Nuts

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A star vehicle in the tradition of those Susan Hayward biopics featuring major emotions and an unironed wardrobe. The question before the court is whether Claudia (Streisand) is nuts, and thus unfit to stand trial for manslaughter, or just bristlingly independent. A high-price hooker, she killed a client in self-defence, but her rich parents want her committed rather than risk a trial. She resists, snarling at shrink, counsel, and due process alike through matted hair. Lawyer Levinsky (Dreyfuss) is assigned the case, and grudgingly they work together towards getting Claudia her day in court, though she gets the big speech which wins the day. Why she is like she is gets explained, and it's plenty neat; Streisand's a star, which means your complicity is on call at all times. In the shade, Dreyfuss is terrific, banking down his natural cockiness. At the risk of sounding like the guy who went to Cleopatra to see the snake, Wallach, Whitmore, Webber, Malden and Stapleton lay on limousine service.
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1987

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116 mins

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Barbara Fisher

This film is clinically correct, and therefore, powerful; It could not have been more accurate if written by a clincian. I very much admire the work of Torpor and Streisand in depicting the reali-life story of this person. The beginning was subtle enough in establishing that Draper was an incest victim, but probably not to most professionals.. After the first few minutes of the film, I leaned over to my husband and said, "she's an incest victim." Because of its honesty it portrayed the very real and pervasive problem of child sexual abuse. My hat's off to everyone involved in making this wonderful, award-making story and film. For what it's worth, I award to Barbra Streisand my vote as BEST DIRECTOR that season. Dr. Fisher

Barbara Fisher

This film is clinically correct, and therefore, powerful; It could not have been more accurate if written by a clincian. I very much admire the work of Torpor and Streisand in depicting the reali-life story of this person. The beginning was subtle enough in establishing that Draper was an incest victim, but probably not to most professionals.. After the first few minutes of the film, I leaned over to my husband and said, "she's an incest victim." Because of its honesty it portrayed the very real and pervasive problem of child sexual abuse. My hat's off to everyone involved in making this wonderful, award-making story and film. For what it's worth, I award to Barbra Streisand my vote as BEST DIRECTOR that season. Dr. Fisher