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Ulee's Gold Details


Peter Fonda received a richly deserved Oscar nomination for his superb performance as Ulysses "Ulee" Jackson, a Florida beekeeper forced to put his splintered family back together. Ulee is a Vietnam veteran whose wife died several years ago, a blow he's still learning to live with. His son Jimmy (Tom Wood) is in prison, and his daughter-in-law Helen (Christine Dunford) ran away, leaving Ulee to raise their two daughters by himself. Ulee is a quiet man who has a hard time displaying warmth and does not always deal well with the rebellious children put in his care. But he possesses an intense inner strength and a firm sense of loyalty and responsibility. One day Ulee gets a call from Jimmy; he's received word that Helen has fallen in with a pair of drug dealers and is in sad shape. While he doesn't much care for the idea, Ulee heads out to rescue her, only to discover the men who have her were Jimmy's partners in the robbery that put him behind bars; they threaten Ulee by saying if they're not given the $100,000 Jimmy has stashed away, they'll come after his daughters. Meanwhile, Ulee is forced to deal with Helen's painful withdrawal from drugs; he gets some help from Connie (Patricia Richardson), a divorced nurse who has recently moved into the neighborhood and seems to understand Ulee's lonely stoicism. Written and directed with subtle intelligence by Victor Nuñez, Ulee's Gold is a moving story about the trials and responsibilities of family ties, with Peter Fonda leading a fine cast that delivers uniformly impressive work. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:January 22, 1997


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Victor Nuñez Best Director 1997 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Victor Nuñez Best Screenplay 1997 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Peter Fonda Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1997 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Peter Fonda Best Actor - Runner-up 1997 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Peter Fonda Best Actor 1997 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Peter Fonda Best Actor 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Fonda Best Actor 1997 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Peter Fonda Best Actor 1997 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Patricia Richardson Best Supporting Actress 1997 Nominee


Peter Fonda
as Ulee Jackson
Patricia Richardson
as Connie Hope
Jessica Biel
as Casey Jackson
J. Kenneth Campbell
as Sheriff Bill Floyd
Tom Wood
as Jimmy Jackson
Christine Dunford
as Helen Jackson
Vanessa Zima
as Penny Jackson
Dewey Weber
as Ferris Dooley


Victor Nuñez
Victor Nuñez
Victor Nuñez
Charles Engstrom
Alex Steyermark
Musical Direction/Supervision
Debbie De Villa
Art Director
Sam Gowan
Peter Saraf
Valerie Thomas
Executive Producer
Edward Saxon
Executive Producer
John Sloss
Executive Producer
Charles Kulsziski
Set Designer
Marilyn Wall-Asse
Costume Designer
Pete Winter
Sound/Sound Designer
Gus Holzer
First Assistant Director
Judy Courtney
Stewart Lippe
Line Producer