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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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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 20 nominations.
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Maurice
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Ian
Beatrice Savoretti ...
Waitress
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Doctor
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Health Centre Nurse
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Health Centre Nurse
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Jessie
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Royal Court Actress
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Royal Court Actress
Ony Uhiara ...
Royal Court Actress
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Jillian
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Hospital Drama Family
Liam McKenna ...
Hospital Drama Family
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Hospital Drama Family (as Meg Wynn-Owen)
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Hospital Director
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Hospital Runner
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Valerie
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Donald
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Art School Teacher
Emma Buckley ...
Shop Assistant
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Hospital Nurse
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Hospital Nurse
Daniel Cerqueira ...
Surgeon
Sam Kenyon ...
Period Film Protégé
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Period Film Lover
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Period Film Lover
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Period Film Director
Piers Harrisson ...
Film Runner
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Jessie's Boyfriend
Tim Faraday ...
Policeman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Didier Dell Benjamin ...
Clubber (uncredited)
Naresh Bhana ...
Tattoo artist (uncredited)
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Clubber (uncredited)
Garry Marriott ...
Paramedic (uncredited)
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Charles (uncredited)
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Mourner (uncredited)

Directed by

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Roger Michell

Written by

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Hanif Kureishi ... (written by)

Produced by

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Miles Ketley ... executive producer
Kevin Loader ... producer
Charles Moore ... executive producer
Rosa Romero ... line producer
Tessa Ross ... executive producer
Scott Rudin ... executive producer

Cinematography by

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Haris Zambarloukos ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Nicolas Gaster

Editorial Department

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Stephen Bearman ... digital film scanning
John Claude ... digital colorist
Kim Gaster ... associate film editor
Paul Shore ... digital conform
Greg Barrett ... senior digital grade producer (uncredited)

Casting By

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Fiona Weir

Production Design by

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John Paul Kelly ... (as John-Paul Kelly)

Art Direction by

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Emma MacDevitt ... (as Emma Mac-Devitt)

Set Decoration by

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Sophie Phillips

Costume Design by

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Natalie Ward

Makeup Department

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Nana Fischer ... hair artist / makeup artist
Daniel Phillips ... hair designer / makeup designer

Production Management

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Alistair Hopkins ... post-production supervisor
Fiona Morham ... head of production: UK Film Council
Gerardine O'Flynn ... production manager: FilmFour
Josh Yudkin ... unit manager
Sean Cooney ... post-production executive (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Dan Channing Williams ... third assistant director
Jessica Hurles-Laws ... second assistant director (as Jessica Hurles)
Barrie McCulloch ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Rob Anderson ... construction manager
David Calitz ... carpenter
David Chettleborough ... carpenter (as Dave Chettleborough)
James Fennessy ... H o d secnic panter
John Folly ... carpenter
Kate Halsall ... art department assistant
Katy Harvey ... standby art director
Clare Holland ... scenic painter
Springer Horrill ... prop master (as David 'Springer' Horrill)
Guy Hunt ... standby construction
Roger Kiff ... carpenter
Shay Leonard ... prop hand
Gert Rademeyer ... carpenter
Sui Rajakaruna ... assistant art director
Lance Smith ... head of painting
Peter Taylor ... carpenter (as Pete Taylor)
Penny White ... dressing props
Steve Wilson ... carpenter
Peter Woods ... dressing props
Jackie Yau ... prop buyer
Tony Statham ... sign painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Tim Alban ... re-recording mixer
Christopher Atkinson ... sound assistant (as Chris Atkinson)
Nick Baldock ... sound effects editor
Peter Baldock ... supervising sound editor
Ben Carr ... assistant sound editor
Adele Fletcher ... assistant dialogue editor
Danny Hambrook ... sound recordist
James Hamilton ... foley supervisor
Adam Laschinger ... production sound maintenance
Jessie Taylor ... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Chris Treble ... foley editor
Adele Fletcher ... adr editor (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins ... layback sound mixer (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Ben Bradley ... digital artist
Stephen Elson ... visual effects producer
Garrett Honn ... digital compositor
Per Karefelt ... digital compositor
Donal Nolan ... digital compositor
Tristan Porter ... digital compositor
Petra Schwane ... digital compositor
Val Wardlaw ... visual effects supervisor
Per Karefelt ... r&d support: Baseblack (uncredited)
John Kozak ... r&d support: Baseblack (uncredited)
Chris Panton ... digital compositor: Baseblack (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Simon Baker ... camera operator: "a" camera/steadicam
Tony Byrne ... clapper loader: "b" camera
Emmet Cahill ... grip
Tristam Cones ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Alex Crowe ... camera trainee (as Alexander Crowe)
Nicola Dove ... stills photographer
Hamish Doyne-Ditmas ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Brian Fawcett ... electrician / lighting trainee
Sally Low ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Dan Lowe ... rigging gaffer
Iain MacKay ... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Iain Mackay)
Nathan Matthews ... additional electrician
Jem Morton ... key grip
Luke Redgrave ... camera operator: "b" camera
Lewis Ronald ... video assist
Tony Rowland ... grip: "b" camera
Ricky Stelling ... rigger
Nick Wall ... additional stills
Julian White ... chief lighting technician
Matt Wilson ... electrician
Jessie Eastland ... additional photography (uncredited)
Jay Handscomb ... standby rigger (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Vanessa Baker ... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Brendan Donnison ... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Alice Searby ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Martin Chitty ... costume assistant
Charlotte Sewell ... additional costume assistant
Tamsin Wright ... wardrobe mistress
Yvonne Otzen ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Jonah Coombes ... location manager
Rodney De Winter ... location security (as Rod Dewinter)
Danny Heffermen ... location security
Vinnie Jassal ... location assistant
Asha Sharma ... location assistant
Anthony Stagles ... location security (as Ant Stagles)
Shane Stanfield ... location security

Music Department

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David Arnold ... composer: additional music / musician: additional bass guitars/keyboards / score producer
Steve Chrisanthou ... producer: Idle Studio
Jake Jackson ... assistant music engineer
Steve Orchard ... score mixer / score recordist
Rob Playford ... music technician
Corinne Bailey Rae ... composer: additional music
Emily Rogers Swanson ... music editor (as Emily Rogers)
Craig Braginsky ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Rob Playford ... music programmer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Sue Hills ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Douigie Andrews ... driver: camera car
Gavin Bolton ... driver: minibus
Paul Brennan ... driver
Karl Caffrey ... driver
Mark Clancy ... driver: minibus
Tim Hambley ... driver: minibus
Phil Mallot ... driver: Ms. Redgrave (as Phil Mallett)
Mickey McKenna ... driver: minibus (as Mickey Mckenna)
John Ott ... driver: grip
Bob Parker ... driver
Johnny Scotty ... driver: minibus
Brian Tame ... driver: props
Lewis Wakefield ... driver: minibus
Ron Wheeler ... driver: minibus
Paul Wise ... driver: minibus
Carmen Saccone ... driver: catering (uncredited)

Other crew

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Luis Miguel Antunes ... catering assistant (as Miguel Antunes)
Joanna Bacon ... unit nurse
Paul Brennan ... runner
Colin Burrows ... electronic press kit producer
Karl Caffrey ... runner
Sally Caplan ... head of premiere fund: UK Film Council
Roger Contina ... catering assistant
Chris Cullum ... health & safety officer
Matt Curtis ... titles designer (as Matt Curtis AP)
Graham Easton ... completion bond: Film Finances
Will Evans ... head of business affairs: UK Film Council
Synnove Godeseth ... trainee: FT2 (as Synnöve Godeseth)
Paul Grindey ... business affairs: FilmFour
Michael Groom ... production assistant
Vince Holden ... head of production finance: UK Film Council
Nick Hussey ... aide-de-camp: Mr O'Toole
Josh Hyams ... production co-coordinator
Chris Irvine ... business affairs: FilmFour
Steve Joberns ... auditor: Shipleys LLP
Tracey Josephs ... head of production: FilmFour
Michael J. Luisi ... business affairs: Miramax Films (as Michael Luisi)
Leila McAlister ... caterer
Charles McDonald ... unit publicity
Peter McPartlin ... business affairs: Miramax Films
Liz Miller ... unit publicity
Jamie Newton ... electronic press kit director
Clive Noakes ... laboratory contact
Kevin O'Shea ... insurance: AON/Albert G Ruden
Bob Parker ... runner
Lewis Partovi ... IT support
Shreepali Patel ... electronic press kit director
Rose Pomeroy ... catering assistant
Mike Reaney ... assistant production co-ordinator
Megan Roberts ... floor runner
Javier Rodiguez ... catering assistant
Alexander Ross ... production legal services: Wiggin LLP
Carmen Saccone ... catering assistant
Matthew Sanders ... unit publicity
Simon Shepard ... physiotherapist
Guy Sheppard ... production legal services: Wiggin LLP
Tracey Taylor ... assistant production accountant
Sarah Teboul ... production accountant
Peter Touche ... unspecified: Ingenious Media
Lucy Villiers ... assistant: Mr O'Toole
Lisa Williams ... assistant to producer
Lesley Wise ... unspecified: Ingenious Media
Joy Wong ... international head: The Works
David Groom ... production runner: dailies (uncredited)
Richard Neale ... 24 frame playback technician: CompuHire (uncredited)
Jeremy Pelzer ... managing director: studio (uncredited)
Simon Petley-Jones ... tv playback (uncredited)

Thanks

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Rosemary Allan ... acknowledgement: Pembrokeshire Beach painting by
Eleanor Brooks ... acknowledgement: Valerie's paintings by
Gary Davies ... thanks
Mr. Dometakis ... thanks
Kristin Jones ... thanks
Patrick McEnallay ... thanks (as Pat McEnallay)
Bob Miller ... thanks
Louise Seymour ... thanks
Hugh Whittaker ... thanks
Esme Young ... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 recapture part of his youth and vigor, including more fully realizing his thoughts of sex. Maurice calls her Venus, after one of his favorite paintings. As Maurice and Jessie spend more time together, they use each other to get what they want. But it isn't until Maurice approaches the end of his life will either understand if what they have is true friendship. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Венера (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Vénus (Canada, French title)
  • Venera (Croatia)
  • ヴィーナス (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Vénusz (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 95 min
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Budget GBP3,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP317,426, 28 Jan 2007

Did You Know?

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Trivia This marked Peter O'Toole's eighth and final nomination for a Best Actor Academy Award. The first was for Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 44 years earlier. He lost every time and therefore holds the record for the most Academy Award acting nominations without a win. However, received an honorary Oscar for his lifetime work in 2002. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2007). See more »
Soundtracks The Hollyoaks Theme See more »
Quotes Maurice: This other man, the other man who loved you, was he not kind to you?
Jessie: He was kind, for a time. He promised me things. He bought me stuff. We had champagne and there were roses.
Maurice: Then you got pregnant.
Jessie: Does everyone know?
Maurice: It's happened to girls before.
Jessie: Then... then he stopped being kind. He went the other way. A long way that way. He were engaged. I didn't know. It wasn't a miscarriage. My mum called it that. It were an abortion. And she made me.
Maurice: Terrible.
Jessie: Yeah. Yeah.
Maurice: "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, and summer's lease hath all too short a date: sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, and often is his gold completion dimm'd, and every fair from fair sometime declines, by chance, or nature's changing course untrimm'd, but thy eternal summer shall not fade, nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st, nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade, when in eternal lines to time thou grow'st, so long as men can breathe, and eyes can see, so long lives this, and this gives life to thee."
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