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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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novel | robot | janitor | angel | ransom | See All (114) »

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A twisted love story from the filmmakers of "Trainspotting". See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

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

[last lines]
Gabriel: All clear.
O'ReillyJackson: [rising and gasping for breath]
Gabriel: So, how was it?
O'Reilly: Believe me Gabriel, you don't want to know.
Gabriel: But it worked!
O'Reilly: Love... worked.
Gabriel: Amaratus pathum laborium!
Jackson: Are we going home now?
Gabriel: We're goin' home.
[...]
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When the preciding footage ends, it's followed by claymation animation containing the principal characters of the film engaged in further adventures. See more »


Soundtracks

KINGDOM OF LIES
Written by Lou Barlow, John Davis
Publshed by Endless Soft Hits, Loobiecore, Careers-BMG Music Publishing Inc.
Performed by The Folk Implosion (as Folk Implosion)
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A difference of opinion.
3 November 2003 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

It seems that with A Life Less Ordinary you either love it or you hate it. Personally I am of the former persuasion, with it being a favourite of mine. I can see were the detractors come from, especially after viewing Boyle & Hodge's previous works. ALLO is in a completely different in style to their previous two films Shallow Grave and Trainspotting. But to say it is the weaker of the three films would be a fallacy. Stylistically the film is excellent - reminding me a lot of a Coen brothers film. The script is spot on and the performances of McGregor and Diaz are both excellent (which surprised me for Diaz) as their does seem to be a real chemistry between the two. A very enjoyable romantic comedy overall, and if an old cynic like me can say that, it must be good.


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