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My Life -- Soaring family love story about a high-powered executive (Michael Keaton) diagnosed with terminal cancer who's forced to make plans for his unborn son.
My Life -- A terminally ill man prepares for his death.


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Writer (WGA):
Bruce Joel Rubin (written by)
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Release Date:
12 November 1993 (USA) See more »
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Michael Keaton ... Bob Jones

Nicole Kidman ... Gail Jones

Bradley Whitford ... Paul Ivanovich

Queen Latifah ... Theresa

Michael Constantine ... Bill Ivanovich

Rebecca Schull ... Rose Ivanovich
Mark Lowenthal ... Dr. Mills

Lee Garlington ... Carol Sandman

Toni Sawyer ... Doris

Haing S. Ngor ... Mr. Ho

Romy Rosemont ... Anya Stasiuk
Danny Rimmer ... Young Bobbie
Ruth de Sosa ... Young Rose Ivanovich

Richard Schiff ... Young Bill Ivanovich
Stephen Taylor Knott ... Young Paul Ivanovich
Andrew Camuccio ... Baby Brian
Brian Camuccio ... Baby Brian
Colby Sawyer Garabedian ... Little Boy Brian
Mary Ann Thebus ... Miss Morgenstern

Brenda Strong ... Laura
Rudi Davis ... George

Mark Holton ... Sam
Lissa Walters ... Deborah

Bruce Jarchow ... Walter
Jane Morris ... Dorothy

Kenneth Tigar ... Dr. Califano
Ray Reinhardt ... Dr. Altman
Frank DiElsi ... Arnold Sherman

Billy L. Sullivan ... Rollercoaster Boy
Michael Gallagher ... Rollercoaster Friend
Christopher Miranda ... Rollercoaster Friend
Nora Taylor ... Little Girl

Dianne B. Shaw ... Detroit Mother
Sondra Rubin ... Aunt Sophia

Sylvia Kauders ... Aunt Tekla
Sharon Conley ... Lida Stasiuk
James R. Sweeney ... Nestor Stasiuk
Vasek Simek ... Uncle Henry
Magda Harout ... Aunt Sonia
Mark Zingale ... Delivery Man
Jonathan Fish ... Delivery Man
James Rubin ... Uncle Jimmy
Jennifer Flackett ... Childbirth Teacher
Gary A. Rubin ... Man at Wedding (as Gary Rubin)
Susan Breslau ... Guest at Wedding
Wendy Sax ... Guest at Wedding
Charlotte Zucker ... Guest at Wedding
Blanche Rubin ... Guest at Wedding

Ari Rubin ... Guest at Wedding
John Steciw ... Band Leader
Walter Klimchuk ... Priest (as Fr. Walter Klimchuk)
Peggy Roeder ... Cousin

Treva Tegtmeier ... Cousin
Oksana Fedunyszyn ... Cousin

Lynn Baber ... Cousin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chipper Lowell ... Circus Performer (uncredited)

Directed by
Bruce Joel Rubin 
Writing credits
Bruce Joel Rubin (written by)

Produced by
Hunt Lowry .... producer
Kathryn J. McDermott .... associate producer
Gil Netter .... executive producer
Bruce Joel Rubin .... producer
Jerry Zucker .... producer
Original Music by
John Barry 
Cinematography by
Peter James 
Film Editing by
Richard Chew 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
Roger Mussenden 
Production Design by
Neil Spisak 
Art Direction by
Larry Fulton 
Troy Sizemore 
Set Decoration by
Anne D. McCulley 
Costume Design by
Judy L. Ruskin  (as Judy Ruskin)
Makeup Department
Joseph Coscia .... hair stylist (as Joe Coscia)
Laura De'Atley .... body makeup artist
David Forrest .... makeup artist (as David Craig Forrest)
Barbara Lorenz .... hair stylist
Bob Mills .... makeup artist
Matthew W. Mungle .... prosthetic makeup artist
Linda Boykin-Williams .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Bill Johnson .... production supervisor
Hunt Lowry .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Otie Brown .... second second assistant director
Alan Edmisten .... second assistant director
William M. Elvin .... first assistant director
Eric Oliver .... dga trainee
Art Department
Larry Clark .... paint supervisor
Gina B. Cranham .... set designer
Mike Cunningham .... assistant property master
Kristen Kelly .... prop assistant
Mike Monckton .... lead greens
Len Morganti .... storyboard artist
Brana Rosenfeld .... buyer
Philip Steuer .... property master
Oscar Delgadillo .... set dresser (uncredited)
Phillip Ellman .... greensman (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Benson .... sound editor
Bill W. Benton .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill J. DiDonna .... boom operator (as William DiDonna)
Christopher Flick .... foley supervisor
Sukey Fontelieu .... sound editor
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley recordist
Eric J. Goldstein .... second boom operator
Eric J. Goldstein .... sound mixer
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Hopkins .... layback mixer
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Richard King .... supervising sound editor
Cliff Latimer .... adr supervisor
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
John Sutton .... sound mixer (as John Sutton III)
Donald Sylvester .... foley editor
Ronald L. Wright .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Larz Anderson .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Adrian Iler .... technical director
Scott Kilburn .... technical director
Jeff Matakovich .... visual effects
Ladd McPartland .... visual effects editor
George Merkert .... visual effects producer
John Nelson .... visual effects supervisor
Gayle Reznik .... visual effects coordinator
Martin Foster .... previs artist (uncredited)
Max Daniels .... stunt performer
Tony Snegoff .... stunts
Darlene Ava Williams .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh Bleibtreu .... first assistant camera
Peter Clarson .... chief lighting technician
Michael Ferris .... camera operator
Bobby Huber .... key grip
Dwight Joseph Lavers .... dolly grip
Gregory Lundsgaard .... Steadicam operator
Merrick Morton .... still photographer
Liz Radley .... video supervisor
Richard Scarpone .... video assist operator
Stephen Sfetku .... film loader
Daniel E. Teaze .... second assistant camera (as Danny Teaze)
Ron Kunecke .... night light operator (uncredited)
Animation Department
Neil Eskuri .... lead animator
Casting Department
Karen Jasper .... casting assistant
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting
Barbara L. Roche .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kimberly Guenther Durkin .... costume supervisor (as Kimberly Guenther)
Janet Sobel .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Christy Richmond .... first assistant editor
Liv Torgerson .... assistant editor
Scot Deer .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Cliff Kohlweck .... music editor
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
Shawn Murphy .... scoring mixer
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Janelle Showalter .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Steven R. Molen .... transportation captain
Other crew
Jeremy Alter .... set production assistant
Thomas J. Busch .... location manager: Chicago
William Friedland .... medical advisor: birth (as Dr. William Friedland)
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor
Rob Goldman .... production assistant: Chicago
Vincent G. Gonzales .... key set production assistant
Bill Johnson .... production supervisor
Lisa Lynn Kearsley .... production coordinator
Carol Kim .... assistant to executive producer: pre-production
Daniel Lieber .... medical consultant (as Dr. Daniel Lieber)
Theresa Marsh .... payroll accountant
Jack Messitt .... production assistant (as John Messit)
Carla Meyer .... dialect coach
Margaret Mitchell .... production accountant
John Panzarella .... location manager
Anne S. Reilly .... unit publicist
Sharon B. Taksel .... assistant accountant
Chris Winn .... craft service
Jeff Winn .... key craft service
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator
Michael Mendelsohn .... production financing (uncredited)
Leslie Thorson .... assistant location manager (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for mature subject matter
117 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Both Richard Schiff and Bradley Whitford would later star opposite each other in "The West Wing"See more »
Continuity: When Bob is at the amusement park & walking down the ramp to get on the roller coaster (which is really Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA), it's obvious he is going the wrong way down the exit ramp rather than using the real entrance. In the next shot, he is shown on the other side of the roller coaster track getting into the coaster.See more »
Carol need to marinate in love...See more »
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42 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Worth watching, 13 July 2001
Author: noahk from Maryland

I generally don't enjoy films that deliberately pull on your heart strings, I usually really resent that, in fact. Generally my main criteria in watching a movie is that I must be entertained. However, this powerful, affecting movie really pulled me in. I don't know why I started watching it, the subject matter would normally repel me, but I simply couldn't stop watching because most things in the film were just so believable. Michael Keaton gives an absolutely killer performance as a businessman dying of untreatable cancer. The story is pretty simple-- he basically is on a quest for inner peace, after a holistic healer convinces him he can die happier if he can let go of his anger. The fact is, part of what makes this movie so good is that the baggage Keaton carries around from childhood is nothing earth shattering; in fact it's fairly mundane and similar to what most of us feel. I found myself sobbing, even weeping, for the last half hour of the film-- watch this one alone if you don't want anyone else to see you doing this! Not a fun movie you can watch over and over, but very thought provoking and worth while. I have no idea how Keaton was overlooked for an Oscar nomination in this fine film.

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