Wrestling Ernest Hemingway

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Wrestling Ernest Hemingway ★★ 1993 (PG-13)

A shy barber and a rollicking sea captain, both 75 and retired, form an unlikely companionship in a Florida retirement mecca. Duvall is the persnickety introvert who quietly follows routine and Harris is the would-be ladies' man whose endless tall tales include having tangled with Papa Hemingway in his youth. They share walks in the park, little league baseball from the bleachers, and coffee klatches that reveal the emptiness of their lives. Director Haines' focus on the principals' emotional baggage considerably dampens the proceedings. Depression in the elderly may be a topic that is not quite ready to come out of Hollywood's closet. 123m/C VHS . Robert Duvall, Richard Harris, Piper Laurie, Shirley MacLaine, Sandra Bullock; D: Randa Haines; W: Steve Conrad; C: Lajos Koltai; M: Michael Convertino.