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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
Sarina Grant
as Cell Woman #1
Elizabeth Hoffman
as Dr. Johnson
Haley Taylor-Block
as 11 year-old Claudia
Lavelle Roby
as Correction Officer #1
Tyra Ferrell
as Cell Woman #2
Carlos Cervantes
as Cell Man #1
Suzanne Kent
as Card Playing Patient
Shirley Jo Finney
as Correction Officer #2
Tony Rolon
as Defendant Gonzales
Ron Cummins
as Arraignment Court Clerk
Valentina Quinn
as Cell Woman #3
Billy Kane
as Attendant #2
Dakin Matthews
as First Judge
Tina Lifford
as Lawyer #2
Nicole Burdette
as Cell Woman #3
Conni Marie Brazelton
as Court Officer #2
Roydon E. Clark
as Guard #1
Castulo Guerra
as Dr. Arantes
Darryl Ponicsan
as Bar Patron #3
Bruce Barbour
as Guard #3
Paul Benjamin
as Harry Harrison
Sharon Barr
as Dayroom Woman #1
Warren Manzi
as Saul Krieglitz
Sydney Urshan
as Cell Man
Leontine Guilliard
as Dayroom Woman #6
Allison Caine


Martin Ritt
Teri Schwartz
Barbra Streisand
Cis Corman
Darryl Ponicsan
Tom Topor
Book Author
Tom Topor
Alvin Sargent
Andrzej Bartkowiak
Barbra Streisand
Composer (Music Score)
Sid Levin
Joel Schiller
Production Designer
Teri Schwartz
Executive Producer
Cis Corman
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