Ulee's Gold

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Released 1997

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Director:
Victor Nunez
Released:
1997
Rating:
R
Ulee's Gold is the acclaimed 1997 drama from writer-director Victor Nunenz (Ruby in Paradise). The story follows the slight Ulee Jackson (Peter Fonda), who faced battle in Vietnam and lost his wife not long after they started a family. Years after her passing he still seems like he hasn't completely come to terms with it. He works as a beekeeper and tells one of his daughters how the bees and him take care of each other. Keeping busy with them takes him out of this and other grief. The bees seem to be a sort of replacement for his wife and they keep him in check. His imprisoned son calls him out of nowhere one day. Their relationship was shattered somewhere along the way, and mistakes kept Ulee's love away. He is desperate with a crisis involving his wife, who is perpetually stung out and hung on drugs. She is in the custody of dangerous criminals who demand money for a theft gone awry which her husband was involved in and jailed because of. This large catastrophe falls in Ulee's lap and soon becomes a hazard for the welfare of his family.moreless

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  • 90

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Beautiful and heartfelt, an oasis of humanity in a season of furious hyperbole.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Ulee's Gold stands out for its sureness, its quiet emotional force and writer-director Victor Nunez's ability to find and nurture the mystery and power in the events of an ordinary...

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Nunez achieves a rare, and rarely earned, emotional depth that rewards the moderate demands he makes on contemporary viewers' short attention spans.

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