I'm glad the ending didn't degenerate as it so easily could have.
Ulee's Gold is a 1997 film written and directed by Victor Nuñez, and starring Peter Fonda in the title role. Co-stars include Patricia Richardson, Christine Dunford, Tom Wood, Jessica Biel, J. Kenneth Campbell, Steven Flynn, Dewey Weber, and Vanessa Zima. It is "not quite an independent film" released by Orion Pictures, with Jonathan Demme receiving presenter credits for his role in the film's financing.".
The film was the "Centerpiece Premier" at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. Fonda's performance was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor and a Screen Actors Guild Award. During a 1997 interview held in Melbourne, Fonda commented on the character he portrayed:
The film's title refers most concretely to the honey Ulee produces as a beekeeper, particularly that made from the nectar of the tupelo tree. Nuñez used the Lanier family, a third-generation beekeeping family in Wewahitchka, Florida as "bee consultants" for the film; the Lanier family swamp lands and bee yards served as...