Venus

Venus

DVD - 2007
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Maurice, a still-working actor whiles away his dwindling days playing bit parts (corpses, mostly) or at the local pub with a pair of equally frail footlights friends, drama queen Ian and taciturn Donald. Ian announces that his niece has sent her wayward daughter to stay with him. Jessie is a borderline hooligan, surly, self-centered, willful, and a prodigious drinker. Maurice looks at Jessie with unapologetic longing, appreciating things she can't see in herself, but also the idea of youth--specifically, womanly youth. Jessie appraises Maurice to see what she can get out of him, and they play at Henry Higgins tutoring Eliza Doolittle together. Both are prickly, independent egoists, and wherever they're going, neither is going quietly.

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COURIER3
Aug 20, 2015

GLAD TO SEE PETER O'TOOLE GETTING WORK IN 2007. I DID NOT KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT AT HIS AGE. DON'T KNOW IF HE PASSED AWAY BY NOW. MOVIE WAS SLOW GOING. I DID SOME FAST FORWARDS. BONUS FEATURE WAS INTERESTING ABOUT 2 OLD ACTORS. FOUND THIS MOVIE ON DASHBOARD. I HAVE BEEN THRU THAT PROSTATE REMOVAL. WAS GOOD TO SEE RICHARD GRIFFITHS AGAIN. HE WAS THE BIG GUY AT THE RESTAURANT.

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JackPurcell
May 16, 2015

An old man too old for most sinning and a shallow young woman who has most of her sins ahead of her are the central theme in an environment of humor, pain and misuse. Excellent acting by O'Toole, as always.

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garycornell
Aug 10, 2014

Peter O'Toole makes you believe in the impossible. Could he be in love with a woman 50 years younger than himself? He has me as a believer! It is just great acting on everyone's part. It is a small movie and I think a lot of you may have missed it. If you are a Peter O'Toole fan, then you'll marvel at what he can do at an advanced age. Quite simply a good movie that might have overlooked.

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ssmerlin
Oct 11, 2011

Disgusting.

tnordby Jul 26, 2010

I was so excited about this film and, upon watching it, felt let down. Peter O'Toole is incredible, but I found it difficult to like his character. Vanessa Redgrave is underwhelming and the storyline seems hurried at the end. All in all: a great disappointment.

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Symbiosis2009
Jan 06, 2010

Peter O'Toole is what makes this movie.

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Cabby
Feb 13, 2009

Peter O'Toole nominted for best actor Oscar.

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Apr 30, 2008

Reasonably good human-interest story but nothing extraordinary, despite powerhouse cast. Vanessa Redgrave plays an annoying role as the main character's ex-wife / doormat.

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