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Levity (2003)

The film philosophical approach at redemption. The protagonist Manual Jordan has gotten parole from a life sentence for the murder of Abner Easley, and returns to the city he lived in to ... See full summary »

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The film philosophical approach at redemption. The protagonist Manual Jordan has gotten parole from a life sentence for the murder of Abner Easley, and returns to the city he lived in to try to seek redemption. He ends up living and working at a community house run by a preacher, Miles Evans. The film is equipped with beautiful voice-overs about the meaning of life and different philosophies for getting redeemed. Manual also becomes friends with Adele Easley, his victims sister, in an attempt to make up for what he did. While working at the home he has interactions with Sofia Mellinger, the druggie daughter of a famous singer, struggling with the lack of adult guidance in her life. Written by Dave Samuelson

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

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$30,599 (USA) (4 April 2003)

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$209,151 (USA) (15 August 2003)
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Although the film was shot entirely on location in Montreal, in one of the final scenes, as Manuel has entered the metro and it is leaving the station, the map seen inside the train is, in fact, a map of the central Washington, DC area. See more »

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While some have commented that Morgan Freeman's voice changes dramatically throughout the film, it is a major plot point that he is living a lie, living under an assumed identity and not particularly good at it. It is related to the theme of doing good, even though you may not be particularly good at it, nor be able to continue doing it for very long. It sounds unnatural for Morgan because it is unnatural for his character. See more »

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Miles Evans: For pay, I got a room at a hundred dollars a month, which you can work down to nothing if you'll help with cleaning.
Manuel Jordan: What makes you think I need a room?
Miles Evans: God told me. You're carrying your damn suitcase, man.
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Rags to Riches
Performed by E-40
Written by Clint Sands, E-40 (as Earl Stevens) and Dawn Ellison
Courtesy of Mr. Payback Productions
By Arrangement with Media Creature Music
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Heavy Levity
27 May 2003 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Simple story made interesting by the characters and environment. Billy Bob Thornton is our unconventional lead character. Very understated performance accurately captures the emotions of this repulsed, repentant killer. Sparkling Kirsten Dunst is unusually gritty in her sad portrayal of the pop star daughter putting up a false front. Morgan Freeman is effective as the community "reverend" with a secret. Best performance comes from Holly Hunter as frustrated mom/sister just trying to make sense of her world. Director Ed Solomon, known mostly for light weight writing, does a respectable job of capturing the pain of all the characters. Bleak world where each individual must furnish their own reason to keep going.


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