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A Price Above Rubies – A Hidden Gem Produced by Lawrence Bender

Lawrence Bender was born in The Bronx in 1957. Both of his parents were educators. His father was a college professor; his mother was a kindergarten teacher. In high school, he decided to follow his grandfather’s steps and become a civil engineer. He followed through with these goals, earning his degree at the University of Maine. Instead of becoming a civil engineer, Lawrence Bender became one of the most renowned film producers of all time.

After his success in the film industry, Lawrence Bender returned to the University of Maine, giving a lecture and receiving a Doctor of Humane Letters degree. This degree is given to students of a school for making achievements outside of typical fields like science, literature, or government. Bender was also honored by the ACLU with a Torch of Liberty Award.

His accomplishments in film consist of an Academy Award for Good Will Hunting, and 28 other nominations. In total, Lawrence Bender’s films have won Academy Awards six times.

A Price Above Rubies is one of Lawrence Bender’s lesser known films in America. The film stars Renee Zellweger and also features Julianna Margulies and Kim Hunter.

The film is about Sonia, a woman who is a part of an arranged marriage. During the film, Sonia struggles with her conflicted emotions towards her husband. She has an affair with her husband’s brother but doesn’t share a real connection with him. Eventually, she finds a new partner and her former lover exposes her to the family. She is banished from the family and is left fighting for the custody of her child.

The film was released at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998. It made just over $1 million at the box office.

Lawrence Bender’s most successful films are with Quentin Tarantino. He has produced Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, and many other of Tarantino’s greatest directorial efforts.