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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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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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Storyline

An aged philanthropist reunites with the pregnant daughter of his close friends who tragically died in an accident that he feels responsible for causing. His inner demons have driven him to abuse drugs which causes the reunion to become strained between the daughter and her husband. His story is told through flashbacks to the day of the tragic accident.

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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 »

Also Known As:

Franny See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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$2,159,380
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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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The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore
Written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio
Performed by The Walker Brothers
Courtesy of Island Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Somewhat Uncomfortable
21 March 2016 | by brutzelSee all my reviews

The Benefactor, Franny Watts, (Richard Gere) meddles in the lives of Olivia (Dakota Fanning) and Luke (Theo James) who are expecting their first baby. Olivia was the daughter of Franny's best friends who were killed in an auto accident. Olivia does not know that Franny caused the accident her parents were in. Franny is hooked on pain killers (from the accident) and needs more meds that he hopes Luke, a doctor, will prescribe for him. Everything about Franny is quid pro quo.

Every story has a beginning, a middle and an ending or it should have. Here we are in the middle with flashbacks to the beginning and it stays in the middle . Franny goes out of control as he needs meds no one will give him any more and he needs to go into rehab and he is not willing to do that. We are stuck in this middle as Franny is.

Before we learn what was just mentioned above we got the feeling this may be quite an uncomfortable movie with the possibility of Franny making moves on Olivia who is many years his junior. That doesn't happen, but that was our take early on as we were squirming every which way on the couch hoping that didn't happen.

We got the feeling that much of the story was not told. Hence we are in the middle of the story with no resolution in sight. All this causes us to wonder why this movie was made in the first place. Of course we can read into the last scene and make up the ending, but would we be right? Hmmmmm………

The acting all around was good, but it needed a story resolution to make everything complete. (5/10)

Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: Yes.


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