Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer

Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Running Time:  117 min.
Release Date: April 28, 2017 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal
DVD/Blu-ray: July 11, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 3.57
based on 14 votes and 7 reviews
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Cast: Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenazi, Hank Azaria, Steve Buscemi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Michael Sheen, Dan Stevens, Josh Charles

Synopsis

Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) lives a lonely life in the shadow of power and money, and constantly tries to make connections to put himself into a position of significance. One day, he befriends lowly Israeli politician Micha Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi), by buying him a pair of expensive shoes. Three years later, Micha ends up becoming Prime Minister, and Norman finds himself in the center of dramatic changes that threaten to destroy the reputation he spent his life building.

Director: Joseph Cedar
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): David Mandil, Lawrence Inglee, Miranda Bailey, Oren Moverman, Eyal Rimmon, Gideon Tadmor
Screenplay: Joseph Cedar

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  • 4 stars "Not an ordinary busy body. Norman endears himself to top banana and gets roughed up a bit. The thing of it is he doesn't lose his composure and keeps pestering everyone for a purpose, to get his political agenda forward. So he was probably an agent. But he never reveals this not even to the audience. Problem in the film is that payola or favors keep poor people poor. He gets tossed into a garbage heap by the Rabbi, he gets followed by a younger agent who repeats his schick verbatum, but it doesn't shake him up too much. He gets invited to a talk and realized he could get killed, but doesn't. He remains calm throughout."
  • 5 stars "Very good. Excellent film."
  • 5 stars "We loved this movie.It was truely entertaining,gripping and Richard Gere was fantastic.It was one of the best movies we have ever seen."