Drama Movies:

The Benefactor

Click to share your rating 3 ratings (4.0/5.0 average) Thanks for your vote!
Mature Audience

Mature Audience

Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over.

NOTE: Drug use & offensive language

Sorry, this product is not currently available to order

Customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars Based on 3 Customer Ratings

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Write a Review
"Unexpectedly absorbing..."
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

I found this a bit disjointed at the start, but as the movie progresses it draws you in to the desperate world of addiction, and shows that no amount of money or privilege can dampen the effects of grief and guilt. Richard Gere in a totally different light than what we have come to expect of him. Definitely a film that packs an emotional punch.


The Benefactor

Billionaire philanthropist Franny (brilliantly played by Richard Gere) has been shackled by grief since the car crash that claimed the lives of his best friends five years earlier. Surviving each day on a cocktail of prescription drugs and alcohol, Franny's seemingly luxurious and unfettered life is lived in an unfocused haze of misery and self-loathing.

Franny's life once again finds purpose when his deceased friends' daughter, Olivia (Dakota Fanning) reaches out to him. With renewed energy, Franny springs into action, finding Olivia's doctor husband Luke (Theo James) a job at the hospital he funds, gifting them a house, and paying off Luke's medical school loans. But as Franny's excessive altruism starts to border on obsessive, Olivia and Luke find themselves desperate to escape.

  • Arbitrage – the sequel: after the huge success of arbitrage, richard gere is back, flexing his acting muscles on an all-new challenge…
  • Also stars: the exemplary dakota fanning (twilight saga, man on fire) and Theo James (divergent series)
  • Thrilling and dramatic: edge-of-your-seat tension in this dramatic thriller.

Critic Reviews:

  • " Presented in a rather unique way, without feeling contrived when doing so. " – Stefan Pape
  • " Richard Gere gives an annoying performance in ‘The Benefactor’ – and it works! " – Betty Jo Tucker
  • " A wonderful showcase for the actors and little else, Franny was entertaining " – Allyson Johnson
Release date NZ
December 1st, 2016
Movie Format
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Aspect Ratio
  • 2.35 : 1
Length (Minutes)
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Number of Discs
Country of Production
  • USA
Original Release Year
Box Dimensions (mm)
Product ID


Marketplace listings

There are no Marketplace listings available for this product currently.
Already own it? Create a free listing and pay just 9% commission when it sells!

Sell Yours Here

Help & options

Filed under...