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The Whole Wide World (1996)


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Commentary 1: Director Dan Ireland, actor Vincent D'Onofrio, screenwriter Michael Scott Myers, co-producer Benjamin Mouton, and composer Harry Gregson-Williams Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on February 7th, 2016:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Director Dan Ireland, actor Vincent D'Onofrio, screenwriter Michael Scott Myers, co-producer Benjamin Mouton, and composer Harry Gregson-Williams make for a very energetic group commentary. D'Onofrio is chiming in from New York, while the rest of the players comment from Los Angeles. The proceedings are led by the Director Dan Ireland, who entered the fray of Directing for the first time on "Whole Wide World." If you are a fan of the film, well you're "front and center" for what has to be the "Mutual Admiration Society" for this picture, and everyone invloved in it. The praise can be quite overwhelming, and perhaps it is deserved. The crew and producers, namely Vincent D'Onofrio, helped turn a $1.3 Million dollar budget, shot in just 19 days, into a very high quality product. Trivia abounds on the real life counterpart to Robert Howard, Novalyne Price, as well as one Renee Zellweger. Zellweger fans will really appreciate the origin of her involvement in "Jerry Maguire," which began here and involved James L Brooks and a very famous cinematographer with an eye for talent. The part of Novalyne was initially made for Olivia D'abo, who had to drop out due to pregnancy. Humorous Mr. Ireland is, in hinting at the diffuculty of shooting in "anamorphic" with a female lead at 7 months pregnancy. That the group includes the writer really helps shed more light on the biography of Robert Howard, and the possibility that such a giant in "Pulp" literature had all of the symptoms of a Manic-Depressive, possibly Bipolar, personality. Acting students will very much appreciate Vincent's active involvement here, detailing each and every choice he makes throughout the picture. Which actions were totally improvised, and the particular nuance Renee brings in her reactions to Vincent's character. A very busy commentary, but one filled with interesting and engaging insight for the entire duration. 8/10