Directed By: Michael Apted Starring: Jodie Foster

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The lives of a doctor and a psychologist are unexpectedly transformed by a reclusive woman raised in the woods who speaks a strange, impenetrable language dubbed 'nellish'.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40236453
UPC 024543110361
UPC 14 00024543110361
Format DVD
Release Date 4/1/2014
Rating Rating
Character Study
Social Issues
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note The backwoods of North Carolina is where Nell (Jodie Foster) lives, all alone. She has her own form of language and no idea of a world beyond her small plot of land. Then civilization enters her life in the form of two doctors (Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson), who discover the untamed wild child. Now that they have come to study her, Nell's life will never be the same again--but neither will theirs. Based on Mark Handley's play IDIOGLOSSIA, which means a language for one, NELL is an intriguing look at a person who has grown up without any contact with the modern world--like the famous wild boy of Aveyron portrayed in François Truffaut's WILD CHILD. Foster is excellent in delivering Nell's unique language and body movements, while Neeson and Richardson are intense in their sparring over how Nell should be treated. For eclectic director Michael Apted, this film is just one of several (COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER and GORILLAS IN THE MIST) he has made about women who are not easily categorized. NELL is also the first film from Foster's production company, Egg Pictures.
Plot Summary
Summary A woman who has lived in the wild with hardly any human contact is discovered by a pair of scientists. They try to study her and decipher her language and her amazing story, ultimately learning more about themselves.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "You have big things. You know big things. But you don't look into each other's eyes. And you're hungry for quietness."--Jerome Lovell (Liam Neeson) translating Nell (Jodie Foster) to the court
USA Today "...Ethereal visuals..." 02/03/1995 p.4D
Entertainment Weekly "...Foster gives an audacious performance..." 01/13/1995 p.41
Los Angeles Times "...By the time NELL is over, Foster's passionate performance will make almost everyone believe..." 12/14/1994 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...NELL is an effective film, and a moving one. That is largely because of the strange beauty of Jodie Foster's performance..." 12/23/1994 p.33
Michael Apted
Jodie Foster
Cast & Crew
Jodie Foster - Star
Liam Neeson - Star
Natasha Richardson - Star
Richard Libertini - Star
Mark Isham - Composer
Renee Missel - Producer
Jon Hutman - Production Designer
Mark Handley - Story
Mark Handley - Screenwriter
Jodie Foster - Producer
Dante Spinotti - Director of Photography
Susan Lyall - Costume Designer
Jim Clark - Editor
William Nicholson - Screenwriter
Michael Apted - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1994
Catalog ID 2221036
UPC 00024543110361
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 112 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Foster,Jodie
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Joel Seigel, Good Morning America You must see Jodie Foster, an incredible performance. A wonderful film.

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