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Woman in Gold (2015)

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Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.

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Simon Curtis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Maria Altmann
Ryan Reynolds ... Randy Schoenberg
Daniel Brühl ... Hubertus Czernin
Katie Holmes ... Pam Schoenberg
Tatiana Maslany ... Young Maria Altmann
Max Irons ... Fritz Altmann
Charles Dance ... Sherman
Antje Traue ... Adele Bloch-Bauer
Elizabeth McGovern ... Judge Florence Cooper
Jonathan Pryce ... Chief Justice Rehnquist
Frances Fisher ... Barbara Schoenberg
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Gustav Klimt
Tom Schilling ... Heinrich
Allan Corduner ... Gustav Bloch-Bauer
Henry Goodman ... Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer
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Storyline

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis. Written by Elyse J. Factor

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Justice is priceless See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and brief strong language. | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

10 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La dama de oro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,091,551, 5 April 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,305,037, 9 August 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,619,773, 31 December 2016
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Origin Pictures,BBC Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Director Simon Curtis is real-life husband of Downton Abbey actress, Elizabeth McGovern, who plays the judge in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Street signs are visible in some of the scenes set in Vienna in the late 1930s, but they are the post-war (blue with white font) signs, mostly long and rectangular; the pre-war signs have a white background with black font and are almost square-shaped. See more »

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Maria Altmann: They'll never admit to what they did, because if they admit to one thing, they'll have to admit to it all.
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Persuasion Theme
Written by Martin Phipps
Published by BDi Music Limited
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Uphill Crusade to Reclaim a Family Portrait--Beauty & Truth
7 April 2015 | by vsksSee all my reviews

In Woman in Gold, Helen Mirren, chameleon-like, inhabits the body and personality of Maria Altmann, niece and heir of a prominent Jewish family in pre-WWII Vienna. The family's best-known member today is Maria's aunt Adele, whose portrait Gustav Klimt painted in 1907. The painting was appropriated during the Nazi era and for many years hung in the Austrian state's famous Belvedere Gallery, as "the Mona Lisa of Vienna." After her sister's death, Maria finds correspondence suggesting the painting was perhaps not left to the government of Austria in her aunt's will, as it claimed, and therefore not rightfully Austrian property. She hires a family friend's son, Randol Schoenberg (played by Ryan Reynolds), a young down-on-his-luck Los Angeles attorney, to look into the matter. Schoenberg, grandson of the composer—another refugee from Nazified Austria—is out of touch with his family's past and slow to recognize the significance of Maria's quest. Initially unwilling to take on the case, he is gradually drawn into it. Their bureaucratic battles with stonewalling Austrian officials soon unite the pair, and they are joined by a crusading Austrian journalist, Hubertus Czernin. Formidable legal and bureaucratic hurdles stand in the way of Maria being reuniting with the painting—"When you look at this painting, you see a work of art," Marie tells a reunification commission, "I see my aunt." The story is another in a long line of mostly not happy stories of stolen art works in World War II, brought to renewed public awareness by movies and books like The Monuments Men and Pictures at an Exhibition. The opportunity to reunite beloved works of art and their owners is rapidly disappearing, yet this beautifully filmed movie, directed by Simon Curtis, shows the importance of continuing these efforts. Because this film is based on a true story, and I for one remembered how it ends, a certain inevitability about the outcome guides the plot. Perhaps this is what has caused reviewers (not me!) to find it dull, though they find the actors captivating. As a result of the strong positive audience reception, the film's distributor will greatly expand its national distribution. If you like stories that touch on beauty, truth, and justice, you will like it, too!


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