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The life of Paul Raymond, the controversial entrepreneur who became Britain's richest man.

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Jennifer Ellis ...
Fawn
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Nick Hopper ...
Charles the Chauffeur
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Journalist No. 1
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Jean Raymond
Jim Clubb ...
Liam Turner
Sarah Lou ...
Liam Girl No. 1
Emma Williamson ...
Liam Girl No. 2
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Barrister
Raymond Waring ...
Reporter No. 1
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Jimmy Humphries
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Rusty Humphries
Frankie Thomson ...
Jennifer Gardiner ...
Revue Bar Cigarette Girl
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After the untimely death of his daughter, Paul Raymond reflects on his life. Rising from a mind-reading act, Raymond grew to have a fabulously successful career as an erotica magnate that would make him the richest man in Britain. However, for all his material success, Paul's appetites mess up his personal life, such as alienating his wife with his philandering. Furthermore, even as he challenged his society's sexual mores, Paul's relationship with his daughter proves troublingly problematic as she came of age. While trying to be the best father he could, Paul gradually comes to realize that his proclivities have impoverished him in ways that mere money cannot address. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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$10,379 (USA) (12 July 2013)
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The U.S. one sheet theatrical poster released around November 2012 had a release date of 8 March 2013 quoted. The film actually did not get released in the U.S. until 5 July 2013 as a very limited release. It had a wider release in its home country of the United Kingdom. See more »

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A generous take on a slightly dark industry
13 August 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'The Look of Love' tells the story of the first 'porn baron' of London, Paul Raymond - arguable the richest man in England to ever make his money in such an industry.

The first thing you need to know is that the casting of Steve Coogan is a sheer masterpiece. He's every bit believable as the sleazy, low-life kid from Liverpool who made his fortune in London. It's his film and he carries it well. There are a few famous faces popping up here and there and they all play their parts well, too. However, I thought the best co-star was (The Thick of It-famed) Chris Addison, playing yet another slimebag to perfection.

If you're even vaguely offended by (female) nudity, or drug usage, then you probably shouldn't watch this. Both vices are frequently portrayed from the opening act to the end.

Ultimately, the film charts the highs and the lows of Paul Raymond's career, although, if you investigate the man himself, you may feel that Coogan's portrayal of him and his industry is quite kindly. Sex, drugs and pornography are shown as the norm, rarely damaging anyone's life (other than the protagonist's). But that could be down to the film's running time being quite a condensed ninety minutes. Therefore, we're probably left to put two and two together to realise that such vices can sometimes carry far darker consequences.

If you're expecting 'Alan Partridge' Coogan then you may be disappointed. The Look of Love is not that funny, but then it's not really meant to be. It's a (generous) life story of a very interesting may who was certainly not a saint. If you're a fan of Coogan, or just curious to know what goes on behind those alluring neon lights in Soho then give this one a go.

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