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Venus (2006)

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Life for a pair of veteran actors gets turned upside down after they meet a brash teenager.

Director:

Roger Michell

Writer:

Hanif Kureishi
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... Maurice
Leslie Phillips ... Ian
Beatrice Savoretti Beatrice Savoretti ... Waitress
Philip Fox ... Doctor
Lolita Chakrabarti ... Health Centre Nurse
Carolina Giammetta ... Health Centre Nurse
Jodie Whittaker ... Jessie
Kellie Shirley ... Royal Court Actress
Ashley Madekwe ... Royal Court Actress
Ony Uhiara Ony Uhiara ... Royal Court Actress
Cathryn Bradshaw ... Jillian
Joanna Croll ... Hospital Drama Family
Liam McKenna Liam McKenna ... Hospital Drama Family
Meg Wynn Owen ... Hospital Drama Family (as Meg Wynn-Owen)
Sam Spruell ... Hospital Director
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Storyline

Maurice Russell, once a great actor, is now living in London in the twilight of his life. Those of his generation remember him fondly, while those in the younger generations have no idea who he is. He spends most of his time hanging out with his friends Ian, also an actor, and Donald, or visiting with his wife Valerie for who he has great affection but with who he no longer lives. His acting career is virtually over, he only taking roles on the odd occasion when he needs the money. Ian has decided to invite his young great-niece Jessie from the provinces to come and stay with him, basically to act as his caregiver in case he falls ill, but also to be his companion. He envisions listening to Bach with her and her cooking him food to which he is accustomed. Jessie's stay is nothing as he envisions. She doesn't know how to cook, she drinks all his alcohol, and she has unrealistic visions of what she will accomplish in her life. Maurice, however, sees in Jessie, a person who can help him ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

The most acclaimed actor of his generation in the role of a lifetime

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beнера See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,604, 24 December 2006

Gross USA:

$3,347,411

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,321,309
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jodie Whittaker's feature film debut, and one of her first on screen appearances. See more »

Goofs

In the newspaper fight scene in the restaurant, the waitress is seen about a foot behind Maurice as he is initially attacked. From the opposite camera angle, the waitress alternates between being missing or about ten feet away. See more »

Quotes

Ian: How's Valerie?
Maurice: Phoning my continuously with complaints.
Ian: You're her husband.
Maurice: Am I?
Ian: Yeah. You did one of your runners, if you remember.
Maurice: Did I? But I never wanted to be independent.
Ian: I love it.
Maurice: I am about to die and I know nothing about myself.
Ian: You have been loved, though, Maurice. You've been adored.
Maurice: Yes. And so have you, Ian, a little bit. Except you didn't always notice it.
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Connections

Featured in The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Véritable Prélude Flasques (pour un chien)
Composed by Erik Satie
Performed by Dave Hartley
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An Oscar for O'Toole? Beautiful, yet tragic
20 October 2006 | by Cathy-193See all my reviews

More Mother than Notting Hill. Peter O'Toole is brilliant -- creepy, lovable, objectionable and yet so vulnerable as the aging, forgotten actor in this "kind of makes you squirm in your seat" love/obsession story. I viewed it at the closing night of the Chicago International Film Festival. The tone and feel of the film places you squarely in Maurice's (O'Toole) gloomy, last chapter of life journey as well as Jesse's (Jodie Whittiker) bratty, just getting her own life started journey. Outstanding cinematography, score and music. Wonderfully haunting! V. Redgrave is terrific and beautiful. Oscar's all around for this funny, sometimes creepy, real look at two people finding each other at the most unexpected time in their lives.


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