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The Humbling (2014)

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A stage actor who is slowly losing his mind engages in a relationship with a sexually confused younger woman.

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writers:

Buck Henry (screenplay), Michal Zebede (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Simon
Greta Gerwig ... Pegeen
Nina Arianda ... Sybil
Charles Grodin ... Jerry
Mary Louise Wilson ... Mrs. Rutledge
Dan Hedaya ... Asa
Dianne Wiest ... Carol
Billy Porter ... Prince
Li Jun Li ... Tracy
Lance Roberts ... Walter
Kyra Sedgwick ... Louise
Victor Cruz ... Security Guard
Derrick Arthur ... Techie
Steve Rosen ... Stage Manager
Andrea Barnes ... Nurse
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Storyline

Simon is an aging actor who suffers from bouts of dementia. He is institutionalized after an incident during a Broadway play, then returns home, where he contemplates suicide in Hemingway style. When he embarks upon an affair with an ex-girlfriend's amoral bisexual daughter, Pegeen his world starts to fall apart. It ends on stage, with even Axler's audience and fellow actors unsure what's real and what's not. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Suicide is the role you write for yourself.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual material, language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2015 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$399,666
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Humbling is a 2014 comedy-drama film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Buck Henry and Michal Zebede. See more »

Quotes

Simon Axler: Three quarters of the things we do in life are mistakes!
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Connections

References Shane (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Circlesong 6
Performed By Bobby McFerrin
Written By Bobby McFerrin
Courtesy Of Sony Classical
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Great fun!
13 September 2014 | by george-kozeraSee all my reviews

What a shocker...Al Pacino INTENTIONALLY funny! Let's face it, when was the last time anyone couldn't wait to see him on the big screen, or anxiously await the next movie directed by Barry Levinson or written by Buck Henry? When the movie started, all actor-y and reeking in pretension, I started to regret my decision to shower and brave the crap weather to see it. Then, enter Greta Gerwig, the lesbian daughter of his friends who has wanted to seduce him since she was 8 and he was 40 and succeeds. Or does she, because Pacino's Skype conversations with his analyst mixes reality with imagination. Enter a psycho who is trying to get Pacino to shoot her husband, a black transgender male who used to be Gerwig's lesbian lover and Dianne Wiest as Gerwig's mother (hysterical performance) among others, that prolonged laughter in the theatre drowned out many funny lines unheard. My one quibble with this movie is that Buck Henry has lost his ear for writing dialogue for younger characters but this movie was a fabulous surprise. Highly recommended.


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