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Barney's Version (2010)

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The picaresque and touching story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky.

Director:

Richard J. Lewis

Writers:

Mordecai Richler (novel), Michael Konyves (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Giamatti ... Barney Panofsky
Macha Grenon ... Solange
Paul Gross ... Constable O'Malley of the North
Atom Egoyan ... O'Malley Director #1
Mark Camacho ... T / U Productions Executive #1
David Pryde David Pryde ... T / U Productions Executive #2
Paula Jean Hixson ... Bartender at Grumpy's
Mark Addy ... Detective O'Hearne
Scott Speedman ... Boogie
Marica Pellegrinelli ... 'The Countess'
Thomas Trabacchi ... Leo
Clé Bennett ... Cedric
Rachelle Lefevre ... Clara 'Chambers' Charnofsky
Domenico Minutoli Domenico Minutoli ... Judge at Rome Wedding
Massimo Wertmüller Massimo Wertmüller ... Rome Doctor (as Massimo Wertmuller)
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Storyline

Take a ride through the life and memories of Barney Panofsky, a hard-drinking, cigar-smoking, foulmouthed 65-year old hockey fanatic and television producer, as he reflects on his life's successes and (numerous) gaffes and failures as the final chapters of his own existence come sharply into focus. Written by Production

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Taglines:

The true story of a man's life depends on who tells it. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Four noted Canadian film directors make cameo appearances in the film. We see Atom Egoyan as a director of O'Malley of the North, Ted Kotcheff as the conductor on the train, David Cronenberg as another of O'Malley's directors, and Denys Arcand as the head waiter at the Ritz, and, although better known for their acting, Paul Gross and Saul Rubinek are also movie directors. See more »

Goofs

Miriam places a stone on Barney's gravestone overlooking downtown Montreal. Barney bought a plot in the Mount Royal Cemetery which is on the north side of Mount Royal while the city is on the south side and so not visible from the grave site. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Blair: Hello?
Barney Panofsky: Blair, I'd like to speak with my wife.
Blair: Oh, Barney, it's 3:00 in the morning.
Barney Panofsky: Put my wife on the phone.
Blair: She's not your wife and I'm not waking her.
Barney Panofsky: All right. Well, then just ask her what she wants me to do with all these nude photos I have of her. Ah, come to think of it, you actually might want them, if only to see what Miriam looked like in her prime.
Blair: [hangs up]
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Connections

Featured in The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Way You Look Tonight
(uncredited)
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald, Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra
Written By Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern
(P) 1963 The Verve Music Group
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Barneys' Version cuts to the core of man's foibles and strivings
1 February 2011 | by michael-herskovitzSee all my reviews

The movie moved me through it's no holds barred view of Barney's life. We see his imperfections and self-inflicted wounds even as he tries to build a life and family with his true love. Paul Giamatti wonderfully portrays a life though the stages from youthful and idealistic 20's through the difficulties of aging and confronting death. If you want to give yourself a chance to be introspective about your own path and the choices you've made in the various parts of your life you'll find this movie to be very moving. It is a movie that the 50+ crowd will find to be meaningful and honest. There is a lot to dislike about Barney and the way he has hurt others, yet there is a good heart underneath it all (as he yet fulfills the adage of being his own worst enemy). This was a wonderful movie, now I'm looking forward to reading the book and then seeing it again.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Italy | Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barney's Version See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,241, 16 January 2011

Gross USA:

$4,439,201

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,106,921
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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