The Benefactor

The Benefactor

Andrew Renzi (2015)

15 Certificate


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Richard Gere has enhanced his reputation since baring his bum in early 1980s hits like American Gigolo and An Officer and a Gentleman. With a CV ranging from Internal Affairs and Pretty Woman to Chicago and the more recent Arbitrage, he's still a leading man of some stature. And it's Gere's show in this good-looking but unfocused drama, playing wealthy but guilt-racked philanthropist Franny, who returns to public life after withdrawing for five years following the death of his married best friends. When their orphaned daughter Olivia (Dakota Fanning) re-enters his life, pregnant and in love with hunky doctor Luke (Divergent's Theo James), Franny is unable to resist using his money and largesse to improve their lot. But altruism swiftly turns to suffocating omnipresence in their lives. Even at his most cloyingly and annoyingly avuncular, Gere still manages to flesh out the tortured but not very likeable Franny, and that's part of the problem. Fanning (criminally underused) and James have so little meat to their roles, they end up as ciphers while Gere has a ball as a drug-addicted tycoon on the verge of a nervous breakdown.


A wealthy eccentric blames himself for the deaths of a couple, and looks for a way to make amends. He discovers that their daughter is now expecting her first child, so begins meddling in the lives of both her and her husband in the hope of securing them a better future. Drama, starring Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning and Theo James.

Cast & Crew

Franny Richard Gere
Olivia Dakota Fanning
Luke Theo James
Dr Romano Clarke Peters
Jesse Brian Anthony Wilson
Molly Lyssa Roberts
Sharon Dennisha Pratt
Dr Sam Tibor Feldman
Director Andrew Renzi
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ArrowGuidance: Swearing, drug abuseAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 26 Feb 2016