported from an Elmore Leonard novel. Special mention for the child actress Vanessa Zima (Penny Jackson). She performed wonderfully in her role, full of soulful and meaningful looks. Either she is a very good child actress, or the casting director did a great job finding a girl who looks the part.


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