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Encyclopedia > Ruby in Paradise
Ruby in Paradise
Directed by Victor Nuñez
Written by Victor Nuñez
Starring Ashley Judd
Produced by Keith Crofford
Sam Gowan (exec. producer)
Distributed by October Films
Release date January 1993 (Sundance)
November 1993 (USA)
Runtime 115 min.
Language English
Budget $800,000 (estimated)
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Ruby in Paradise is a 1993 film written, directed, and edited by Victor Nuñez, and starring Ashley Judd, Todd Field, Bentley Mitchum, Allison Dean, and Dorothy Lyman. Ashley Judd on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Ashley Judd on the cover of Harpers Bazaar Ashley Judd (born April 19, 1968 in Granada Hills, California) is an American actress. ... Executive producer is a role in the entertainment industry that is difficult to define clearly. ... October Films was a U.S. independent film studio and film distributor founded in 1991 by Bingham Ray and Jeff Lipsky as a means of distributing Life is Sweet. ... See also: 1992 in film, other events of 1993, 1994 in film, list of years in film. Events March 31 - Actor Brandon Lee is accidentally killed during the filming of The Crow. ... The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival in the United States, and ranks amongst the top five events of its type in the world. ... See also: 1992 in film, other events of 1993, 1994 in film, list of years in film. Events March 31 - Actor Brandon Lee is accidentally killed during the filming of The Crow. ... Ashley Judd on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Ashley Judd on the cover of Harpers Bazaar Ashley Judd (born April 19, 1968 in Granada Hills, California) is an American actress. ... Dorothy Lyman is an accomplished television actress, director and producer. ...


Judd plays Ruby, the title character and narrator of the film. As the film begins, she is leaving Tennessee, landing in Panama City, Florida, a summer resort town she visited as a child. Although she arrives there in fall, at the beginning of the off-season, she gets a job at Chambers Beach Emporium, a souvenir store run by Mrs. Chambers (played by Lyman), overcoming the owner's initial rejection of her employment application by telling her "I've done retail before, and I work real cheap." Over the course of a year she keeps a journal (from which the film's narration is taken) and contemplates her career ups and downs, her love life, her past, and her future. State nickname: Volunteer State Other U.S. States Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Governor Phil Bredesen (D) Senators {{{Senators}}} Official languages English Area 109,247 km² (36th)  - Land 106,846 km²  - Water 2,400 km² (2. ... Panama City is a city located along U.S. Highway 98 in Bay County, Florida. ...


The film is a character study, proceeding at a leisurely pace with Ruby's introspective comments interspersed with routine scenes at the souvenir store or conversations with her friend Rochelle (played by Dean), or the men she dates (played by Field and Mitchum).


Together with Public Access it won the 1993 Grand Jury Prize for Drama at the Sundance Film Festival. Roger Ebert picked it as one of his Top Ten Films for the year. It also won an Independent Spirit Award for Judd as Best Female Lead. The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival in the United States, and ranks amongst the top five events of its type in the world. ... Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942, Urbana, Illinois) is a film critic who writes for the Chicago Sun-Times; his reviews are syndicated to over 200 newspapers in the U.S. and abroad. ... Founded in 1984, the Independent Spirit Awards were originally known as the FINDIE (Friends of Independents) Awards and presented winners with Plexiglas pyramids containing suspended shoestrings representing the paltry budgets of independent films. ...


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