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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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1938. Julia Lambert and Michael Gosselyn are the royal couple of the London theater scene, Julia an actress and Michael a former actor who took over running the theater and its troupe upon the passing of their mentor, Jimmie Langton. Jimmie is still constantly with Julia in spirit as she navigates through life. Besides their work, Julia and Michael lead largely separate lives, they long ago having stopped a sexual relationship. Julia of late has been feeling disenchanted with her life, she not wanting to admit it's because she is approaching middle age. Her disenchantment manifests itself in wanting Michael to close their current production early so that she can recharge her juices, something he is reluctant to do if only for not wanting to let the theater sit empty. What Julia ends up doing instead is embarking on an affair with Tom Fennel, an adoring young American who is young enough to be her son. As Julia and Tom's relationship progresses, the more she falls in love with him and ... Written by Huggo

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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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18 February 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Conociendo a Julia  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$101,126 (USA) (15 October 2004)

Gross:

$7,739,049 (USA) (1 April 2005)
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Trivia

Miranda Richardson was originally attached to play Julia Lambert. See more »

Goofs

In a scene in the dressing room Julia asks for a beer and her husband gets her a beer and twists off the cap. Twist off caps were not used until after the war. See more »

Quotes

Florence: I think I used to know your father in Jersey, he was a doctor, wasn't he? He used to come to our house quite often.
Julia Lambert: Actually, he was a vet, he used to go to your house to deliver the bitches. Your house was full of them.
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Connections

Version of Bezaubernde Julia (1960) See more »

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Yes, Yes, My Baby Said Yes, Yes
Written by Con Conrad and Cliff Friend
Published by Redwood Music Ltd. c/o Carlin Music Corp. and by Edwin H. Morris & Company, a Division of MPL Communications,
Inc.
Performed by Andrew Paton Story Busher
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A most excellent movie
18 October 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is a great bit of fun: over the top in all the right places, and with many laugh out loud moments. It is bright, emotional, engaging, and witty, just like the title character, acted to perfection by Annette Bening.

It's brilliantly acted from top to bottom, with wonderful performances from even relative newcomers, Lucy Punch and Shaun Evans. I especially loved how the many layers of the original work are brought across: how real can be the fantasy world of theatre, and how fantastic the real world may seem in opposition to it. In theatre, they say timing is everything. That's very true about the bulk of the situations in this movie. I would definitely see this movie again.


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