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High-priced hooker Claudia Draper (Barbra Streisand) has been arrested for the murder of one of her clients. The attorney engaged by Claudia's parents hopes to cop an insanity plea so that she can avoid a trial and manslaughter conviction. But she refuses this, citing a proviso in New York law that may result in her spending the rest of her life in an institution. Against all odds, struggling lawyer Aaron Levinsky (Richard Dreyfuss) tries to prove that Claudia is not crazy and is capable of standing trial. He certainly has his work cut out for him; from what we've seen in the film thus far, the violently impulsive Claudia is not only "nuts," but certifiably so. Though she has plenty of opportunity in Nuts to give out with her usual bravura Streisandisms, Streisand (who also produced the film and wrote the songs) is surprisingly restrained through most of the proceedings. And then there's that extended-monologue climax. Nuts was adapted by Tom Topor, Darryl Ponicsan, and Alvin Sargent from Topor's stage play. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 20, 1987


Barbra Streisand
as Claudia Draper
Richard Dreyfuss
as Aaron Levinsky
Maureen Stapleton
as Rose Kirk, Claudia's Mother
Karl Malden
as Arthur Kirk
Eli Wallach
as Dr. Herbert A. Morrison, Psychiatrist
Robert Webber
as Francis MacMillan, Prosecuting Attorney
James Whitmore
as Judge Stanley Murdoch
Leslie Nielsen
as Allen Green
William Prince
as Clarence Middleton
Edward Blackoff
as Bar Patron #2
Nicole Burdette
as Cell Woman #3
Darryl Ponicsan
as Bar Patron #3
Paul Benjamin
as Harry Harrison
Castulo Guerra
as Dr. Arantes
Warren Manzi
as Saul Krieglitz
Allison Caine
Elizabeth Hoffman
as Dr. Johnson
Valentina Quinn
as Cell Woman #3
Billy Kane
as Attendant #2
Sydney Urshan
as Cell Man
Tony Rolon
as Defendant Gonzales
Haley Taylor-Block
as 11 year-old Claudia
Lavelle Roby
as Correction Officer #1
Carlos Cervantes
as Cell Man #1
Shirley Jo Finney
as Correction Officer #2
Ron Cummins
as Arraignment Court Clerk
Dakin Matthews
as First Judge
Conni Marie Brazelton
as Court Officer #2
Bruce Barbour
as Guard #3
Leontine Guilliard
as Dayroom Woman #6
Roydon E. Clark
as Guard #1
Sharon Barr
as Dayroom Woman #1
Suzanne Kent
as Card Playing Patient
Sarina Grant
as Cell Woman #1
Tyra Ferrell
as Cell Woman #2
Tina Lifford
as Lawyer #2


Martin Ritt
Teri Schwartz
Cis Corman
Barbra Streisand
Alvin Sargent
Darryl Ponicsan
Tom Topor
Tom Topor
Book Author
Andrzej Bartkowiak
Barbra Streisand
Composer (Music Score)
Sid Levin
Joel Schiller
Production Designer
Cis Corman
Executive Producer
Teri Schwartz
Executive Producer
Anne McCulley
Set Designer
Joe Tompkins
Costume Designer
Thomas D. Causey
Sound/Sound Designer
Larry Fuentes
Special Effects
Aldric La'Auli Porter
First Assistant Director
Marion Dougherty
Stanley Brossette
Unit Publicist