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The Best Offer ()

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.

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Virgil Oldman
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Robert
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Claire Ibbetson
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Billy Whistler
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Fred
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Lambert
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Girl in the Bar
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Sarah
Caterina Capodilista ...
Young Woman
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Housekeeper
Klaus Tauber ...
Virgil's Assistant #1
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Virgil's Assistant #2
Laurence Belgrave ...
Virgil's Assistant #3
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Virgil's Assistant #4
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Barman
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Steirereck Maitre
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Steirereck Manager (as James Patrick Conway)
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First Daughter
Jacqueline Hopkins ...
Second Daughter
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Owner
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Mrs. Derain (as Ann Rita Davies)
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Showroom Manager
Anita Eberwein-Newrkla ...
Woman Head Restorer
Ami Veevers Chorlton ...
Passenger
Victoria Chapman ...
Jewelry Saleswoman
Wolfram Kremer ...
Merchant #1
Gerry Shanahan ...
Art Dealer #2
Katherine Wilson ...
Merchant #3
David Kevin Fells ...
Merchant #4
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London Auction Director
Luke Charles ...
Auction Assistant
Alison Adam ...
Gallery Owner #1
Melanie Gerren ...
Gallery Owner #2
Marcus J. Cotterell ...
Oldman Auction Client #1 (as Marcus J. Cotterel)
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Tall Gentleman
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Academy President (as Vernon Alexandre Dobtcheff)
Patricia Meglio ...
Museum Woman Director
Julian Curry ...
Notary
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First Expert
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Art Expert (as Katie Mc Govern)
Andrew Ross Phillips ...
Youth
Merlin Ramml ...
Young Man in the Bar
Elizabeth Anne Kaye ...
Professor
Gerhard Haller ...
Photographer
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Woman in Restaurant
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First Woman
Helen Hutchison ...
Second Woman
Margherita Pettarin ...
First Girl
Diana Pegan ...
Second Girl
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Terri
Shelagh Gallivan ...
First Nurse
Tara Elise Schlener ...
Second Nurse
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Real Estate Agent
Karel Mika ...
Waiter Night & Day
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Client London #1 (as Simone Spinazzè)
Elizabeth Kalton ...
Client #2
Diana Hobel ...
Client London #3
Rajeev Badhan ...
Virgil's London Assistant (as Rajeev Luigi Badhan)
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Manservant (uncredited) (voice)
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Dealer (uncredited)
Franco Moscon ...
Auction Room Guest (uncredited)

Directed by

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Giuseppe Tornatore

Written by

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Giuseppe Tornatore ... (story and screenplay)

Produced by

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Isabella Cocuzza ... producer
Guido De Laurentiis ... line producer
Arturo Paglia ... producer
Marco Patrizi ... associate producer
Enzo Sisti ... executive producer: pre-production

Music by

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Ennio Morricone

Cinematography by

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Fabio Zamarion ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Massimo Quaglia

Editorial Department

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Travis Abels ... trailer editor
Dario Di Vito ... post-production producer
Pamela Quaglia ... assistant editor
Monica Verzolini ... post-production coordinator

Casting By

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Reg Poerscout-Edgerton

Production Design by

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Maurizio Sabatini

Art Direction by

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Maurizio di Clemente
Andrea Di Palma

Set Decoration by

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Raffaella Giovannetti

Costume Design by

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Brioni ... (Geoffrey Rush's costumes)
Maurizio Millenotti

Makeup Department

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Stefano Ceccarelli ... key hair stylist
Giuseppe Desiato ... additional makeup artist
Luigi Rocchetti ... makeup department head
Domingo Santoro ... additional makeup artist / hair stylist
Matteo Silvi ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Jiri Husak ... unit manager: Czech Republic
Alice Marchitelli ... unit manager
Daniela Masciale ... production delegate
Erik Paoletti ... production manager: Wien
Federico Santangelo ... unit manager
Vincenzo Stabile ... unit manager
Andrea Tavani ... production manager: Trieste
Monica Verzolini ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Livio Bordone ... second unit director
Alberto Mangiante ... first assistant director
Barbara Pastrovich ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Alessia Anfuso ... assistant set decorator
Tommaso Dubla ... painter
Massimo Eleonori ... swing gang
Francesco Fonda ... buyer
Silvia Fontana ... graphic designer
Roberto Magagnini ... leadman
Antonio Murer ... prop stand-by
Sandro Piccarozzi ... assistant set decorator
Gianpaolo Rifino ... sketch artist
Valerio Romano ... CAD designer
Federico Vianelli ... set dresser

Sound Department

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Paolo Amici ... sound effects
Italo Cameracanna ... foley artist
Michele Gualdrini ... second sound re-recording mixer
Gilberto Martinelli ... sound
Michael Miller ... adr mixer
Daniele Quadroli ... sound effects editor
David Quadroli ... sound effects editor
Fabrizio Quadroli ... sound effects editor
Francesco Vallocchia ... dialogue editor

Special Effects by

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Stefano Corridori ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Laura Alba ... compositor
Daniele Aliberti ... visual effects artist
Francesca Baiardi ... visual effects coordinator
Paolo Bertoni ... compositor
Gilberto Birigozzi ... systems admistrator
Benedetta Cappelloni ... title designer
Ameleto Cascio ... compositor
Emiliano Colantoni ... compositor
Enrico De Palo ... compositor
Mauro Elefante ... digital intermediate technologist
Stefano Ferrera ... visual effects artist
Saul Galbiati ... compositor
Christian Gazzi ... digital color grading
Paolo Gerosa ... digital compositor
Paolo Gnoni ... modeler
Jacopo Landi ... compositor
Gianluca Lo Guasto ... digital compositor
Alice Locuratolo ... compositor
Simone Nobili ... digital intermediate producer
Giuliano Panaccio ... compositor
Alessio Pericò ... compositor
Guido Tognoni ... visual effects artist
Filippo Valsecchi ... compositor
Mario Zanot ... visual effects supervisor

Stunts

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Paolo Antonini ... stunts
Mauro Aversano ... precision driver
Arianna de Benedetti ... stunt double: Liya Kebede
Alessandro Gaudio ... stunts
Franco Maria Salamon ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Roberto Barbona ... dolly grip: a camera
Mauro Belli ... electrician
Alessandro Brambilla ... steadicam operator
Fabrizio Cucinotta ... digital workflow consultant
Lorenzo Di Nola ... data manager
Gian Claudio Giacomini ... focus puller: "b" camera
Massimiliano Kuveiller ... a camera focus puller
Fabrizio Margaroli ... additional data manager
Luca Martis ... electrician
Elis Pantarotto ... electrician
Emilio Quinzi ... grip
Stefano Scherato ... still photographer
Fabrizio Vicari ... camera operator
Davide Zanetti ... second assistant camera operator: "a" camera
Emanuele Zarlenga ... digital imaging technician

Casting Department

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Emma Callinan ... casting assistant
Lillie Jeffrey ... casting assistant
Antonella Perrucci ... extras casting
Arwa Salmanova ... casting director: Czech Republic

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Frieda Basso Boccabella ... personal dresser
Giovanni Casalnuovo ... assistant costumes designer
Sara D'Agostin ... additional set costumer
Enrica Iacoboni ... wardrobe assistant
Lena Trichtel ... costume assistant

Location Management

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Andreas Kispert ... assistant location manager: Austria
David Koranda ... location manager: Czech Republic
Edoardo Moracci ... location manager
Ulli Wimmer-Lamquet ... location manager: Austria (as Ulli Schiefer)

Music Department

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Tina Guo ... trailer composer
Pietro Milanesi ... assistant music engineer
Ray Armando Morabito ... trailer composer (as R. Armando Morabito)
Ennio Morricone ... arranger / conductor
Marco Serino ... musician: violin
Fabio Venturi ... score mixer

Transportation Department

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Paolo Bernardini ... driver
Fabio Crepaldi ... production driver
Mauro Merlino ... production driver
Michele Sardina ... transportation coordinator - trieste

Other crew

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Andrea Bancone ... production assistant
Valentina Bellomo ... production secretary assistant: Trieste
Livio Bordone ... backstage
Michel Burstein ... press attaché: France
Elide Cortesi ... script supervisor
Francesca Daccico ... production secretary
Bernardo Galli ... production accountant assistant
Nicoletta Grillo ... payroll: accountant
Mara Monachini ... cassiere
Massimo Monachini ... production controller
Mauro Monachini ... financial controller
Karl-Stephan Paulet ... CEO Umedia Benelux distribution
Andrea Piria ... production accountant
Luke Randolph ... completion guarantor: for International Film Guarantors
Carolina Rubino ... production secretary
Christina Stadler ... assistant crowd control: Austria
Cinzia Taffani ... production coordinator
Antonia Tammaro ... production accountant
Ruben Aram Ter-Akopow ... production assistant
Mark Thompson-Ashworth ... dialogue coach
Katharina Würthner ... transportation coordinator
Marco Ferreri ... crowd marshall (uncredited)
Huma Khan ... director legal post production (uncredited)

Thanks

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Giorgio Armani ... thanks
Roberta Armani ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines A master of possession. A crime of obsession. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Best Offer (United States)
  • The Best Offer (World-wide, English title)
  • Deception (United Kingdom)
  • The Best Offer (France)
  • The Best Offer - Das höchste Gebot (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 131 min
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Box Office

Budget EUR13,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend Italy EUR1,909,972, 06 Jan 2013
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $19,255,873, 18 Jan 2014

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Trivia Several works of art are shown during the movie. The painting that gets restored is "Portrait of a Young Girl" (ca. 1470) by Petrus Christus. Among the works studied by Oldman there is also "Birth of Venus" (1879) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau. Among the female portraits in his collection, one can spot: "Portrait of a Young Woman (La Fornarina)" (ca. 1519) and "Portrait of a Young Woman (La Muta)" (1507) by Raphael, "Violante" (ca. 1515), "La Bella" (1536) and "Portrait of Eleonora Gonzaga Della Rovere" (ca. 1538) by Titian, "Portrait of Eleaonor of Toledo and Her Son" (1545) and "Portrait of Lucrezia Panciatichi" (1541) by Bronzino, "Portrait of Caterina Sforza" (ca. 1490) by Lorenzo di Credi, "Zingarella" (1505) by Boccaccio Boccaccino, "Portarit of Lucretia Borgia" (ca. 1510) by Bartolomeo Veneziano, "Portrait of Lucina Brembati" (1518) by Lorenzo Lotto, "Lady with a Book of Petrarch's Rhyme" (ca. 1528) by Andrea del Sarto, "Portrait of Bianca Cappello" (ca. 1572) by Alessandro Allori, "Portrait of Elspeth Tucher" (1499) by Albrecht Dürer, "Salomè" (1510) by Lucas Cranach the Elder, "Portrait of Minerva Anguissola" (ca. 1570) by Sofonisba Anguissola, "Self-Portrait" (1580) by Marietta Robusti, "Girl with a Burning Candle" (ca. 1706) by Gottfried Schalken, "Portrait of Beatrice Cenci" (1599) and "Portrait of the Mother" (ca. 1620) by Guido Reni, "Self-Portrait" and "Portrait of Old Dame" by Rosalba Carriera, "Self-Portrait with Harp" (1750) by Rose-Adelaide Ducreux, "Portrait of Delphine Ingres-Ramel" (1859) and "Portrait of Madame Aymon" (1806) by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, "Joli Coeur" (1867) and "Woman in the Window" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and "Jeanne Samary in a Low-Necked Dress (La Rêverie)" (1877) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. There are also works of Pieter Paul Rubens, Francisco Goya, Élisabeth Vigée-Le Brun, Amedeo Modigliani and Morgan Weistling. 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 »
Movie Connections Referenced in Fargo, Charlot y Casablanca (2013). 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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