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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 & 18 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Constable O'Malley of the North
O'Malley Director #1
T / U Productions Executive #1
David Pryde ...
T / U Productions Executive #2
Bartender at Grumpy's
Detective O'Hearne
Marica Pellegrinelli ...
'The Countess'
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.


Comedy | Drama

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:

CAD 77,216 (Canada), 26 December 2010

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,241, 16 January 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rachelle Lefevre lost her role in The Twilight Saga: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) because of commitment to this film. See more »


After Boogie is caught with The 2nd Mrs. P, she leaves and he sits on the stairs wrapped in a blanket, talking and sharing a drink with Barney. When Boogie gets up to go to the kitchen to get more booze, the blanket falls on the floor in the hallway. When Boogie comes back with his drink, the blanket is back on the stairs. 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 Breakfast: Episode dated 8 December 2010 (2010) See more »


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Written by John D. Loudermilk (as John Loudermilk)
Performed by Nina Simone
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Inc. by arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.
Licensed by arrangement with Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music (BMI)
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Barneys' Version cuts to the core of man's foibles and strivings
1 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

The movie moved me through it's no holds barred view of Barney's life. We see his imperfections and self-inflicted wounds even as he tries to build a life and family with his true love. Paul Giamatti wonderfully portrays a life though the stages from youthful and idealistic 20's through the difficulties of aging and confronting death. If you want to give yourself a chance to be introspective about your own path and the choices you've made in the various parts of your life you'll find this movie to be very moving. It is a movie that the 50+ crowd will find to be meaningful and honest. There is a lot to dislike about Barney and the way he has hurt others, yet there is a good heart underneath it all (as he yet fulfills the adage of being his own worst enemy). This was a wonderful movie, now I'm looking forward to reading the book and then seeing it again.

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