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Nuts (1987)

A high-class call girl accused of murder fights for the right to stand trial rather than be declared mentally incompetent.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Tom Topor (based upon the play by), Tom Topor (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbra Streisand ... Claudia Draper
Richard Dreyfuss ... Aaron Levinsky
Maureen Stapleton ... Rose Kirk
Karl Malden ... Arthur Kirk
Eli Wallach ... Dr. Herbert A. Morrison
Robert Webber ... Francis MacMillan
James Whitmore ... Judge Stanley Murdoch
Leslie Nielsen ... Allen Green
William Prince ... Clarence Middleton
Dakin Matthews ... 1st Judge
Paul Benjamin ... Harry Harrison
Warren Manzi Warren Manzi ... Saul Kreiglitz
Elizabeth Hoffman ... Dr. Johnson
Castulo Guerra ... Dr. Arantes
Stacy Bergman Stacy Bergman ... 16 year-old Claudia
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Storyline

A high-class call girl kills a customer in self-defense. To avoid scandal, her parents try to have her declared mentally incompetent. Not helping matters is that she is very distrustful of everybody, including her court-appointed attorney, and is very disruptive during her court hearings. Written by Tony Berkoff <aberkoff@hq.caci.com>

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Taglines:

Mad As In Angry. Or Just Plain... NUTS

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nuts See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,606,083, 22 November 1987

Gross USA:

$30,950,002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,950,002
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Both 'Halliwells' and 'Time Out' stated that the movie was a "star vehicle" for Barbra Streisand and Richard Dreyfuss. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Herbert A. Morrison: You need treatment in order to control yourself.
Claudia Draper: I'm in control, because right now I would like to ring your fucking neck! But I'm not going to.
Dr. Herbert A. Morrison: Good. That's a step in the right direction. I would like to help you put your life back in order.
Claudia Draper: Oh Herbie, there is no order in life. Maybe you need order. Maybe that's why you're here. Behind bars. Makes you feel safe doesn't it?
Dr. Hebert A. Morrison: Do you think this is productive?
Claudia Draper: I know you. You see I know you better than you know me. Because I've seen you with your ...
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Connections

Referenced in Kath & Kimderella (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

HERE WE ARE AT LAST
Music by Barbra Streisand
Lyrics by Richard Baskin
Arranged & played by Randy Waldman
(Bar Music)
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High voltage hysteria...
26 September 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Manhattan call-girl has to prove her sanity in a courtroom hearing after she has killed a client; she says it was in self-defense, but now her mental state and her lifestyle--as well as her tumultuous childhood--are on trial. "Nuts" presents a dilemma for director Martin Ritt and his screenwriters, Tom Topor, Darryl Ponicsan and Alvin Sargent, working from Topor's play: how do you get an audience to sympathize with the heroine of your story, one who has a short fuse, a nasty disposition, and who rubs everybody else the wrong way? It probably wasn't possible, and protagonist Claudia Draper is an exasperating, meddling, infernal creation. Barbra Streisand obviously saw in the material a meaty dramatic role for herself as an actress and, although perhaps a bit too old for the part of Claudia Draper, she tackles the project with relish. Unfortunately, "Nuts" opens with such a flurry of manic energy that it's predictable the film won't be able to sustain or match that intensity for the rest of its length. Once the introductions are out of the way, the film settles into a talky, stagy formula, one complete with showboating solo moments for Streisand and most of her co-stars (with the exception of Richard Dreyfuss as her legal representative, who makes a bigger impact simply by keeping a lower profile). Streisand's abrasive Claudia is really the whole picture, and Barbra chews up so much scenery in the course of two hours I'd be surprised if she didn't hit the gym afterward. Still, a piece like this needs an electric personality in the lead if it's going to work at all, and Streisand does more for the role than a less-dynamic actress might have. Not a great picture by any means, and with an amusing/puzzling final shot of Streisand at the end, but one that is well-produced, interestingly edited and full of top talent and style. **1/2 from ****


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