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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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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?


Four noted Canadian film directors make cameo appearances in the film. We see Atom Egoyan as a director of O'Malley of the North, Ted Kotcheff as the conductor on the train, David Cronenberg as another of O'Malley's directors, and Denys Arcand as the head waiter at the Ritz. And, although better known for their acting, Paul Gross and Saul Rubinek are also movie directors. See more »


While on his honeymoon with the second Mrs. P. Barney is sitting on the bed reading a newspaper. During his conversation his right leg is outside of the bedspread. When he says he is going to take a quick nap his leg is still showing, but as he is speaking he swings the newspaper with his left arm. The camera angle changes and his leg is now under the cover as he finishes swinging the paper. 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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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.1 (2011) See more »


Vita Francesco
Written & Performed by Nicholas Fasullo
Used by permission of N. Fasullo (SOCAN)
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Loved Barney, all of his Friends, and his wives
20 September 2010 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I saw Barney's Version in Toronto. Loved it. Superb performances by all actors. Give yourself a night off, forget about your problems and find out about Barney's problems and his friends problems, and his wive's problems. It will make your life seem better. If you read the book, you most definitely will enjoy the movie. Poor Barney, nothing seems to turn out the way he wanted. He makes two really bad mistakes in his personal life and even though he is successful in business, he is really miserable and doesn't know how to fix it. An unexpected turn of events, and voilà, his worst problem is solved. But in an instant, he messes up again and is suspected of murder. The answer isn't revealed until the very end. I really felt sorry for Barney. The best line of the movie comes out of Minnie Driver on their Honeymoon. The best scene in the movie is a buff Scott Speedman stripping down to his underwear to go snorkeling. Dustin Hoffman is funny as heck. His son is also in the movie and is quite good. Rosamund Pike is enchanting and I see why Barney loved her so much. Barney is played by Paul Giammati and I will picture him as Barney forever. I wanted to give him a hug.

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