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
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Steve Abbott ...
Graveyard Officer
Contest winner


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)  »

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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 Maudey fires Dirk's pistol at the serial killer, the blast propels her off of her feet. In reality, this type of gun lacks the kind of blow-back power to do this, even in the case of a dwarf. See more »


Grace Beasley: That's Tom Jones.
Nola Fox: Don't you think I'd know my own brother's voice?
Waitress: Actually, it's Tom Jones. I put the CD on myself.
Nola Fox: [slaps waitress across the face] SLUT.
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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 »


References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »


Can't Help Falling in Love
Written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss
Performed by Jonathan Pryce
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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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