The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of A New York Fixer

DVD - 2017
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Norman Oppenheimer is a small time operator, a finagler with a compulsion to inveigle his way into people's good graces, usually in the manner of a "cold call" handled in person, in order to make them beholden to him for future payoff. Norman befriends a young Israeli politician in New York, and ends up offering to buy him an expensive pair of shoes. Three years later, when the politician becomes an influential world leader, Norman's life dramatically changes for better - and worse.
Publisher: [Culver City, California] :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA NOR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Alternative Title: Norman


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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.

Mar 04, 2018

I did not like this one.

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.

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.

Jan 17, 2018

long boring and most of it in a language with no subtitles. very disappointing

Jan 02, 2018

Not my cuppa tea. I literally could not stand to watch it because it was too embarrassing and upsetting. Too much degrading schmoozing, too much angst, too much desperate & humiliating behavior. This movie tapped into some really primal emotions --- like I can't stand clinging, demanding people. It was truly painful to know how it would end. Still, you gotta hand it to Gere. He's a superb actor who can sell that role very convincingly --- too much so for me.

Dec 11, 2017

Norman was a strange one. Wore the same clothes. Why did we never see his apartment? Movie to long, appeared as though he lived on the street. Special features interesting. Never did figure out if the green items he was eating was candy or meds. Not sure of where his income came from.

Nov 28, 2017

I did not like the movie I did not finish it

Nov 18, 2017

Norman was a little too strange for me. Today he might be referred to as a stalker. I watched ⅔ of it and gave up.

Oct 28, 2017

It's not often I feel like watching a 2 hour movie but this one makes the cut. But be warned, you have to pay attention to the wheeling and dealing going on to appreciate the tension in the deals Norman orchestrates. The 'action' in the movie is all about the deal making.

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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.

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.
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...

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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Nov 13, 2017

Richard Gere, politics

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