The Whole Wide World

Synopsis: In Texas in the 1930s, young schoolteacher Novalyne Price meets a handsome, eccentric, interesting young man named Robert Howard. He's a successful writer - of the pulp stories of 'Conan the Barbarian'; she's an aspiring one. A friendship develops into a sort of courtship. Based on a memoir by Novalyne Price.
Director(s): Dan Ireland
Production: Sony Entertainment
  6 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

writes, well...

Well, what?

Dr. Howard brought

one in one time.

It was filthy.

Not something a young

lady would read.

Do you have a telephone?

It's right over there.


Yes, Howard residence please.

I'll connect you.


Hello? Who is this?

This is Novalyne Price.

I'm a new teacher in town.

Is Bob there?


in Brownwood.

Can you have him call me

when he gets in?

I'm boarding at Mrs. Hemphill's.

He can call me there.

I'll tell him.


Uh, is he still writing?

Of course he is.

Oh. Well, I'm interested

in writing too, so...

Sure you are.



Have you heard

from that young man?

You mean

Robert Howard? No.

Well, he's shy, I hear.

Shy? I'm the one

who's supposed to be shy,

and I've called him

about a zillion times.

Every single time,

his mother tells me,

"Oh, he's writing.

He can't come to the phone,"

or "He's out of town,

but I'll tell him you called."

"I'll tell him you called."

You know, I bet she's never

told him that I called.

I bet that's it.

I'm sorry, but that just

makes me so damn mad.


Oh, God, Ethel.

You've never said "damn"

on a Sunday?

Well, Lord, no.

Think of the children.

What children?

Do you see any children in here

for me to defile

with my "damns"?


Let's get going.

Morning, cousin.

Girls and I are going to take

a little ride after church.

Would you like to join us?

Yes. Yes, I would.

Oh, I'm sorry, Ethel.

There's not room for you.

Maybe next time.

Shouldn't go running

over to a man's house,

especially one

who's not returned

any of your phone calls.

He's not interested

in you, Novalyne.

Enid, I'm only going

to ask Bob a question.

I'm not going to ask

for his hand in marriage,

and I'm not throwing myself

at him.

How do I look?

To ask a question,

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