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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.



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





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Barney Panofsky
... Solange
... Constable O'Malley of the North
... O'Malley Director #1
... T / U Productions Executive #1
David Pryde ... T / U Productions Executive #2
... Bartender at Grumpy's
... Detective O'Hearne
... Boogie
Marica Pellegrinelli ... 'The Countess'
... Leo
... Cedric
... Clara 'Chambers' Charnofsky
Domenico Minutoli ... Judge at Rome Wedding
Massimo Wertmüller ... Rome Doctor (as Massimo Wertmuller)


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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First he got married. Then he got married again. Then he met the love of his life.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

18 February 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Minha Versão do Amor  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

CAD 77,216 (Canada), 26 December 2010

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,241, 16 January 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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In development for 12 years. See more »


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


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Written and performed by Jaymay
Licensed by arrangement with Jaymay Songs (SESAC)
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Movie about "life"?
26 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

Let's say you are not Canadian. Or Jewish. Then how are you entertained by the movie? Alternatively, how do you explain that Giamatti won the Golden Globe for a COMEDY? To me, the film is overlong, depressing, and devoid of entertainment. The acting is a dissonance. Dustin Hoffman is trying to be lovable Dustin Hoffman and to take over every scene he is in. Minnie Driver is fine but her character supposedly did her master's at McGill and shows nothing of the sort. Actress portraying 3d wife/"love of entire life" does not do any acting, and Giammatti is forced to overact (I actually think he is brilliant in showing the aging of the character through the physical cues, but watching one scene after another of drinking/smoking/doing something idiotic gets tiring after awhile).

I do not join the criticisms along the lines "how did all these women fell for this guy?"--it happens, women like to be pursued and do not necessarily fall for Apollonic beauty or Emily Post table manners. I have not read the book, so can't really comment on faithfulness of the movie, but I do think the title is unfortunate (i.e. something works fine for the way the book is structured but not here).

Thumbs down. Unless you are Jewish Canadian.

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