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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.

Director:

Joseph Cedar

Writer:

Joseph Cedar
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Israel | USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

14 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Norman See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$99,211, 14 April 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,810,812, 14 July 2017
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Color
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Trivia

Half of the film was shot in New York City and half of it in Jerusalem, Israel. The original poster for the movie showed the two main actors, Richard Gere and Lior Ashkenazi, standing back to back, with Gere in New York City and Ashkenazi in Jerusalem. See more »

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Norman Oppenheimer: There are two kinds of moguls: First kind is like a big ocean liner ship. Makes a lot of waves, a lot of noise, everybody sees it coming from miles away. Like Jo Wilf. I think your boss, Minister Maor, is actually... in his close circle of friends. of course. And then there is Arthur. Well, Arthur is more like a nuclear submarine. he's quiet, he's fast, he's young. Extremely sophisticated.
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References Exodus (1960) See more »

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Norman good movie but with some faults IMO
31 March 2017 | by lar_lefSee all my reviews

The movie "Norman" I would award 3 3/4 stars out of 5. Most of the movie was slow and repetitious. Norman's various meetings - especially the cameo ones-- could have been presented in a shorter version. What saved the movie, was the "4th Act", which was brilliant. I also thought the facial close-ups were overdone. As good as Gir was, I tired of this aspect, almost but not quite mugging. Of course the Israeli viewer can "enjoy" certain parallels to political corruption occurrences in the past- and maybe hints at the present "difficulties" of the present Prime Minister. If the movie had been shorter, it would have been better. It did mix nice satiric aspects with drama.


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