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R| 2 hr. 12 min.

Plot Summary
Toward the end of his life, Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti) looks back on his triumphs and tragedies, beginning with an ill-fated relationship with Clara (Rachelle Lefevre), whom he marries when she becomes pregnant. When that falls apart, he moves back home to Montreal and gets married twice more, finally finding contentment with Miriam (Rosamund Pike), his third wife. Through it all, Barney is sustained by his work in television, raising children and the advice of his father (Dustin Hoffman).

Cast: Paul Giamatti , Rosamund Pike , Minnie Driver , Rachelle Lefevre , Scott Speedman , Bruce Greenwood , Mark Addy , Saul Rubinek

Director: Richard J. Lewis

Genres: Drama, Dark comedy

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Barney's Version (2010)

Release Date: January 14th, 2011|2 hr. 12 min.

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  • January 29, 2012 mhaber8643
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    I knew it had to come from a very good novel, and wasn\'t suprised that it was from Mordecia Richler, a name I have loved ever since \"The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz\"- the movie version, that is- as I can\'t say I ever read his books. But I felt this rich, at times, overdone, vein of \"Jewishkeit\" throughout the film, especially from Dustin Hoffman as the father (who seems to be specializing, in his golden years, at playing overtly Jewish characters, as in \"The Fockers\" movies, and here). Paul G. is a national treasure, enough said. And he can \"do Alzeimer\'s\" ljust like he can do John Adams, or a mobster, or anything: with characterisitc brilliance! But the movie felt like it must be a better novel, so I am going to read Richler, finally...! P.S. Very Canadian, very Montreal, very Leonard Cohen!!!

  • July 19, 2011 sallen2sonn
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    Best movie since \" King\'s Speech.\"

  • July 13, 2011 doncaddy39
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    At first I thought the characters in Barney\'s Version were all self-involved nincompoops, but then Barney fell in love for real. He had a wonderful marriage which changed him into a much better person. At the movie I was crying because I really felt compassion for all the characters especially Barney. Great acting is what makes the audience cry. Bravo!

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Harley W. Lond on Jun 28th, 2011 6:52AM

The major theatrical releases coming to home video this week are a real disappointment. 'Sucker Punch,' the latest outing by Zack Snyder, is a disjointed exploitation film starring a quintet of...

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Scott Weinberg on Jan 14th, 2011 12:20PM

Welcome to the second weekend of the year! All filled up on those Oscar-hungry "platform" releases and the Nicolas Cage occult films? Good, because this weekend we get ... a romantic comedy and an...

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