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Venus (2006)

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

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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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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actor | friend | painting | money | food | See All (153) »

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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)

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$48,871 (USA) (24 December 2006)

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

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Donald: [Maurice and Ian are hitting at each other during a fight] What is this, catheters at dawn?
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Connections

Featured in The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2007) See more »

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Slavonic Dances Op. 72, No. 2 in E minor: Dumka (Allegretto grazioso)
Composed by Antonín Dvorák (as Antonin Dvorák)
Arranged by David Arnold & Dave Hartley
Performed by Rolf Wilson, Simon Bags (as Simon Baggs), Dave Hartley
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An Oscar for O'Toole? Beautiful, yet tragic
20 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

More Mother than Notting Hill. Peter O'Toole is brilliant -- creepy, lovable, objectionable and yet so vulnerable as the aging, forgotten actor in this "kind of makes you squirm in your seat" love/obsession story. I viewed it at the closing night of the Chicago International Film Festival. The tone and feel of the film places you squarely in Maurice's (O'Toole) gloomy, last chapter of life journey as well as Jesse's (Jodie Whittiker) bratty, just getting her own life started journey. Outstanding cinematography, score and music. Wonderfully haunting! V. Redgrave is terrific and beautiful. Oscar's all around for this funny, sometimes creepy, real look at two people finding each other at the most unexpected time in their lives.


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