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Character: Miriam Grant-Panofsky
Directed by: Richard J. Lewis
Written by: Mordecai Richler (novel), Michael Konyves
Produced by: Lyse Lafontaine, Ari Lantos, Robert Lantos, Gianluca Leurini, Mark Musselman, Domenico Procacci
Other cast: Paul Giamatti, Minnie Driver, Rachelle Lefevre, Scott Speedman, Dustin Hoffman
Release date: January 14, 2011 (U.S.) | January 28, 2011 (U.K)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Running time: 134 min

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

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Character Quotes

Barney Panofsky: …and I’m just gonna keep talking here, ’cause I’m afraid that if I stop there’s gonna be a pause or a break and you’re gonna say ‘It’s getting late’ or ‘I should get going’, and I’m not ready for that to happen. I don’t want that to happen. Ever.
[they pause]
Miriam: There it was. The pause.
Barney Panofsky: Yeah.
Miriam: I’m still here.

Barney Panofsky: Should I sleep on the sofa?
Miriam: Stop feeling sorry for yourself. You’re not sleeping on the sofa, we don’t sleep apart. Good night.

Miriam: Really? Well, words matter. Actions matter. They have consequences. If you want people to take you seriously, then act accordingly. Do you understand me, Barney?
Barney Panofsky: Yes
Miriam: What am I saying?
Barney Panofsky: Be great in act, as you have in thought


“Though Giamatti and Pike are great together as the smart sparring couple — and Pike is having a very good year already, currently as a trophy wife in “Made in Dagenham” — the movie is at its most moving when exploring the father-son relationship.”
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

“I’ll say no more, except that Rosamund Pike is perfection as Barney’s true love, and Dustin Hoffman makes magic as Barney’s randy dad. It’s acting heaven.”
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone


• In development for 12 years.

• In the film, Miriam Grant (Rosamund Pike) and the 2nd Mrs P (Minnie Driver) both attended McGill University. Ironically, out of all three actresses to play Barney’s wives, it is the actress playing Clara (Rachelle Lefevre) who is an actual graduate of McGill University.

• Jake Hoffman plays Dustin Hoffman’s grandson. In real life he’s his son.

Awards & Nominations

Won Golden Globe Awards – Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical – Paul Giamatti
Nominated Genie Awards – Best Actress in a Leading Role – Rosamund Pike
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