The Whole Wide World

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The Whole Wide World
The Whole Wide World.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Dan Ireland
Produced by Carl Colpaert
Dan Ireland
Vincent D'Onofrio
Kevin Reidy
Written by Novalyne Price Ellis
Michael Scott Myers
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Hans Zimmer
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release date
  • January 1996 (1996-01) (Sundance)
  • September 8, 1996 (1996-09-08) (Toronto)
Running time
106 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,300,000
Box office $375,757[1]

The Whole Wide World is a 1996 American film depicting the relationship between pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard (Vincent D'Onofrio) and schoolteacher Novalyne Price Ellis (Renée Zellweger).

The film was adapted by Michael Scott Myers from Ellis's memoirs, One Who Walked Alone and Day of the Stranger: Further Memories of Robert E. Howard. The film was directed by Dan Ireland. Original music was provided by Harry Gregson-Williams and his mentor Hans Zimmer. This was their first collaboration as mentor and protegé.

Plot summary[edit]

In 1933 Texas school teacher and aspiring writer Novalyne Price is introduced by friends to pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard. A relationship soon develops between the two but it is doomed by personality conflicts and life events, such as the terminal illness of Howard's mother.


Cast notes


When auditioning for the film Jerry Maguire, Zellweger met director Cameron Crowe several times but had trouble convincing him that she could play "a 20-something woman" rather than a girl. This was solved by Zellweger's agent sending Crowe a tape of The Whole Wide World.[3]

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