Synopsis: Nell is a girl who's been brought up in an isolated world. The only people she knew were her mother and twin sister. They lived together in a cottage in the forest. Nobody has ever met Nell. After her mother's death, she's discovered by the local doctor Jerome. He's fascinated by her, since she speaks a mangled language, developed by her sister and herself growing up, "twin speak" if you will. But Paula, a psychology student, wants her observed in a laboratory. The judge decides they get three months to observe her in the forest, after which he'll decide about Nell's future.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Michael Apted
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

Miz Kelty?

Miz Kelty?

You don't need me, Mr. Baring.

Just wasting my time again

You know where I am.

No square dancing!

Do you reckon he

ought to be in the hospital?

No, ma'am. My advice is

don't go near those places

unless they pay you a heap of money

Your father's eighty-seven years old, Janet.

Just be there for him

Don't worry,

I ain't a-gonna go nowhere

Been looking for you all over, Jerry

- Take care

- See ya

- Thanks for seeing Papa

- Sure

Billy Fisher found her.

He delivers the groceries out there

I guess she's what you'd call a hermit

She talked kinda funny, too.

She kinda like, uh, "Durr yurr mmm..."

Only one side of her face was working

You try talking out

of one side of your face

Oh, so you seen her then?

Just the once.

When I first moved out here

It seemed to me she was doing okay

Oh, sure now, she lived her own life

I didn't know there were

folks living this far out

Well, there aren't.

Just ol' Miz Kelty


It's beautiful

Well, look at that

Just laid herself down...

folded up her arms and died

Don't look like she's been gone long


In this heat, you'd know

if she'd been dead more than a day

Well... anything

I should be concerned about?

Not that I can see

I guess she hasn't been

outside in a long time

Well, that figures. The last time I seen

her in town was more'n a year back

Is this for real?

No electricity, no phone...

no running water

She lived here all alone, huh?

Well, that's what hermits do, lovell

They live alone and they die alone

Peterson to Robbinsville base

Okay-ay-ay, we're outta here!

Let's get back to civilization

Billy Fisher found her when

he delivered the groceries?

Yeah, that's right

I'll catch up with you

Hi there

It's okay, I won't hurt you

- Stay back!

- Well, what the hell is it?

- Stay back!

- What the hell is it, Jerry?

- Put the gun away. Leave her alone

- Don't touch my gun, Jerry

- Come on, let's go. Come on

- What the hell is it?

- Get out. She's scared

- She's scared? Holy sh*t! What...?

Good God Almighty

You ever heard of

anyone else living out here?

No, never

- Are you all right? Did you get hurt?

- Fine. Fine

- Okay

- Jesus

Let's take this one step at a time.

Stay here. I'm gonna go back inside

Jerry, I can't let you go back in there.

We don't even know what that thing is

It's a human being.

And she's frightened

Well, what are you gonna do?

Talk to her. If I can

Please... don't be afraid

The Lord led you here, stranger.

Guard my Nell. Nell

Good child. the Lord care you

Man, did you see this? That crazy old

woman owned half of this damn woods

What kind a deal is this?

The first stranger who finds

her is supposed to look after her?

- Well, that means you, Jer

- Oh, sure. Just what I need

Well, "the Lord led you here".

There you go

You led me here

Well, you want the Lord

to take care of you or not?

The last time I saw the Lord

was in church on my wedding day.

And look how that turned out. Come on

Well, she's definitely over age

So I guess we notify

the Adult Protective Service

She doesn't need a social worker.

She needs a padded call

That is one seriously disturbed lady

Well, I'm afraid that's

gonna be your territory, Jerry


Well, "the Lord led you here, stranger"

It's okay. It's okay. It's all right,

just calm yourself down. It's okay

Calm down, calm down

It's all right calm down.

No! Whackie!

No. Calm down

Come in

Nicole, you want to sing

"Open/Shut" then?

Doctor Olsen?

Could you close the door, please?


They said it was fine to drop by

I'm Jerry Lovell. I've got a family

Rate this script:0.0 / 0 votes

William Nicholson

William Benedict Nicholson, OBE, FRSL is a British screenwriter, playwright, and novelist who has been nominated twice for an Oscar. more…

All William Nicholson scripts | William Nicholson Scripts

2 fans

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "Nell" STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 2 Oct. 2023. <>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    Watch the movie trailer



    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.