The Whole Wide World

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The Whole Wide World
The Whole Wide World.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byDan Ireland
Produced byCarl Colpaert
Dan Ireland
Vincent D'Onofrio
Kevin Reidy
Written byNovalyne Price Ellis
Michael Scott Myers
Music byHarry Gregson-Williams
Hans Zimmer
Distributed bySony Pictures Classics
Release date
  • January 1996 (1996-01) (Sundance)
  • September 8, 1996 (1996-09-08) (Toronto)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$375,757[1]

The Whole Wide World is a 1996 American film directed by Dan Ireland. It depicts 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. Original music was provided by Harry Gregson-Williams and his mentor Hans Zimmer. This was their first collaboration as mentor and protegé.


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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  2. ^ Reelviews, retrieved 11 July 2007
  3. ^ Beale, Lewis (December 10, 1996). "Don't Walk Away, Renee Everybody Is Chasing Zellweger, But Hot New Actress Isn't Sure Why". Retrieved November 13, 2012.

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