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Being Julia (2004)

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Set in '30s London, the film involves stage actors and their experiences with love and revenge.

Director:

István Szabó

Writers:

W. Somerset Maugham (novel), Ronald Harwood (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Gambon ... Jimmie Langton
Annette Bening ... Julia Lambert
Leigh Lawson ... Archie Dexter
Shaun Evans ... Tom Fennel
Mari Kiss Mari Kiss ... Mr. Gosselyn's Secretary
Jeremy Irons ... Michael Gosselyn
Ronald Markham Ronald Markham ... Butler
Terry Sach Terry Sach ... Chauffeur
Catherine Charlton ... Miss Philips
Juliet Stevenson ... Evie
Miriam Margolyes ... Dolly de Vries
Max Irons ... Curtain Call Boy
Andrew Paton Story Busher Andrew Paton Story Busher ... Male Singer
George Lang George Lang ... Antoine the Maitre D
Michael Culkin ... Rupert
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Storyline

1938. Julia Lambert and Michael Gosselyn are the royal couple of the London theater scene, Julia an actress and Michael a former actor who took over running the theater and its troupe upon the passing of their mentor, Jimmie Langton. Jimmie is still constantly with Julia in spirit as she navigates through life. Besides their work, Julia and Michael lead largely separate lives, they long ago having stopped a sexual relationship. Julia of late has been feeling disenchanted with her life, she not wanting to admit it's because she is approaching middle age. Her disenchantment manifests itself in wanting Michael to close their current production early so that she can recharge her juices, something he is reluctant to do if only for not wanting to let the theater sit empty. What Julia ends up doing instead is embarking on an affair with Tom Fennel, an adoring young American who is young enough to be her son. As Julia and Tom's relationship progresses, the more she falls in love with him and ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Passion. Obsession. Revenge. Prepare for the performance of a lifetime.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Canada | USA | Hungary | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adorable Julia See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$122,214, 17 October 2004

Gross USA:

$7,739,049

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,339,171
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Max Irons. See more »

Goofs

Tom tells Julia that Michael has given him a box for the opening of the new play. When we see Tom after Julia makes an obvious reference to him by saying, "B-E-N," he is seated not in a box but in the orchestra section, next to Julia's son and in front of Julia's male friend. See more »

Quotes

Julia Lambert: [to Evie] If you're thinking what I think you're thinking, stop thinking!
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Connections

Version of Adorable Julia (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries
Written by Lew Brown and Ray Henderson
Published by Redwood Music Ltd. c/o Carlin Music Corp. and by Ray Henderson Music Co., Inc.
(c) Chappell & Co.
Performed by The Mills Brothers
Courtesy of JSP Records
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All About Eve, 2004
18 December 2004 | by Red7EricSee all my reviews

Anyone who enjoys the catty, female-driven movies of old (All About Eve, The Women, et. al.) and bemoans the idea that they don't make 'em like they used to should see "Being Julia." Annette Bening is at her best when she's *not* playing saints, and while Julia isn't nearly as awful as the roles she played in "The Grifters" or "American Beauty," she's wicked enough to delight throughout (and vulnerable enough to garner sympathy).

Most of the reviews and award nominations associated with this film will likely heap loads of praise on Annette Bening and little else. She is in nearly every scene, so it's hard to separate her performance from anything else -- and while she is brilliant; the story, direction, costumes, cinematography, art direction, and supporting performances are equally worthy of praise.

Every once in a while, they make one like they used to.


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