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Norman (2016)

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (original title)
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Norman Oppenheimer is a small time operator who befriends a young politician at a low point in his life. Three years later, when the politician becomes an influential world leader, Norman's life dramatically changes for better and worse.

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Joseph Cedar

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Joseph Cedar
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Norman Oppenheimer
Lior Ashkenazi ... Micha Eshel
Michael Sheen ... Phillip Cohen
Steve Buscemi ... Rabbi Blumenthal
Yehuda Almagor Yehuda Almagor ... Duby
Neta Riskin ... Hanna
Josh Charles ... Arthur Taub
Dan Stevens ... Bill Kavish
Harris Yulin ... Jo Wilf
Doval'e Glickman ... Ron Maor (as Dov Glickman)
Tali Sharon ... Naomi Eshel
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Alexandra (Alex) Green
Isaach De Bankolé ... Jacques (as Isaach De Bankole)
Miranda Bailey ... Taub's Assistant
D.C. Anderson ... Congressman Bob Easterly
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Norman Oppenheimer is the President of New York based Oppenheimer Strategies. His word-of-mouth business is consulting work largely in American-Israeli business and politics, that focus due to being Jewish. Most of that work is as a fixer: doing work that others don't want to do and with which they don't want to be officially associated. In reality, Norman is a shyster, and not a very good one at that. His office is comprised of his cell phone and whatever is stuffed in his satchel which is usually slung over his shoulder as he wanders the streets. What he promises is making connections, setting up a meeting between his guy and the other guy. Generally, "his guy" is non-existent, he dropping names of people he usually doesn't know to make connections. A usual tactic he uses is to say that his deceased wife was personally connected to so-and-so, such as being a babysitter, those stories always untrue. All he needs is for one of the people that he approaches to believe a story to build ... Written by Huggo

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He's an operator. He's an optimist. He's a mystery.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

First English-speaking feature film of writer-director Joseph Cedar. See more »

Quotes

Rabbi Blumenthal: People need to be willing to open their hearts... oh, and their wallets. God knows there's a lot of big wallets in this community.
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References Exodus (1960) See more »

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Tea With Alice
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White collar hustler dabs with politics = slow, political b.s. and very pointless.
12 July 2017 | by TopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

Washed up older white collar hustler dabs with politics = slow, political b.s. and very pointless, and I do mean pointless.

I was hoping for some big climax, and granted I got some interesting story line towards the last 20 mins of this film, but not worth the wait. I considered giving up watching this to the end at least 4x since the start.

The almost 2 hours of this film needed to be edited down to 1:20 mins.

I still gave it a 5/10 only due to the outstanding performances by Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenazi, Michael Sheen and Steve Buscemi as the Rabbi, who really wasn't meant for this role. Every time I see him, I expect comedy, and this wasn't his character.

The ending was bittersweet, but the build up towards it was very slow and dragged out.

If you're into politics, especially Israel/USA issues, and like the scenery of NYC, then you may find this more enjoyable.

Only the characters barely held my attention.

It's barely a 5/10 from me.


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Israel | USA

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Release Date:

9 March 2017 (Israel) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$99,211, 16 April 2017

Gross USA:

$3,814,868

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,217,567
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