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The Benefactor (2015)

TV-MA | | Drama | 15 January 2016 (USA)
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A philanthropist meddles in the lives of newly-married couples in an attempt to relive his past.

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Andrew Renzi

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Andrew Renzi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Franny
Dylan Baker ... Bobby
Cheryl Hines ... Mia
Dakota Fanning ... Olivia
Theo James ... Luke
Brian Anthony Wilson ... Jesse
Justin Goncalves Justin Goncalves ... Javier
Dennisha Pratt ... Sharon
Matthew Daisher ... Toby
Michael Daisher ... Toby
Roy James Wilson Roy James Wilson ... Charlie
Clarke Peters ... Dr. Romano
Robert Kelly Robert Kelly ... Older Man
Jeffrey Cousar Jeffrey Cousar ... Clerk
Matt Myers Matt Myers ... Bathroom Attendant
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A philanthropist meddles in the lives of newly-married couples in an attempt to relive his past.

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His help comes at a price.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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Franny See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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2.35 : 1
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Reunites Clarke Peters and Brian Anthony Wilson of The Wire (2002). See more »

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Hydromorphone is not morphine, as (Theo James) the physician referred to it. Hydromorphone is also known as Dilaudid. A physician should know that. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Franny: All I see are bedrooms and nurses stations here.
Bobby: Yeah, well, it's a hospital.
Franny: It's a children's hospital! It needs color.
Bobby: Come on.
Franny: Are we partners?
Bobby: Yeah.
Franny: Are we par... We *are* partners. I understand, and I get the whole thing. Your job is to cure these kids, my job's to make them feel better. We need animal stickers on the windows. We need sailboats hanging from the ceiling. We need fun things...
Mia: He's right. For once.
Bobby: Don't encourage him.
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Written by Chris Cosgrove and Dan Marcellus
Performed by Future People
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Decent acting but doesn't really go anywhere
28 November 2016 | by MattyGibbsSee all my reviews

The Benefactor is a small drama with a decent cast. Sometimes these kind of movies are really engrossing but unfortunately this one although not terrible isn't memorable.

Richard Gere plays a Philanthropist haunted by the death of his friends and wanting to relive his past and make amends at the same time. He therefore sets out to help his friends daughter and her new husband. Although Gere is a good actor his character in this film just comes across as unlikeable. This therefore stops any sympathy you have for him and effectively ends much interest in the film. I thought Theo James did a good job as the husband but Dakota Fanning is woefully under used.

At times this is mildly interesting so it wasn't a complete write off but towards the end it sags badly and the rushed ending is highly unsatisfactory.

Unless you're a huge fan of any of the actors I'd give this one a skip. This probably worth a 5 but I'll up it to a 6 just for the shock scene near the start.


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