A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con.

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This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. Written by Miguel Cane (Stepford@yahoo.com)

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Rated R for language, sexuality, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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16 January 2004 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$274,454 (USA) (21 November 2003)

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$16,248,701 (USA) (19 March 2004)
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In the scene where Paul tells Cristina that he got her husband's heart implanted, he says that the surgical intervention took place October 11th. 10 plus 11 equals 21. See more »

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The poster for the movie states that 21 grams is the weight of a stack of nickles, a chocolate bar, or a hummingbird. A U.S. nickle is 2.5 grams, the same weight of a hummingbird, so 21 grams would be about 8.4 of either (which would be impossible unless you cut one nickel in half). A standard Hershey's chocolate bar is 43 grams, and many other brands weigh even more, making 21 grams less than half of a chocolate bar. See more »

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[first lines]
Michael: Check, please.
Cathy: Look Daddy, a volcano.
[Cathy blows bubbles into her soft drink]
Michael: It's very pretty. Drink up your volcano. All right. We're going. Mommy's waiting.
Cathy: Daddy, please. Just one more minute.
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Back There In My Mind
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An intelligent, sensitive and human portray of fatality
26 June 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, becomes with " 21Grams" a master craftsman that can push psychological boundaries and proves that to understand the Americans, you don't have to be one. And very often foreign directors that tackle American psyche do so in an intelligent and often very accurate and sensible way. Even though this film could have had characters from any country. Of course this is the case with the director of this brilliant film. I had to see it twice under very different circumstances and both times i left with a profound satisfaction of watching a great film. The work of Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro , Naomi Watts and Charlotte Gainsbourg is superb. Overall for me, the best film of 2003


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