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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

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Vincent D'OnofrioRobert E. 'Bob' Howard
Renee ZellwegerNovalyne Price
Ann WedgeworthMrs. Howard
Harve PresnellDr. Howard
Benjamin MoutonClyde Smith
Michael CorbettMayor Booth Adams
Leslie BergerEthel

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Dan Ireland
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 111 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 20, 1996
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 29, 2003
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