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Unconditional Love (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Comedy, Musical  |  23 August 2002 (UK)
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After her husband unexpectedly leaves her, Grace Beasley (Kathy Bates) spontaneously travels to Great Britain to attend the funeral of Victor Fox, a singer she adored. There, she meets the ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Grace Beasley
Dirk Simpson
Maudey Beasley
Nola Fox
Harriet Fox-Smith
Barry Moore
Marcia Warren ...
Lynette Fox-Moore
Andrew Beasley
Max Beasley
Victor Fox
Woman in Red Bra, Jerry Springer guest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Abbott ...
Graveyard Officer
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After her husband unexpectedly leaves her, Grace Beasley (Kathy Bates) spontaneously travels to Great Britain to attend the funeral of Victor Fox, a singer she adored. There, she meets the lover of the dead pop star, played by Rupert Everett, and convinces him to return to Chicago with her to find the singer's killer. Guest appearance by Julie Andrews. Written by Anonymous

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If love takes no prisoners, somebody forgot to tell them.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, brief strong language and some violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

23 August 2002 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Who Shot Victor Fox  »

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Did You Know?


The china used in the tea house when Kathy Bates, Lynn Redgrave and the other sisters is Royal Albert Old Country Roses. This china is frequently used in movies where tea is being served. See more »


When Dirk and Grace go to the funeral home to "dress up" Victor Fox's corpse for the open-casket funeral, the funeral home manager is hesitant to allow them to enter until Dirk introduces Grace as, "This is my lawyer..." In England, Dirk would probably not have used the word "lawyer". It is more likely that he would have said, "This is my solicitor..." (although, in mitigation, the word "lawyer" is widely used, and even solicitors and barristers often describe themselves as lawyers). See more »


Maudey: Nobody messes with a dwarf in a red raincoat.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits tell us that "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" was "sung a little by Kathy Bates" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" was "sung even less by Kathy Bates." See more »


Spoofs Don't Look Now (1973) See more »


Over the Rainbow
Written by E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen
Performed by Jonathan Pryce
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A Pleasant Surprise
9 November 2004 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

This film is so many things: corny, touching, hilarious, weepy, maddening...well, you get it - so many things and a really pleasant surprise. I watched it to see Kathy Bates and I fell in love with her talent. Like the movie, she is also many things and shows the complexity of a relatively simple character type (as "D.S." put it - "an American frump"). Yes, she was very frumpy, but with a twist...she had real balls throughout the film and from the time her husband gives her the bad news she begins to show herself that she really didn't need him for validation; her strength shows with her first impulsive decision to go to England and then the fun begins. My favorite scenes are when the Fox sisters realize that they are sharing tea with a fan and, of course, Victor Fox's televised funeral. The end scene, while meandering and very maudlin, touched me and seemed the perfect end to an unexpected adventure. My favorite character was the daughter-in-law, Maudey. What a woman! I'll never see little people the same way again...she was very Chicago.

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