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My Life (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  12 November 1993 (USA)
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A terminally ill man prepares for his death.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature subject matter | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 November 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi vida  »

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Box Office


$27,484,464 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The poem that Michael Keaton teaches to his son is "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr Seuss. See more »


During the dance scene at the wedding reception in the very beginning, one of the extras (who dances with a girl in a green dress) looks directly at the camera. At first you think he's looking at Bob but Bob is on the other side of the dancing and not focused on the extra. See more »


Gail: I don't understand how you can open your heart to a camera and I'm, I am flesh and blood! I feel like I have already lost you!
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Movie dedication by Bruce Joel Rubin - In memory of my mother Sondra Rubin See more »


References Today (1982) See more »


Written by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by the New York Philharmonic
Conducted by Leonard Bernstein
Courtesy of Sony Classical
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Truly accurate
7 January 2004 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

This is my first time commenting on a movie, but after reading some reactions to this movie, I needed to say something. A few people have suggested that the movie is contrived or false. This is not so. Six days prior to my 16th birthday, my father died of cancer. He had been diagnosed three years prior and had fought it all the way. I have never seen anything as accurate as "My Life".

No, there is nothing funny about death, but the comedy is true. It was there in my father, and it has been there in others that I have known. The faith healers go nowhere. They rarely do. That is the point.

I have seen this movie only once, and I doubt I will ever have the courage to watch it again. If it were anything but accurate, I don't believe it would have had this effect on me. Keaton performed brilliantly, and the reactions around him were all believable.

That being said, this movie is only made to draw tears, and does so well.

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