Ulee's Gold (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ulee's Gold (1997)



Critic Consensus: Led by an outstanding Peter Fonda performance, Ulee's Gold movingly depicts a family in crisis -- and a patriarch willing to sacrifice for the good of others.

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Ulee is a beekeeper living on a farm where he takes care of his two granddaughters; their mother is missing. When Ulee's son Jimmy call's from prison, he says the girl's mother is in Miami. Ulee retrieves her but runs into Jimmy's former partners who demand money from him.

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Peter Fonda
as Ulee Jackson
Christine Dunford
as Helen Jackson
Jessica Biel
as Casey Jackson
Vanessa Zima
as Penny Jackson
Steven Flynn
as Eddie Flowers
Tom Wood
as Jimmy Jackson
J. Kenneth Campbell
as Sheriff Bill Floyd
Dewey Weber
as Ferris Dooley
Traber Burns
as Chance Barrow
Ryan Marshall
as Charlie Myers
Chad Fish
as Markie
Will Sexton
as Child at Rest Stop
Dale C. Marshall
as Beekeeper Assistant
James Whitehurst
as Beekeeper Assistant
Charles Branner
as Beekeeper Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Ulee's Gold

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (16)

Nunez's use of melodrama is as refreshingly anti-Hollywood as ever: the action is entirely in the service of character. What's startling about this quiet, un-hyped-up film is how moving it is.

February 27, 2018 | Full Review…
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This low-key drama is played slow and sage.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

One of those unexpected pleasures that combines a low budget with a high emotional impact.

April 25, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

A modest delight.

January 22, 2002 | Full Review…

This is no bakery-grade honey.

May 11, 2001 | Rating: 4.5/5

There is a quality about this film's use of deliberation that comes at times wonderfully close to magic.

February 14, 2001 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ulee's Gold

Not a bad film that shows what can be accomplished with a low budget and solid acting but there have been better.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


It was pretty good.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


A favorite.

Leo L
Leo L

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