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Barney's Version (2010)

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The picaresque and touching story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky.



(novel), (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
O'Malley Director #1
T / U Productions Executive #1
David Pryde ...
T / U Productions Executive #2
Bartender at Grumpy's
Marica Pellegrinelli ...
'The Countess'
Thomas Trabacchi ...
Domenico Minutoli ...
Judge at Rome Wedding
Massimo Wertmüller ...
Rome Doctor (as Massimo Wertmuller)


Take a ride through the life and memories of Barney Panofsky, a hard-drinking, cigar-smoking, foulmouthed 65-year old hockey fanatic and television producer, as he reflects on his life's successes and (numerous) gaffes and failures as the final chapters of his own existence come sharply into focus. Written by Production

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First he got married. Then he got married again. Then he met the love of his life.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

18 February 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Minha Versão do Amor  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$65,241 (USA) (14 January 2011)


$7,501,404 (USA) (17 June 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Dustin Hoffman; and five Oscar nominees: Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike, Denys Arcand, Minnie Driver and Atom Egoyan. See more »


On the radio Miriam introduces the song "I Don't Want to Hear It Anymore" by Dusty Springfield. The recording played is the version by Shelby Lynne which was recorded in 2008. See more »


[first lines]
Blair: Hello?
Barney Panofsky: Blair, I'd like to speak with my wife.
Blair: Oh, Barney, it's 3:00 in the morning.
Barney Panofsky: Put my wife on the phone.
Blair: She's not your wife and I'm not waking her.
Barney Panofsky: All right. Well, then just ask her what she wants me to do with all these nude photos I have of her. Ah, come to think of it, you actually might want them, if only to see what Miriam looked like in her prime.
Blair: [hangs up]
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Referenced in Maltin on Movies: Barney's Version (2011) See more »


Written and performed by Miles Davis
Licensed by arrangement with Prestige Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Prestige Records/Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Barney's Version
15 December 2010 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

This was a beautiful, fascinating film about a very anti-social character Barney Panofsky. It starts out in Rome in the 1970's and spans a period of thirty years. The film is part murder mystery, love story, and lastly a memoir of a Jewish Canandian television producer, unlikable but never predictable. Paul Giametti gave an Oscar worthy performance as this complex character. He actually makes you care about Barney. Rosamind Pike, as Barney's third wife is wonderful, as is Minnie Driver as the overbearing, Jewish 2nd wife. Dustin Hoffman is Barney's dad and he captures the qualities of an earthy retired cup from the touch neighbors of Montreal. Scott Speedman does a wonderful job as Barney's drug addict best friend. 'Barney's Version' is based on the novel by Mordecai Richler. a very famous Jewish novelist. To see our full review please go to Two Jews On Film. We give this film a high bagel rating

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