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Being Julia (2004)

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

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Archie Dexter
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Mari Kiss ...
Mr. Gosselyn's Secretary
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Ronald Markham ...
Butler
Terry Sach ...
Chauffeur
Catherine Charlton ...
Miss Philips
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Evie
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Curtain Call Boy
Andrew Paton Story Busher ...
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Antoine the Maitre D
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Rupert
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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)  »

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Conociendo a Julia  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$101,126 (USA) (17 October 2004)

Gross:

$7,739,049 (USA) (3 April 2005)
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Michael hands Julia a beer bottle that he opened by twisting off the cap; this innovation wasn't introduced until the mid-1960s. See more »

Quotes

Julia Lambert: I always lay a place for him at the table, just in case he turns up.
Michael Gosselyn: He's been dead for 15 years.
Julia Lambert: Yes, but, you never know.
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Connections

References Wee Willie Winkie (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Mad about the Boy
Written by Noël Coward
(c) Chappell & Co. on behalf of Chappell & Co. Music Ltd.
Performed by Denzel Sinclaire (as Denzal Sinclaire)
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Julia, Julia, Julia
18 October 2004 | by (L A.) – See all my reviews

You don't have to be a fan of Annette Bening (or Jeremy Irons) to enjoy this high-spirited tale of theatrical life - or rather, Julia Lambert's life, to be specific.

Based on a novella by my one of my all-time favorite authors, W. Somerset Maugham, Being Julia is sort of like All About Eve, except not as stage-y. It's a period piece, taking place in England in the '30s, where burnt-out Diva Extraordinaire Julia Lambert is moaning and groaning about her tedious, boring life to anyone who will listen, including her weathered and weary husband (Irons, drolly pipe-puffing his way through the film as only he could). She meets a young, handsome, American fan/opportunist (Shaun Evans, highly effective) and together they rekindle Julia's lust for life.

This is just the first half hour - it gets better and more and more outrageous (and of course more FUN) as it goes on. Needless to say, you won't be bored; in fact, you might very well leave the theater smiling and shaking your head, as I did.


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