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Life for a pair of veteran actors gets turned upside down after they meet a brash teenager.

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Roger Michell

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Hanif Kureishi
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... Maurice
Leslie Phillips ... Ian
Beatrice Savoretti Beatrice Savoretti ... Waitress
Philip Fox Philip Fox ... Doctor
Lolita Chakrabarti ... Health Centre Nurse
Carolina Giammetta ... Health Centre Nurse
Jodie Whittaker ... Jessie
Kellie Shirley ... Royal Court Actress
Ashley Madekwe ... Royal Court Actress
Ony Uhiara Ony Uhiara ... Royal Court Actress
Cathryn Bradshaw ... Jillian
Joanna Croll ... Hospital Drama Family
Liam McKenna Liam McKenna ... Hospital Drama Family
Meg Wynn Owen ... Hospital Drama Family (as Meg Wynn-Owen)
Sam Spruell ... Hospital Director
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Maurice Russell, once a great actor, is now living in London in the twilight of his life. Those of his generation remember him fondly, while those in the younger generations have no idea who he is. He spends most of his time hanging out with his friends Ian, also an actor, and Donald, or visiting with his wife Valerie for who he has great affection but with who he no longer lives. His acting career is virtually over, he only taking roles on the odd occasion when he needs the money. Ian has decided to invite his young great-niece Jessie from the provinces to come and stay with him, basically to act as his caregiver in case he falls ill, but also to be his companion. He envisions listening to Bach with her and her cooking him food to which he is accustomed. Jessie's stay is nothing as he envisions. She doesn't know how to cook, she drinks all his alcohol, and she has unrealistic visions of what she will accomplish in her life. Maurice, however, sees in Jessie, a person who can help him ... Written by Huggo

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The most acclaimed actor of his generation in the role of a lifetime

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beнера See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£317,426 (United Kingdom), 28 January 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,871, 24 December 2006

Gross USA:

$3,343,528, 6 April 2007
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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The plaque in the church commemorates actor Richard Beckinsale, father of Kate, who died extremely young at the height of his career. See more »

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Maurice needs glasses to read, so it's assumed that his sight is poor. It's impossible for him to see that Jessie's new boyfriend has the same tattoo she's having done, being him across the street from the tattoo parlor. See more »

Quotes

Maurice: You were a good mother. I rather left you holding the baby, didn't I?
Valerie: You did do that. Three children under six, to be exact.
Maurice: I can see it must have been inconvenient.
Valerie: That you put your own pleasure first?
Maurice: I did love you. For a time. And for the rest of the time, I was fond of you.
Valerie: Please, no. No, don't
Maurice: More than fond of you.
Valerie: You don't have to. I don't want it.
Maurice: It's my goodbye to you.
Valerie: Why, where are you going?
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References Life of Brian (1979) See more »

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The Hollyoaks Theme
Composed & Performed by Gordon Higgins & Steve Wright
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Peter O'Toole falls in love with 20 year old
8 September 2006 | by wiggumpdSee all my reviews

Peter O'Toole, as a great actor, has a certain transcendent charisma that has not diminished with age. It is well worth it to see this movie just for him. The life affirming message implicit in his brilliance preserved in old age goes well with the main theme of the film itself, which is the perseverance of vitality in the elderly.

The movie is a black comedy, and achieves both the blackness and the comedy perfectly. A scene where O'Toole accidentally barges into a room where his young love interest is modeling nude (while trying to spy on her)is especially hilarious. And his attempts to deal with catheter troubles are darkly hilarious. The movie is a poignant portrait of old age and an uplifting story of young love.


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