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Unconditional Love (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, 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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Ashley Anne Ayer ...
'Hitchcock Railway' Dancer
Kaja Stiglic ...
'Hitchcock Railway' Dancer
Lisa Nicole Wilkerson ...
'Hitchcock Railway' Dancer
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Max Beasley
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Morning Chicago T.V. Host
Amo Gulinello ...
T.V. Station Intern
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Charlotte Zucker ...
Restaurant Patron
Susan Breslau ...
Restaurant Patron
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Karen Vaccaro ...
T.V. Guest Fighter
William Dambra ...
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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 and Barry Manilow. 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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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 »

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When the killer confronts Grace, Dirk and Maudie under the city, the trio change positions between shots. See more »

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Grace Beasley: [inviting Dirk to sit on the handlebars of her bike] It'll be just like that movie 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' when they go bicycling together. I'll be Paul Newman and you'll be the lovely Katharine Ross. Whatever happened to the lovely Katharine Ross?
Dirk Simpson: She fell off the bike and broke her bloody neck.
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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 The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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Blazing Dragons
Score by Amin Bhatia
Theme Song by Pure West
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This might be my new favorite "comfort film".
15 August 2004 | by 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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