Norman

Norman

The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of A New York Fixer

DVD - 2017
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The moderate rise and tragic fall of a New York fixer. Norman Oppenheimer is a small time operator who befriends a young politician at a low point in his life. Three years later, when the politician becomes an influential world leader, Norman's life dramatically changes for better and worse.
Audience: 14a
Publisher: [Culver City, California] :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama NORMAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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iloveseaotters
Jun 21, 2020

I love Richard Gere, which is why I checked this out, but it was so slow moving and dull that I gave up on it pretty quickly.

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akirakato
Jan 24, 2020

Written and directed by Joseph Cedar in 2016, this American drama depicts the life and struggle of an elderly, complex, scheming New York con-man called Norman.
While showing the fascinating psychology of the protagonist, the film gives us more frustrating characters to try to understand.
The story, however, feels a bit hollow because the protagonist alone can't quite sustain the whole movie.
It needs a more fascinating drama.

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FairhavenLibe
Aug 13, 2019

Talky. Very talky. "My Dinner with Andre" kind of talky. The ending is a welcomed relief.

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Tilapia
Jan 05, 2019

I loved this unusual movie. Just love the way the story line is tied to leadership and the peace issues in the Middle East. I also like how it showed how powerful politicians started as ordinary people and the things they do to hold to power. Most of the time they view us as chess pieces in their power game, why is it always so?
I'm looking forward to watching the political movie made by Hugh Jackman, may be I would find one politician with integrity.
It is worth watching and having a discussion at the end, a good conversation and provoking film.

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mr_chocolate
Sep 18, 2018

I had picked this 2016 film, since it had Richard Gere (An Officer and a Gentleman; Pretty Women; Chicago), of which I had not seen anything by him for awhile, but my partner and I gave up on watching this after the first 47 minutes. Then we skipped ahead to stop it again, but found it was not at all interesting, or clear on what it was trying to say or do.
We gave up on it and watched something else. I will credit actor Michael Sheen (Blood Diamond; Frost/Nixon; Underworld series; Kill the Messenger; Passengers), for this small but unfulfilling role, as he has been in some other more interesting and diverse films.
Maybe should have tried watching it until the end, but we had thrown in the towel before then.

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RioCaliente
Jul 30, 2018

Richard Gere's character was annoying to watch, but the way the movie played out and came together at the end made it worth seeing ........ Gere did seem to be channeling Woody Allen at times, but Allen would have been a caricature in the role. Good to watch at home where you can take a break from it but then come back. The ending surprised me.

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mimipater
Jun 29, 2018

Off beat but compelling story of a guy who wants to be somebody and a somebody who is known to those in power.

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firefly5
Mar 04, 2018

I did not like this one.

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samjenks
Feb 20, 2018

Never seen Richard Gere in a role like this and hope I never do again. This movie does however reveal the power of the tongue.

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spiritchild
Jan 19, 2018

Felt this movie was too dragged out. I can imagine such a person being a dealer in trying to make connections with everyone...maybe to be a part of everyone's life. Maybe they are too lonely or maybe they just want to know everything.

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jimg2000
Sep 11, 2017

Only one single quote at IMDb :
Norman Oppenheimer: There are two kinds of moguls: First kind is like a big ocean liner ship. Makes a lot of waves, a lot of noise, everybody sees it coming from miles away. Like Jo Wilf. I think your boss, Minister Maor, is actually... in his close circle of friends. of course. And then there is Arthur. Well, Arthur is more like a nuclear submarine. he's quiet, he's fast, he's young. Extremely sophisticated.

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jimg2000
Sep 11, 2017

How do you say goral? Fate. Fate. I feel fate. If God put me here, he must have had a good reason. Now, I'm not free to run away from this job, but to be honest, no single human being can really claim to be big enough for this job either.
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History is full of anonymous heroes, Norman. The day I walk up to that podium to sign the peace treaty, you will see a very specific expression on my face. Know that I will be thinking of you...

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jimg2000
Sep 11, 2017

Stomp on a glass at wedding per film:
Tradition explains the act of breaking the glass reminds us to turn our hearts towards the city of Jerusalem. In which the ultimate peace shall be granted to the world.

vs the explanation in wiki:
The primary reason is that joy must always be tempered.[25] This is based on two accounts in the Talmud of rabbis who, upon seeing that their son's wedding celebration was getting out of hand, broke a vessel – in the second case a glass – to calm things down. Another explanation is that it is a reminder that despite the joy, Jews still mourn the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.

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Courier2003
Nov 13, 2017

Richard Gere, politics

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