Barney's Version

January 14th 2011
  • Drama,
  • R,
  • 132 min,
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Cast: Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver, Rachelle Lefevre, Scott Speedman, Bruce Greenwood, Jake Hoffman, Mark Addy, Saul Rubinek, Harvey Atkin, Clé Bennett, Mark Camacho, Ellen David, Marina Eva, Macha Grenon, Paula Jean Hixson, Arthur Holden, Anna Hopkins, Howard Jerome, Mario Macan, Luca Palladini, Erika Rosenbaum, Ivana Shein, Mélanie St-Pierre, David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Paul Gross
  • Director: Richard J. Lewis
  • Writer: Michael Konyves
  • Producer: Robert Lantos
  • Co Producers: Lyse Lafontaine, Ari Lantos, Domenico Procacci
  • Executive Producer: Mark Musselman
  • Art Direction: Michele Laliberte
  • Castings: Deirdre Bowen, Pam Dixon, Nina Gold, ndrea Kenyon, Randi Wells
  • Costume Design: Nicoletta Massone
  • D.O.P.: Guy Dufaux
  • Editor: Susan Shipton
  • Makeup: Adrien Morot
  • Music: Pasquale Catalano
  • Production Design: Claude Paré
  • Set Decorations: Alessia Anfuso, Elise de Blois, Marie-Soleil Dénommé


"Barney's Version" stars Academy Academy Award nominees Paul Giamatti and Minnie Driver, Award winner Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike, Rachelle Lefevre and Scott Speedman. In the film, Barney Panofsky (Giamatti) is a seemingly ordinary man who lives an extraordinary life. Barney's candid confessional spans three decades and two continents, and includes three wives, one outrageous father and a dangerously dissolute best friend.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Montreal, Canada; New York City, USA; Rome, Italy
  • MPAA Warning: Language and some sexual content
  • Production Companies: Serendipity Point Films, Fandango, The Harold Greenberg Fund
  • Production Schedule: 17 August 2009 - October 2009

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2010 Guide Analysis: After thirteen years of development, the film adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s final novel is finally making its debut in a few weeks following its premiere a few months ago at the Toronto Film Festival. Producer Robert Lantos reportedly went through several different writers, including Richler himself and two Oscar winners, with ultimately little known Canadian television writer Michael Konyves finally nailing a draft Lantos was happy with. "The book is extremely difficult to adapt. It’s sprawling in nature, [has] a huge cast of characters, with flashbacks and flash-forwards, and it’s narrated by this character who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s" said Lantos in an interview earlier this year.

Armed with a $28 million budget and a stellar cast, reviews out of Toronto were decidedly mixed with the performances in particular praised, but the rather straightforward and linear approach to the adaptation seen as a disappointment. Clocking in at over two hours with a rather despicable lead character and a tone that's all over the place apparently hasn't done the film any favours, the likely blame going on newbie scribe Konyves and TV director Lewis. This might explain why the film isn't getting much in the way of a big push for awards consideration beyond Giamatti's performance. Filmmakers David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan also make cameos which might be fun though.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 14 January 2011: Italy
  • 21 January 2011: Brazil
  • 28 January 2011: UK
  • 18 March 2011: Spain
  • 22 March 2011: Netherlands
  • 9 June 2011: Germany