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A Life Less Ordinary (1997)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Fantasy  |  24 October 1997 (USA)
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Ewan McGregor stars as a cleaning man in L.A. who takes his boss' daughter hostage after being fired and replaced by a robot. Two "angels" who are in charge of human relationships on earth,... See full summary »

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O'Reilly
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Jackson
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Gabriel
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Mayhew
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Frank Kanig ...
Ted
Mel Winkler ...
Frank Naville
Anne Cullimore Decker ...
Violet Eldred Gesteten
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Elliot Zweikel
K.K. Dodds ...
Lily
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Al
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Naville
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Walt
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Tod Johnson
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Ewan McGregor stars as a cleaning man in L.A. who takes his boss' daughter hostage after being fired and replaced by a robot. Two "angels" who are in charge of human relationships on earth, offer some unsolicited help to bring this unlikely couple together. Written by <CherylC894@aol.com>

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janitor | angel | hostage | heaven | novel | See All (114) »

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A comedy for anyone who's ever been in danger...of falling in love. See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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24 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Une vie moins ordinaire  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,200,000 (Non-US) (31 October 1997)

Gross:

DEM 1,682,281 (Germany) (30 January 1998)
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Trivia

In Gabriel's final lines he declares "Amaratus pathum laborium", which translates as: Love is a path of labors. See more »

Goofs

When Robert is digging the grave, Jackson is talking to him, sitting on the ground with legs crossed. There is a cut to Jackson's back, and a few seconds later a front view shows him with legs out-stretched. See more »

Quotes

Naville: I want her back.
O'Reilly: Don't worry, we'll get her.
Naville: And I want him dead.
O'Reilly: That's understood, Mr. Naville.
Naville: Good.
[He places the suitcase with the ransom cash on the desk. Jackson starts to take it, but Naville slaps a hand down on it]
Naville: And when it's over, I want *this* back.
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Crazy Credits

For the start of the credits, the top half of image contains a wide box (2.35:1?) which runs footage furthering the plotline. Note the film itself was in 1.85:1. See more »


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BEYOND THE SEA
Written by Jack Lawrence and Charles Trenet
Published by PolyGram International Publishing Inc., France Music Corp., Editions Raoul Breton,
MPL Communications Inc.
Performed by Bobby Darin
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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McGregor and Diaz are real stars here
24 August 2000 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Cameron Diaz, and Ewan McGregor caught my attention after his riveting performance in Trainspotting. McGregor is the bumbling kidnapper and Diaz is the victim who seems to know more about kidnapping than he does. All this makes for a really funny comic act from the duo as they progress from kidnapper/victim to lovers, with the help of some angels who live in a seemingly hip heaven. The pace of the movie doesn't let up much, and you find yourself immersed totally as you wait for the ending, which, sadly, could have more of a cliffhanger effect than it has now.


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