DVD 103 mins IMDB 7.2 (3,370 votes)
R
Being Julia
Serendipity Point Films (2004)
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#229

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Comedy, Drama
Canada  /  English

Annette Bening Julia Lambert
Jeremy Irons Michael Gosselyn
Bruce Greenwood Lord Charles
Miriam Margolyes Dolly de Vries
Juliet Stevenson Evie
Lucy Punch Avice Crichton
Maury Chaykin Walter Gibbs
Sheila McCarthy Grace Dexter
Michael Gambon Jimmie Langton
Leigh Lawson Archie Dexter
Shaun Evans Tom Fennel
Mari Kiss Mr. Gosselyn's Secretary
Ronald Markham Butler
Terry Sachs Chauffeur
Catherine Charlton Miss Philips
Terry Sach Chauffeur
Max Irons Curtain Call Boy
Andrew Paton Story Busher Male Singer
George Lang Antoine the Maitre D
Michael Culkin Rupert

Director István Szabó; Istvan Szabo
Producer Robert Lantos
Writer Ronald Harwood; W. Somerset Maugham
Cinematography Lajos Koltai
Musician Mychael Danna
User Credit 1 Susan Shipton
User Credit 2 John Bloomfield

A woman scorned unleashes her fury in this droll comedy based on a story by W. Somerset Maugham. Julia Lambert (Annette Bening) is a famous and well-respected actress, but though her life in the limelight seems glamorous, things are not going well for her off-stage. Julia's husband is unfaithful to her (and not especially discreet about it), her son is angry with her, and she's afraid she's losing her looks and allure as she advances further into middle age. In the midst of this, Julia meets a handsome and dashing young American named Tom, who is close friends with Julia's son. Tom makes no secret of his attraction to Julia, and the feeling is mutual, leading the two into a torrid affair. But, while Julia at first dives into this adulterous romance with little care for how it could affect her reputation, she becomes livid with rage when she learns that Tom is also involved with a younger actress, and is only using Julia to advance his own career in the theater. Julia plots an elaborate revenge against Tom in a scheme that will help her win back the pride and confidence life has recently stripped from her. Being Julia also stars Jeremy Irons, Michael Gambon, Bruce Greenwood, and Shaun Evans. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 043396091740
Region Region 1
Release Date 3/22/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
The Making of BEING JULIA
Commentary by Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons and Director Istvan Szabo
Behind the scenes of BEING JULIA
Deleted scenes
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Some sexuality.
User Text 2 Passion. Obsession. Revenge. Prepare for the performance of a lifetime.
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Notes
Trivia: 'Miranda Richardson' was originally attached to play Julia Lambert. (more)

Goofs: Anachronisms: Michael hands Julia a beer bottle that he opened by twisting off the cap; this innovation wasn't introduced until the mid-1960s. (more)

Quotes: Jimmie Langton: I've lived in the theatre since I was a kid, what I don't know about acting isn't worth knowing. Now, you may be 20 years old and just beginning, but I think you're a genius. You've got magnetism, but no idea how to use it. You have to grab the audience by the throat and say "Now... (more)

Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 10 nominations (more)