The title of this post is the title of a 1996 film about the life -- or some of the life -- of pulp writer Robert E. Howard, perhaps best known as the man who breathed life into Conan the Barbarian. He wrote considerably more than that; in fact, he wrote quite a lot, especially for a man who took an early exit.
Howard's own story is altogether too complex to cover in a blog post. The Whole Wide World doesn't even try; based on a memoir by Novalyne Price Ellis, who dated him off and on for several years prior to his death, it's a fascinating look at the writer at the peak and abrupt end of his career. Well-written, the brilliant Vincent D'onofrio sinks right into the character of Howard and Renee Zellweger seems equally at home as Ms. Price.
It's a relatively understated film but has considerable emotional impact. Unless your taste in movies runs to nothing but, well, barbarian swordsmen and fighting sailors, you might like it, too.
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