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Life for a pair of veteran actors gets turned upside down after they meet a brash teenager.

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Maurice Russell, once a great actor, is now living in London in the twilight of his life. Those of his generation remember him fondly, while those in the younger generations have no idea who he is. He spends most of his time hanging out with his friends Ian, also an actor, and Donald, or visiting with his wife Valerie for who he has great affection but with who he no longer lives. His acting career is virtually over, he only taking roles on the odd occasion when he needs the money. Ian has decided to invite his young great-niece Jessie from the provinces to come and stay with him, basically to act as his caregiver in case he falls ill, but also to be his companion. He envisions listening to Bach with her and her cooking him food to which he is accustomed. Jessie's stay is nothing as he envisions. She doesn't know how to cook, she drinks all his alcohol, and she has unrealistic visions of what she will accomplish in her life. Maurice, however, sees in Jessie, a person who can help him ... Written by Huggo

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The most acclaimed actor of his generation in the role of a lifetime

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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£3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$48,871 (USA) (22 December 2006)

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$3,343,528 (USA) (6 April 2007)
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Jodie Whittaker's feature film debut, and one of her first on screen appearances. See more »

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Maurice needs glasses to read, so it's assumed that his sight is poor. It's impossible for him to see that Jessie's new boyfriend has the same tattoo she's having done, being him across the street from the tattoo parlor. See more »

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Maurice: [Maurice is clipping Ian's toenail] Keep still. It's not surgery.
Ian: I don't trust you.
Maurice: [clips the nail] Got it! A palpable hit!
Ian: But where has the little fucker gone?
Maurice: Who cares? It's free now.
Ian: I can't have my home scattered with toenails.
Maurice: Oh, God. I'll have to get my other glasses.
Ian: They're around your fucking neck.
Maurice: Oh. Thank you.
[puts glasses on, begins to search]
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Featured in The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2007) See more »

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I'd Like To
Composed by Corinne Bailey Rae, Tommy Danvers, Paul Herman
Performed by Corinne Bailey Rae
Published by Global Talent Publishing / Sony/ATV Music / Copyright Control
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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Peter O'Toole falls in love with 20 year old
8 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Peter O'Toole, as a great actor, has a certain transcendent charisma that has not diminished with age. It is well worth it to see this movie just for him. The life affirming message implicit in his brilliance preserved in old age goes well with the main theme of the film itself, which is the perseverance of vitality in the elderly.

The movie is a black comedy, and achieves both the blackness and the comedy perfectly. A scene where O'Toole accidentally barges into a room where his young love interest is modeling nude (while trying to spy on her)is especially hilarious. And his attempts to deal with catheter troubles are darkly hilarious. The movie is a poignant portrait of old age and an uplifting story of young love.


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