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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:

$101,126, 17 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,739,049, 3 April 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Miranda Richardson was originally attached to play Julia Lambert. See more »

Goofs

When Julia visits Tom's flat the first time, he stands back to let her go up the stairs first. When we see them climbing the stairs, he is now in front, and again stops and lets her go in front of him to enter the flat. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Turnbull: I'm sorry about the photo, it won't happen again.
Julia Lambert: [blissfully] I FORGIVE YOU!
[Julia passionately kisses Mr. Turnbull before running off]
Mr. Turnbull: [shocked] What's WRONG with her...?
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Connections

Referenced in Maltin on Movies: Awards Special 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

They Didn't Believe Me
Written by Jerome Kern and Herbert Reynolds
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Denzel Sinclaire (as Denzal Sinclaire)
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Yes, Julia there is a life after menopause!
30 October 2004 | by candyjanSee all my reviews

When was the last time you left a movie smiling and laughing? The audience in the theatre last night were positively bubbly as the final credits rolled. What a welcome relief this movie is, coming at the end of a season of "outrage fatigue" brought on by all the political documentaries. It was lovely, sparkling, wicked, subtle, fun, and definitely an Oscar for Annette Bening. The cast was wonderful, and I must mention Michael Gambon, one of my favorite actors, who was just perfect as the drama teacher/director from the past -- who, though long deceased, was still coaching Julia from the wings. And best of all, this movie really captures in a delightful way, with not a trace of bathos, the joys, pains and ultimate triumph of "women of a certain age."


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