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The Best Offer (2013)

La migliore offerta (original title)
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A lonely art expert working for a mysterious and reclusive heiress finds not only her art worth examining.

Director:

Giuseppe Tornatore

Writer:

Giuseppe Tornatore (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geoffrey Rush ... Virgil Oldman
Jim Sturgess ... Robert
Sylvia Hoeks ... Claire Ibbetson
Donald Sutherland ... Billy Whistler
Philip Jackson ... Fred
Dermot Crowley ... Lambert
Kiruna Stamell ... Girl in the Bar
Liya Kebede ... Sarah
Caterina Capodilista Caterina Capodilista ... Young Woman
Gen Seto ... Housekeeper
Klaus Tauber Klaus Tauber ... Virgil's Assistant #1
Maximilian Dirr ... Virgil's Assistant #2
Laurence Belgrave ... Virgil's Assistant #3
Sean Buchanan ... Virgil's Assistant #4
John Benfield ... Barman
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Storyline

In the world of high-end art auctions and antiques, Virgil Oldman is an elderly and esteemed but eccentric genius art-expert, known and appreciated by the world. Oldman is hired by a solitary young heiress, Claire Ibbetson, to auction off the large collection of art and antiques left to her by her parents. For some reason, Claire always refuses to be seen in person. Robert aids Oldman in restoring and reassembling some odd mechanical parts he finds amongst Claire's belongings, while also giving him advice on how to befriend her and deal with his feelings towards her. Also a friend of Oldman, Billy Whistler helps him to acquire a secret private collection of master paintings. Written by Nebzyl

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A master of possession. A crime of obsession. See more »


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Rated R for some sexuality and graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Best Offer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€1,909,972 (Italy), 6 January 2013, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,595, 3 January 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$85,433, 9 March 2014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,255,873, 18 January 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The restaurant in Prague is "Restaurace u milosrdnych" at the crossing of "U Milosrdnych" and "Kozi" in the center of the town See more »

Goofs

As Virgil passes through the glass-pane door of Night and Day café almost at the end of the movie, there is a sticker on the glass pane of the door which read "Pivnice U milosrdných" - the original Czech name of that pub. See more »

Quotes

Billy Whistler: I wouldn't be so sure if I were you. Human emotions are like works of art. They can be forged. They seem just like the original, but they are a forgery.
Virgil Oldman: Forgery?
Billy Whistler: Everything can be faked, Virgil. Joy, pain, hate... illness, recovery. Even love.
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References Cinema Paradiso (1988) See more »

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My favorite 2013 movie! A precious gem by a magnificent Rush!
18 June 2013 | by EddieRadeSee all my reviews

This is, by far, my most favorite movie of this year! I've always been a Geoffrey Rush fan, but in this movie, I've seen a very special Rush who, by the way his on screen persona goes thru a life changing metamorphosis, creates a real, day-to-day living among us man with real life personal fears, heartbreaking disillusions and self rediscovering. He makes us care for the very rigid and robotic Virgil Oldman in a way that surprises the senses. He is, in the beginning, a character who most people would find repelling by his uncomfortable attitude and bossy ways. But, as the movie proceeds, he is changed by this peculiar and frightful young woman who has a way of bringing him up, and crushing him down within minutes in their dialog. I must say that director Tornatore wrote this amazingly beautiful story with a golden pencil, I'm sure. This is not another love story. It's a life story, set in the world of Arts, where there's more to discover behind the colors of paintings and the still faces of sculptures than meets the eye. As the movie comes to an end, you will face a difficult task: to be thankful that such a story made it to the big screen, or to desire that it would've remain only in the writer's mind and heart. I give it a full 10, with no regrets. Awaiting more from Tornatore-Rush team! They get along pretty well I see.


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