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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16 February 2007 (USA)  »

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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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Ian Holm was the original choice for Ian, but for some reason, Peter O'Toole vetoed his casting. See more »

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In the newspaper fight scene in the restaurant, the waitress is seen about a foot behind Maurice as he is initially attacked. From the opposite camera angle, the waitress alternates between being missing or about ten feet away. See more »

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Maurice: No, you can't cling to me like this, Ian, we'll both go down.
Ian: Put me on my feet then, you silly old fool!
Maurice: You're on your feet.
Ian: Oh. Yeah. Well. Thank you.
Maurice: Not at all.
[they begin dancing]
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Features Hollyoaks (1995) See more »

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Véritable Prélude Flasques (pour un chien)
Composed by Erik Satie
Performed by Dave Hartley
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Peter O'Toole and Vanessa Redgrave still got it!
11 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Peter O'Toole is one of my favorite actors and it's always been sad for me to think of him dying off without an Oscar. He's given great performances and my favorite is The Lion in Winter (for which he SHOULD have won). However, Venus has proved to be what is possibly his last chance at getting an Oscar. He is just wonderful in all his scenes. The film is very lovely, sweet, charming and funny. Jodie Whittaker is just lovely and a very talented upstart. However, if any other character deserved an Oscar, or a nomination, it is the great Vanessa Redgrave who has stood firm in being a great talent and hasn't even started to fade away like O'Toole almost did. Her scenes aren't that big but she leaves a lasting impression. She still looks beautiful at 69 and she still shows the same display of emotion as she did in her star making breakout role as Rosalind in "As You Like It" to her recent released film "The White Countess". She and O'Toole play off each other very well. This is a wonderful first film for them. See the movie, I know you'll enjoy it.


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