Wrestling Ernest Hemingway

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Wrestling Ernest Hemingway
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRanda Haines
Produced byTodd Black
Written bySteve Conrad
CinematographyLajos Koltai
Edited byPaul Hirsch
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • December 17, 1993 (1993-12-17)
Running time
123 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$278,720

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway is a 1993 American romantic drama film directed by Randa Haines and written by Steve Conrad, starring Richard Harris, Robert Duvall, Sandra Bullock, Shirley MacLaine, and Piper Laurie.[1]


Frank is a retired Irish seaman. Walter is a retired Cuban barber. They are two lonely old men living in Florida, trapped in the emptiness of their own lives.

When they meet in a park, the flamboyant Frank is finally able to start a conversation with the introverted Walter after several attempts. They begin to spend time together and become friends, sometimes meeting at the snack shop where Walter orders the same food every day and becomes fond of Elaine, a young waitress.

Frank's salty talk and crude behavior in public offend Walter and threaten their friendship. In the meantime, Frank attempts to start a romance with Georgia, a woman he meets at the movies, while dealing with Helen, his landlord who is put off by his manner.



The film received mixed reviews from critics, as it currently holds a rating of 57% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 21 reviews.


  1. ^ Caryn James (1993-12-17). "Harris As an Aging Macho Man". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-02.

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