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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.
Roger EbertFull Review Good ...Gere brings such nuance to Norman's various shadings, he constantly keeps us on edge. His final fate feels a bit anticlimactic, especially given the elaborate, expertly paced build-up that preceded it.
Rolling StoneFull Review Very Good ...a spellbinder that features Richard Gere in one of his best performances ever. ...Gere responds with a revelatory portrayal of inner anguish and Chaplinesque poignance. For the actor, Norman is a personal triumph.
Slant MagazineFull Review Good Cedar's willingness to see the lonely human being underneath the manipulative hustler surface is what makes Norman as slyly provocative as it is entertaining.
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