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Venus (I) (2006)

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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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Budget:

£3,000,000 (estimated)

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£317,426 (UK) (26 January 2007)

Gross:

$3,343,528 (USA) (6 April 2007)
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Hanif Kureishi said that 'Junichiro Tanizaki''s novella, Diary of a Mad Old Man, is the inspiration behind the story. 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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At last an Oscar or O'Toole?
18 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A feel good movie that still leaves you feeling like you need a shower. Some uncomfortable scenes and a few directorial flaws (a speedy montage during a trip to the shore is particularly out of place) don't detract from solid acting from the cast as a whole and a brilliant performance by Peter O'Toole in particular. This strange take on the Pygmalion story is well supported by Jodie Wittaker as the title character and Leslie Phillips as the friend that everyone needs to either accompany you or drive you to the grave. But it is O'Toole's performance that makes this movie worth the price of a ticket. If he doesn't finally win an Oscar for this I might have to start fund-raising to buy him one.


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