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Barney's Version (2010)

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The picaresque and touching story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky.

Director:

Richard J. Lewis

Writers:

Mordecai Richler (novel), Michael Konyves (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Giamatti ... Barney Panofsky
Macha Grenon ... Solange
Paul Gross ... Constable O'Malley of the North
Atom Egoyan ... O'Malley Director #1
Mark Camacho ... T / U Productions Executive #1
David Pryde David Pryde ... T / U Productions Executive #2
Paula Jean Hixson ... Bartender at Grumpy's
Mark Addy ... Detective O'Hearne
Scott Speedman ... Boogie
Marica Pellegrinelli ... 'The Countess'
Thomas Trabacchi ... Leo
Clé Bennett ... Cedric
Rachelle Lefevre ... Clara 'Chambers' Charnofsky
Domenico Minutoli Domenico Minutoli ... Judge at Rome Wedding
Massimo Wertmüller Massimo Wertmüller ... Rome Doctor (as Massimo Wertmuller)
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Storyline

Take a ride through the life and memories of Barney Panofsky, a hard-drinking, cigar-smoking, foulmouthed 65-year old hockey fanatic and television producer, as he reflects on his life's successes and (numerous) gaffes and failures as the final chapters of his own existence come sharply into focus. Written by Production

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Taglines:

The true story of a man's life depends on who tells it. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Italy | Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Minha Versão do Amor See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,241, 16 January 2011

Gross USA:

$4,439,201

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,457,613
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dustin Hoffman and Paul Giamatti appeared in Confidence (2003). See more »

Goofs

In Rome many of the road signs are clearly from today. The two small format ones at the corner of Via Condotti and Piazza di Spagna are an example. Also the out of focus no parking signs on the doors of many buildings are clearly of the most recent kind. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Blair: Hello?
Barney Panofsky: Blair, I'd like to speak with my wife.
Blair: Oh, Barney, it's 3:00 in the morning.
Barney Panofsky: Put my wife on the phone.
Blair: She's not your wife and I'm not waking her.
Barney Panofsky: All right. Well, then just ask her what she wants me to do with all these nude photos I have of her. Ah, come to think of it, you actually might want them, if only to see what Miriam looked like in her prime.
Blair: [hangs up]
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Connections

References Chaos and Desire (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Deb Sombo
Written by Jimmy McGriff
Performed by Jimmy McGriff
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
Used by permission of EMI UNART CATALOG INC.
All rights reserved
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Another great performance from Giamatti.
8 May 2011 | by Matt_LaydenSee all my reviews

Barney is and old and lonely man. A new book is coming out that highlights certain details he wishes to keep secret. He reflects on his life and falling in love on his wedding day...with another woman.

Barney's Version is a Canadian film that feels American. I can't really describe it any other way, it feels like an American film, mostly because it's not a documentary or directed by Paul Gross. That alone gets points in my book, are we as a country finally getting things right in the movie making business? A little late if you ask me.

Aside from the fact that it's Canadian, it's a really well made film. Paul Giamatti gives yet another terrific performance. One to add to an already impressive list. It's a shame the guy has never earned an Oscar. This role could have easily been nominated and I rank it among his best work. He has a lot of help from the supporting cast though. Dustin Hoffman plays his father, again a great role for such a character actor. Rosamund Pike and Minnie Driver are two ladies that Barney marries. Pike is given a bit more to do than Driver, but both are memorable. Scott Speedman, a guy more known for his looks than his acting plays Barney's best friend and has a key role in a bit of drama that circulates Barney's life.

The film is loaded with small cameos from famous Canadians, the aforementioned Paul Gross has a small bit, Atom Egoyan, Mark Camacho, and David Cronenberg. Film fanatics, or Canadians who know their movies will pick up on these things. They might also notice that while the film is Canadian, it never tries to force that fact on us. With most Canadian productions, you must have a certain amount of Canadian content. One glance at the film One Week can testify to this. While there are bits and pieces that are definitely Canadian, it never feels forced. This is mostly why the film feels American at times.

Barney's Version is a great film that details the life of one troubled man who has everything and loses it. It's depressing at times and it hit home with a few topics that most people can relate to, Alzheimer's's. The film feels accomplished. It's well written and directed, as I mentioned earlier the acting is superb. I can easily recommend this to anyone looking for a film with a great story and great performances.


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