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Being Julia (2004)

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Set in '30s London, the film involves stage actors and their experiences with love and revenge.

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Tale of amorous folly and revenge set in the world of the London stage in the late 1930's. Reigning diva Julia Lambert's success and fame grow suddenly wearisome. She falls head over heels for a young American, Tom, and begins a passionate May - December affair. When she realizes that Tom is just a young social climber whose real passion is ambitious young starlet Avice Crichton, Julia begins to plot a delightful revenge. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Passion. Obsession. Revenge. Prepare for the performance of a lifetime.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 November 2004 (Hungary)  »

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Conociendo a Julia  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$271,408 (Australia) (18 March 2005)

Gross:

$7,739,049 (USA) (1 April 2005)
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Film debut of Max Irons. See more »

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When Tom first dances with Julia in a nightclub, he is clearly seen wearing a square-faced wristwatch. This is the Cartier given to him a few scenes later by Julia. He shouldn't be wearing a watch at all in this early scene, having pawned his own round-faced watch to pay for the night's entertainment. See more »

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Jimmie Langton: I've lived in the theatre since I was a kid, what I don't know about acting isn't worth knowing. Now, you may be 20 years old and just beginning, but I think you're a genius. You've got magnetism, but no idea how to use it. You have to grab the audience by the throat and say "Now, you buggers, you pay attention to me!" and remember this, when you're on the stage acting, theatre is the only reality, everything else, the world outside, what civilians call the real world, is nothing but fantasy ...
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References Wee Willie Winkie (1937) See more »

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Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries
Written by Lew Brown and Ray Henderson
Published by Redwood Music Ltd. c/o Carlin Music Corp. and by Ray Henderson Music Co., Inc.
(c) Chappell & Co.
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All About Eve, 2004
18 December 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Anyone who enjoys the catty, female-driven movies of old (All About Eve, The Women, et. al.) and bemoans the idea that they don't make 'em like they used to should see "Being Julia." Annette Bening is at her best when she's *not* playing saints, and while Julia isn't nearly as awful as the roles she played in "The Grifters" or "American Beauty," she's wicked enough to delight throughout (and vulnerable enough to garner sympathy).

Most of the reviews and award nominations associated with this film will likely heap loads of praise on Annette Bening and little else. She is in nearly every scene, so it's hard to separate her performance from anything else -- and while she is brilliant; the story, direction, costumes, cinematography, art direction, and supporting performances are equally worthy of praise.

Every once in a while, they make one like they used to.


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