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The Benefactor (2015)

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A philanthropist meddles in the lives of newly-married couples in an attempt to relive his past.

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A philanthropist meddles in the lives of newly-married couples in an attempt to relive his past.

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Filmed entirely in Pennsylvania with many scenes in Philadelphia. See more »

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[first lines]
Franny: All I see are bedrooms and nurses stations here.
Bobby: Yeah, well, it's a hospital.
Franny: It's a children's hospital! It needs color.
Bobby: Come on.
Franny: Are we partners?
Bobby: Yeah.
Franny: Are we par... We *are* partners. I understand, and I get the whole thing. Your job is to cure these kids, my job's to make them feel better. We need animal stickers on the windows. We need sailboats hanging from the ceiling. We need fun things...
Mia: He's right. For once.
Bobby: Don't encourage him.
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Written by Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson Jr.) and Ronald White
Performed by Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans and Chase Deso
Sung by Richard Gere
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The price of pain
6 October 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Benefactor is let down by not being sure what type of film it wants to be.

Is it a tour de force by Richard Gere, a multi millionaire whose life is falling apart as he is wrapped by guilt as his actions caused the death of his friends in an automobile accident and then consumed by painkiller addiction or a man who seeks to meddle with the offspring of the people who died in the accident. A kind of a sinister Kriss Kringle who has designs on either the now grown up daughter or her surgeon husband.

Gere as Franny Watts is convincing as the well to do but disabled rich guy lost in addiction but surely a millionaire who is in need of morphine would be able to get hold of it if he really needed it?

Despite an earnest performance by Gere the film just does not know where to go.


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