The Benefactor


The Benefactor Information

The Benefactor (originally titled Franny) is a 2015 American drama film written and directed by Andrew Renzi. The film stars Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, Theo James, and Clarke Peters. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 17, 2015. The film was released in the United States on January 15, 2016, in a limited release and through video on demand by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Plot

A philanthropist meddles in the lives of a newly-married couple in an attempt to relive his past.

Cast

  • Richard Gere as Francis "Franny" Watts
  • Dakota Fanning as Olivia
  • Theo James as Luke
  • Clarke Peters as Dr. Romano
  • Brian Anthony Wilson as Jesse
  • Dennisha Pratt as Sharon
  • Lyssa Robberts as Molly
  • Roy James Wilson as Charlie
  • Tibor Feldman as Dr. Sam
  • Matthew and Michael Daisher as Toby

Production

In August 2013, it was announced that Richard Gere had been cast in the film portraying the role of Franny, a philanthropist, with Andrew Renzi writing and directing the film. In September 2013, it was announced that Dakota Fanning and Theo James had joined the film, portraying the roles of Olivia and Luke respectively.

Principal photography began on October 21, 2013, in Philadelphia.

Release

The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 17, 2015. On May 1, 2015, Samuel Goldwyn Films acquired U.S distribution rights to the film. It went onto screen at the Champs-lyses Film Festival on June 13, 2015. The film was released in Italy on December 23, 2015, under the films original name Franny. The film was released in the United States on January 15, 2016, in a limited release and through video on demand.

Critical reception

The film received negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 29%, an average rating of 4.4/10, sampled from 24 reviews. The consensus states: "The Benefactor has Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning, but no clear idea of what to do with either of them, resulting in a drama that never comes anywhere near its intriguing potential." On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 39 out of 100, based on 16 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".




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