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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jake Hoffman plays Dustin Hoffman's grandson. In real life he's his son. 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 Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.1 (2011) See more »


River Runs Deep
Written by J.J. Cale
Performed by J.J. Cale
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited, Under license Universal Music Enterprises
Used by permission of Johnny Bienstock Music LLC
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Excellent film
8 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

I just saw this wonderful film which is an amazing adaption to Richler's story. The acting of the entire cast is extraordinary with Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver and the great Dustin Hoffman giving superlative performances. I sat in a small art-house cinema in a suburb of Tel-Aviv, Israel and the quite large audience (for a Saturday afternoon) enjoyed the film in total silence. You could have heard a pin drop (and that doesn't happen very often!).

I note that some reviewers were offended by the fact that some of the characters were unpleasant Jews. Well, that happens in life and as a Jew I wasn't offended one little bit. Like every other people we have nice and not nice people and I found the film to be very truthful, very funny and also very sad. An exceptional achievement!

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