Barney's Version 2010

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Take a ride through the life and memories of Barney Panofsky, a hard-drinking, cigar-smoking, foul-mouthed 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.

Starring:
Rachelle Lefevre,Jake Hoffman
Runtime:
2 hours, 14 minutes

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Barney's Version

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Richard J. Lewis
Starring Rachelle Lefevre, Jake Hoffman
Supporting actors Rosamund Pike, Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver, Paul Giamatti, Mark Addy, Saul Rubinek
Studio NBC Universal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Sept. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Sounding not unlike a child's software program - "Barney's Version" is a terrible name for a film and nearly put me off renting this 'journey' movie - I'm glad it didn't.

Produced by Robert Lantos and Directed by Richard Lewis, the screenplay by Michael Konyves is adapted from Mordecai Richler's 1997 book of the same name. Across 30 eventful years, it tells the story of Barney Panofsky - a Monte Cristo smoking, whiskey guzzling chubby man living in Montreal. Barney is the TV Producing equivalent of "Gregory House" - irascible and loveable at the same time. Like his Dad Izzy Panofsky (a scene-stealing Dustin Hoffman) Barney tells it as it is - loves women impulsively - is headstrong in everything he does but has his heart in the right place. But he has a fatal flaw. It isn't that Barney is deliberately cruel or mean, he just keeps on making terrible mistakes over and over again (most of which are of his own making) and learns rather painfully as the years pass and happiness fades that the enemy is not others but 'himself'.

It begins in Rome in 1974 when we're introduced to his motley crew of dead-beat friends - there's Thomas Trabacchi as Leo Fasoli - an Italian artistic genius who has yet to find an appreciative audience, a black friend who does a terrible deed on Barney (he later forgives this) and his best-friend - Boogie. Young, cocky, handsome and fancy-free - Boogie is a full-on babe magnet (played beautifully by Scott Speedman) who can't seem to finish his brilliant first novel as he systematically hoovers up every narcotic he can get his sweaty hands on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marco Rossini TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 May 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
First of all, the casts are all brilliant, and each character is really convincing. The class distinction within the Jewish society in Canada/USA that this film shows is an intriguing part to look at too. Two of the main female characters are played by British actresses, i.e. Rosamund Pike and Mini Driver, both of whom I like very much, but I couldn't stop wondering why the production decided to choose the two British actresses who would have to mimic the Canadian/US accent instead of employing the North American actresses? Or maybe Pike and Driver could have appeared as British? Pike is one of the most elegant and well-educated actresses I can think of, but her American accent was not always so convincing, but apart from that she was very good in some subtle facial expressions or even a shot from her back was great, especially the scene she was older was very nice. Dustin Hoffman was probably the funniest and the best part of this film. I've never seen the father figure of the main character being so impressive and he has proved someone can make his presence felt so much even though he was a supporting part. However, overall, like many Hollywood movies, I found that loads of things happen very fast and sometimes it is difficult to follow the plot. The plot was a good one, but slightly depressing as well, because of the series of actions Barney, the main character, takes, and I must say I couldn't see many parts of this film that made me happy.

I wonder if you agree with me, but I've tried my best to review this without referring to the plot as I don't really want to spoil your joy of watching it.

Hope this helps.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 July 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This will not be to everyone's taste - it's not a blockbuster like the Adjustment Bureau. But it does not matter - what it does, it does beautifully on its own terms. It captures what few films can - a story of a life that resonates on so many levels. Is it a story about love - and following it wherever it leads because that is the most important thing for all of us, so hard to find and so easy to lose. Is it about how hard it is to know anyone else - and all the jumbles and misunderstandings that come from that - the muddles that make and break human lives. Is it about living, really living and dieing too and being able to count your friends on one hand. Maybe alittle of all three. The performances are extraordinary; maybe he isn'y so liekable - he's not a Tom Cruise cut out. But he's real, and you do care - and it makes you think about how precious life and love are - and we must not any of us waste a minute. If the film catches you at the right time it will make a difference, and, if not, it's one to store for later, because its time will surely come. Very special.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lionface on 17 April 2012
Format: DVD
I didn't think such films were being made any more. A broad sweeping, personal and ultimately very watchable portrait of a man's life in all it's triumph and tragedy, taking place over a number of decades. It's full of humour, humanity, tenderness, conflict and love with some fine acting including a very memorable and enjoyable performance from Dustin Hoffman.

I knew nothing of it when i started watching and didn't know what to expect, maybe a one man 'Sideways' of sorts. But this is something grander and more ambitious in the fact it covers a lot of ground over many years and still finds time to explore and express plenty of depth and character. It's hard to do this kind of film well but it achieves it's aims comfortably with grace and spark.

Thank god they still make films for adults.
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