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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

Writer:

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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Storyline

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Eileen Atkins was considered for the part of Valerie, but she decided to do a play on Broadway instead, so Vanessa Redgrave got the part. See more »

Goofs

In the newspaper fight scene in the restaurant, the waitress is seen about a foot behind Maurice as he is initially attacked. From the opposite camera angle, the waitress alternates between being missing or about ten feet away. 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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Connections

Featured in The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Slavonic Dances Op. 72, No. 2 in E minor: Dumka (Allegretto grazioso)
Composed by Antonín Dvorák (as Antonin Dvorák)
Arranged by Jeremy Birchall
Performed by Abraxas String Ensemble
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At last an Oscar or O'Toole?
18 September 2006 | by skichalkSee all my reviews

A feel good movie that still leaves you feeling like you need a shower. Some uncomfortable scenes and a few directorial flaws (a speedy montage during a trip to the shore is particularly out of place) don't detract from solid acting from the cast as a whole and a brilliant performance by Peter O'Toole in particular. This strange take on the Pygmalion story is well supported by Jodie Wittaker as the title character and Leslie Phillips as the friend that everyone needs to either accompany you or drive you to the grave. But it is O'Toole's performance that makes this movie worth the price of a ticket. If he doesn't finally win an Oscar for this I might have to start fund-raising to buy him one.


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