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Venus (I) (2006)

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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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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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Release Date:

16 February 2007 (USA)  »

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£3,000,000 (estimated)

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


$3,343,528 (USA) (6 April 2007)

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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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