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

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

Richard Gere stretches his acting talents to play a desperate, aging Jewish hustler trying to peddle influence by introducing businessmen he doesn't really know to power-brokers he's never really met. One day, against all odds, he bets on the right horse--befriending a lowly Israeli politician (Lior Ashkenazi) who eventually finds himself catapulted to the position of Prime Minister. Suddenly, our man Norman is got the power and influence he's always dreamed of. But it's a short ride, as the title suggests. Gere crafts a memorable character, and filmmaker Joseph Cedar (Beaufort) provides some sharp dialogue--but the dense plot gets convoluted, moving from New York to Tel Aviv and sliding into political thriller territory. FULL REVIEW: Richard Gere commits to character in influence-peddling drama by Devin D. O’Leary (5/18/2017). 117 minutes R.