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Unconditional Love (2002)

 -  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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Grace Beasley
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Dirk Simpson
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Maudey Beasley
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Window Washer
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Nola Fox
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Harriet Fox-Smith
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Barry Moore
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Lynette Fox-Moore
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Andrew Beasley
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Victor Fox
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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 »
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23 August 2002 (UK)  »

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Shot in 1999, the film stayed on the shelf until it premiered in the US on the Starz cable network on Aug 2, 2003 and then went straight to DVD. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Dirk Simpson: I don't believe in unconditional love, I mean, what is it anyway? Cut off my ears, steal my money and I'll love you anyway?
Grace Beasley: Yes, and more.
Dirk Simpson: More?
Grace Beasley: You don't have to love me back.
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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 »

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References Perry Mason (1957) See more »

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Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Sung a little by Kathy Bates
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This might be my new favorite "comfort film".
15 August 2004 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

I found this film by accident while shopping a sale of used DVDs at my local video rental store. I hadn't heard of it but Kathy Bates is always worth watching, so I didn't even look at the back of the package for the rest of the credits.

I got it home and was hooked from the beginning credits when the singer turns around and it is Jonathan Pryce. (I fell in lurrrrrrrve with his voice years ago in "Jumping Jack Flash, in which he IS just a voice for most of the film.) And even though he sings the most incredibly cheesy songs imaginable here, if there was a soundtrack I would buy it in an instant.

I enjoy movies which aren't easy to categorize. Here on IMDb it is listed as a Drama/Comedy/Musical/Thriller. That sums it up pretty well as far as I am concerned. If you need to have every little thing in a movie spelled out clearly and make perfect sense you will probably not enjoy this one. The whole movie has a slightly surrealistic feel and I loved the way it flows between reality and fantasy. It reminded me of Harry Sinclair's wonderful "The Price of Milk", but that wasn't a film for everybody, either.

Incidentally, no one so far seems to have mentioned the first credited screenwriter, Jocelyn Moorhouse. If you did like "Unconditional Love", you might want to see another film she wrote and directed called "Proof", with Hugo Weaving and Russell Crowe. It also was very strange/odd/beautiful/moving and hard to classify.


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