Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
|Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Joseph Cedar|
|Produced by||Miranda Bailey |
|Written by||Joseph Cedar|
|Starring||Richard Gere |
|Music by||Jun Miyake|
|Edited by||Brian A. Kates|
Cold Iron Pictures
The Rabinovich Foundation
The Jerusalem Film Fund
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Classics|
|117 minutes |
|Country||United States / Israel|
|Language||English / Hebrew|
|Box office||$5.2 million|
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (Hebrew: ,נורמן: עלייתו המתונה ונפילתו התלולה של מאכער אמריקאי) (previously titled Oppenheimer Strategies) is a 2016 American-Israeli political drama film directed and written by Joseph Cedar. The film stars Richard Gere and Lior Ashkenazi. Filming began on February 8, 2015 in New York City. The film played at the 2016 Telluride Film Festival  and the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
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Norman Oppenheimer's life dramatically changes after the young politician he befriended three years before becomes Prime Minister of Israel. As a small-time "fixer" whose business involves arranging quiet deals among politicos and other power brokers, opportunistic Norman Oppenheimer makes a golden connection when a politician he once befriended later becomes Israel's prime minister.
- Richard Gere as Norman Oppenheimer
- Lior Ashkenazi as Micha Eshel
- Michael Sheen as Philip Cohen
- Steve Buscemi as Rabbi Blumenthal
- Josh Charles as Taub
- Charlotte Gainsbourg as Alex Green
- Ann Dowd as Carol Raskin
- Dan Stevens as Bill Kavish
- Harris Yulin as Joe Wilf
- Hank Azaria as Srul Katz
- Isaach de Bankolé as The Shoe Salesman
On November 14, 2014, Richard Gere was set to star in the political thriller Oppenheimer Strategies, written by Joseph Cedar who would also direct the film. On January 14, 2015, Charlotte Gainsbourg was added to the cast to play the female lead. On February 6, Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi and Josh Charles were added to the cast to star along with Dan Stevens, Isaach de Bankolé and Lior Ashkenazi.
Filming was originally set to begin on January 12, 2015 in New York City, but it began on February 8, 2015. On February 12, filming was taken place around 93rd Street and Amsterdam Ave in Manhattan.
The film played at the Telluride Film Festival in September 2016, and then had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to, Sony Pictures Classics acquired distribution rights in North America, Benelux, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and Asia (excluding Korea) to the film and it was then the previous title changed from Oppenheimer Strategies to Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer.
The US theatrical release was on April 14, 2017.
At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 75 based on six reviews. Richard Gere was praised by both Variety and The Guardian for his "strong performance" portraying a "Court Jew" archetype. Indeed, Cedar's fictional character 'Norman Oppenheimer' was inspired in part by the real life court Jew Joseph Süß Oppenheimer, whose life in turn inspired the 1934 British film Jew Süss, as well as the 1940 Nazi propaganda film Jud Süß.
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