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21 Grams -- A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician (Penn), a grieving mother (Watts) and a born-again ex-con (Del Toro).
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Writer (WGA):
Guillermo Arriaga (written by)
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Release Date:
19 November 2003 (Mexico) See more »
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Difference between dead and life See more »
Plot:
A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 44 nominations See more »
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First engrossing, then moving See more (546 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Penn ... Paul Rivers

Naomi Watts ... Cristina Peck

Danny Huston ... Michael
Carly Nahon ... Cathy
Claire Pakis ... Laura

Benicio Del Toro ... Jack Jordan
Nick Nichols ... Boy

Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Mary Rivers

John Rubinstein ... Gynecologist

Eddie Marsan ... Reverend John
Loyd Keith Salter ... Fat Man
Antef A. Harris ... Basketball Guy

Melissa Leo ... Marianne Jordan

Marc Musso ... Freddy (as Marc Thomas Musso)

Teresa Delgado ... Gina

Trent Dee ... Guard (as Terry Dee Draper)
Tony Guyton ... Guard #2
Wayne E. Beech Jr. ... Inmate #1
Keith Lamont Johnson ... Inmate #2

Clea DuVall ... Claudia

David Chattam ... Caddie #1 (as David Chattam Jr.)
John Boyd West ... Caddie #2
Jeff Schmidt ... Caddie #3

Tony Vaughn ... Al

Paul Calderon ... Brown

Denis O'Hare ... Dr. Rothberg
Anastasia Herin ... Dolores

Carlo Alban ... Lucio
Hai Quang Tran ... Cashier

Annie Corley ... Trish
Sharon Bishop ... Receptionist

Jerry Chipman ... Cristina's Father

Tom Irwin ... Dr. Jones

Roberto Medina ... Dr. Molina

Arita Trahan ... Dr. Badnews
Rodney Ingle ... Barman

Catherine Dent ... Ana

Kevin Chapman ... Alan (as Kevin H. Chapman)
Randall Hartzog ... Friend #1

Verda Davenport ... Friend #2 (as Verda Davenport-Booher)
Dorothy Armstrong-Miles ... Female Friend #1 (as Dorothy Armstrong Miles)
Barclay Roberts ... Male Friend #1
Lisa Sanchez ... Wife

Stephen Bridgewater ... P.I.
Michael Finnell ... Fat Prisoner

Juan Corrigan ... Valet

Charlie B. Brown ... Night Guard

Arron Shiver ... Young Doctor
Pamela Blair ... Doctor

Jennifer Pfalzgraff ... Nurse

Lew Temple ... County Sheriff
Tricia Branch ... Skinny Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael W. Finnell ... Fat Prisoner (uncredited)
Chance Romero ... Clubber (uncredited)
Jessica Scott ... Cocktail Waitress (uncredited)

Directed by
Alejandro González Iñárritu 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Guillermo Arriaga (written by)

Produced by
Guillermo Arriaga .... associate producer
Alejandro González Iñárritu .... producer
Ted Hope .... executive producer
Robert Salerno .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gustavo Santaolalla 
 
Cinematography by
Rodrigo Prieto 
 
Film Editing by
Stephen Mirrione 
 
Casting by
Francine Maisler 
 
Production Design by
Brigitte Broch 
 
Art Direction by
Deborah Riley 
 
Set Decoration by
Meg Everist 
 
Costume Design by
Marlene Stewart 
 
Makeup Department
Luisa Abel .... makeup department head
Vivian Baker .... key makeup artist
Vivian Baker .... prosthetics: Benicio Del Toro
Gail Rowell-Ryan .... hair department head (as Gail Ryan)
Laurel Van Dyke .... hair stylist
Gloria Belz .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Amy Kaufman .... executive in charge of production
Tim Pedegana .... post-production supervisor
Diane L. Sabatini .... production supervisor (as Diane Sabatini)
Robert Salerno .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Alan Hensz .... first assistant director (as James Hensz)
Kiersten Pilar Miller .... second assistant director (as Kiersten Miller)
Kenneth Roth .... second assistant director (as Kenneth B. Roth)
Michael E. Steele .... first assistant director (as Michael Steele)
Kevin Turley .... second second assistant director
Lynne Martin .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Spiro Razatos .... second unit director (uncredited)
Darin Rivetti .... first assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Gustav Alsina .... paint gangboss: New Mexico
Ulrike Auer-Erdoes .... paint gangboss: New Mexico
Sheila Bartlett .... paint foreman (as Sheila R. Bartlett)
Thomas Betts .... set designer
Kurt Blondis .... propmaker
Troy Borisy .... leadman
Stephen Bradley .... propmaker: New Mexico
Kenneth R. Cole .... propmaker
Victor Cook .... painter
Emanuele Corso .... general foreman: New Mexico
Kathryn J. Czark .... greens: New Mexico (as Katheryn Czark)
Tim Dingle .... sign painter
Mark Alan Duran .... swing gang: New Mexico
Roger W. Evans .... utility
George M. Finney .... paint gangboss
Edward G. Fitzgerald .... props (as Ed Fitzgerald)
Patrick French .... propmaker: New Mexico
Tommy Gilbert .... swing gang (as Tom Gilbert)
Allison Gross .... assistant property master
Mona Hamilton .... paint gangboss: New Mexico
Mark Hansen .... swing gang: New Mexico
Gary A. Hardy .... painter
Robert House .... propmaker: New Mexico (as Robert A. House)
Judith H. Jenner .... paint gangboss: New Mexico
Elizabeth Keenan .... on-set dresser
Cynthia La Jeunesse .... buyer (as Cynthia Lajeunesse)
Paul R. Lightell .... propmaker
Andria Lisle .... art department assistant
Johnny Long .... greens: New Mexico
Ben Lowney .... swing gang: New Mexico (as Benjamin Lowney)
Joe Magid .... art department coordinator (as Joseph Magid)
Dan Miller .... props: New Mexico
Cynthia Nibler .... property master
Michael V. Nichols .... set decorating gang boss: New Mexico (as Michael Nichols)
Paul Oliver .... charge painter (as Paul W. Oliver)
Kaleo Quenzer .... swing gang
Billy W. Ray .... propmaker: New Mexico
Spencer H. Register .... swing gang
Thomas Michael Ryan .... general foreman
Shan Sanford .... swing gang (as Shan K. Sanford)
Jeffrey Schlatter .... construction coordinator
A.E. Stapleton .... shop foreman (as Arthur E. Stapleton)
Tommy C. Starkey .... propmaker
Robert Tilson .... propmaker
Anita Tracy .... painter
Sherry Trippett .... utility painter
Asa-Luke Twocrow .... propmaker: New Mexico
James Walton .... propmaker: New Mexico
David Weathers .... swing gang
Chris Zimmerman .... stand-by painter
Luis Blackaller .... graphics artist (uncredited)
Ryan Cowles .... art department (uncredited)
Nell Dickerson .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Liv Selinger .... set dresser (uncredited)
Amy R. Strong .... buyer (uncredited)
Keith Wall .... props (uncredited)
John N. Ward .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Steve Bartkowicz .... dubbing engineer
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Andy Brokmeyer .... cable person (as Andrew Brokmeyer)
Julio Carmona .... adr recordist
Matt Colleran .... sound recordist
Sergio Diaz .... sound editor
Sebastián Escofet .... re-mixer (as Sebastian Escofet)
Jonathan Fuh .... boom operator
José Antonio García .... sound mixer (as Jose A. Garcia)
Robert Getty .... sound editor
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer (as Nerses 'Auguste' Gezalyan)
Martín Hernández .... sound designer (as Martin Hernandez)
Martín Hernández .... supervising sound editor (as Martin Hernandez)
Michael Hertlein .... sound editor
Anibal Kerpel .... sound recording engineer
Duke Lim .... post sound facility coordinator
Samuel Mendoza .... foley artist
James Moriana .... foley artist
Michael Mullane .... sound editor
Alejandro Quevedo .... sound effects recordist
Brad Sherman .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Sidor .... sound recordist
Unsun Song .... sound recordist (as Un Sung Song)
Jon Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Roland N. Thai .... sound designer (as Roland Thai)
Trevor Ward .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Luis Flores .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Lex Ortega .... sound assistant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Thomas Kittle .... special effects technician
Gary Pilkinton .... special effects technician (as Gary L. Pilkinton)
Kathleen Tonkin .... special effects foreman
Ken Gorrell .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Matt Neel .... special effects (uncredited)
Robert Vazquez .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Will Barker .... digital artist (uncredited)
Derek Ledbetter .... visual effects (uncredited)
Kevin Lin .... digital cleanup artist (uncredited)
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
Brian Smallwood .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Danny Aiello III .... stunt coordinator
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts (as Gilbert Combs)
Chandra De Alessandro .... stunts (as Chandrea Dealessandro)
Chris Durand .... stunts
Andy Gill .... stunts
David M. Graves .... stunts (as David Graves)
Peewee Piemonte .... stunts
Spiro Razatos .... stunt coordinator
Jack Gill .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dana Lee Anderson .... grip (as Dana Anderson)
Steve Anderson .... grip
Robert Anzures .... best boy grip (as Bobby Anzures)
Robby Baumgartner .... gaffer (as Robert A. Baumgartner)
Theodore Y. Bott .... lamp operator: New Mexico
Michael Cruickshank .... camera loader
Joseph Dianda .... key grip
David J. Duren .... lamp operator (as David Duren)
John Farmer .... grip
Robert K. Feldmann .... rigging best boy grip (as Robert Feldmann)
Xavier Grobet .... camera operator (as Xavier Perez Grobet)
Xavier Grobet .... director of photography: second unit (as Xavier Perez Grobet)
Lisa Guerriero .... second assistant camera
Hank Herrera .... grip: New Mexico (as Hawk Herrera)
Michael Jacobson .... rigging third electric
Glenn Kaplan .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Glenn D. Kaplan)
Mark Karavite .... Steadicam operator
Michael Kelly .... lamp operator
Ted Kennedy .... grip
Brad Knopf .... rigging best boy electric (as Bradley A. Knopf)
Jay Levy .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
David 'Louie' Lukasik .... lamp operator (as Dave Lukasik)
Josh Malloy .... rigging third electric (as Joshua T. Malloy)
Eduardo Enrique Mayén .... camera department intern (as Eduardo Mayen)
Lee McLemore .... rigging key grip (as Lee T. McLemore)
Chris Milani .... lamp operator
Merrick Morton .... still photographer
Paul Murphey .... video assist operator
Lee Nakagawa .... lamp operator: New Mexico
Louis Nelson .... lamp operator: New Mexico (as Lou Nelson)
Diego Quemada-Díez .... camera operator
Jim Sheldon .... still photographer
Anthony 'Spike' Simms .... rigging gaffer (as Anthony Simms)
John Stearns .... lamp operator: New Mexico
Josh Steinberg .... grip: New Mexico
Larry Steinberg .... grip: New Mexico (as Lawrence Steinberg)
David J. Thompson .... Steadicam operator (as Dave Thompson)
Peter Walts .... best boy electric
Michael Warren .... grip: New Mexico
Khris Bennett .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Kyle Boorman .... light balloon technician (uncredited)
Robert Duke .... electrician (uncredited)
Andrew Dumas .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Tracy Facelli .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Craig Grossmueller .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Kevin B. May .... electrician (uncredited)
Jonathan Simms .... rigging grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Kathy Driscoll .... casting associate (as Kathy Driscoll-Mohler)
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting (as Barbara Harriss)
Ben Hynum .... location casting assistant
Sarah Tackett .... location casting
Pamela Lynn Thomas .... casting associate (as Pamela Thomas)
E.J. Friedman .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Yancey Prosser .... location casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brenda Anderson .... seamstress
Barbara Lee Brice .... seamstress: New Mexico
Nancy Collini .... set costumer
Holly Davis .... key costumer
Ira M. Hammons-Glass .... costumer (as Ira M. Hammons)
Phillip Howard .... set costumer
Daniela Moore .... costume dyer/distresser: New Mexico
Mark Peterson .... costume supervisor (as Mark A. Peterson)
Riki Lin Sabusawa .... costume supervisor (as Riki Sabusawa)
 
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer: DeLuxe
Steve Bowen .... colorist: EFilm
Douglas Crise .... assistant editor
Ben Estrada .... digital colorist assistant: EFilm
Jeff Roth .... executive in charge of post-production
Hilda Saffari .... digital intermediate producer: EFilm
Keith H. Sauter .... assistant editor (as Keith Sauter)
Paul Tanzillo Jr. .... negative cutter (as Paul Tanzillo)
Brian Ufberg .... assistant editor
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
Joe Hathaway .... digital color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Christine Bergren .... music clearance
Javier Casalla .... musician: violin
Lynn Fainchtein .... music supervisor
Anibal Kerpel .... music editor
Gustavo Santaolalla .... score producer
Jorge Trivissonno .... musician: bandoneon
Beth Rosenblatt .... music consultant (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Deborah Bowden .... driver
Greg Bronner .... driver: New Mexico (as Gregory M. Bronner)
Al Cantu .... driver: New Mexico
Walker L. Chaney Jr. .... driver
James E. Christian .... driver: New Mexico
Drew Clarke .... driver (as M. Drew Clarke)
Arthur B. Crutcher Jr. .... driver
Russell Davis .... driver
Ymelda De Vargas .... driver: New Mexico
Steve Driggers .... driver
Wayne Elliott .... driver: New Mexico
Jesse Esquibel .... driver: New Mexico
Andrew Fiero .... driver
David Florio .... driver: New Mexico
John Anthony Ford .... driver
Chris Gallegos .... driver: New Mexico (as Chris L. Gallegos)
Jerry Gardner .... driver: New Mexico
Bill Girard .... driver (as William Girard)
Walter R. Holmes Jr. .... driver
Clark R. Holmes .... driver
Jerry Jackson .... transportation coordinator
Brian Kay .... transportation captain: Los Angeles
Ivan Kerum .... driver: Tony's Food Service
George A. LeBow .... driver: New Mexico (as George A. Lebow)
John Lybrand .... driver
Vicki Lybrand .... transportation dispatcher (as Vicki R. Lybrand)
Wende Martin .... driver (as Wende L. Martin)
Steve Moffit .... driver (as Steve Moffitt)
Tom Moore .... transportation captain
Carole Nance .... driver
Robert Nickelberry .... driver
Margaret Parker .... driver
Julia P. Prewitt .... driver
Thurston Prewitt .... driver
Eugene Purcell .... driver
Chris I. Quintana .... driver: New Mexico
Kino Quintana .... driver: New Mexico
Candice Rans .... driver
Walter Reece .... driver
Jesse Romano .... driver: New Mexico
Teri Romero .... driver: New Mexico
Neda Rudela .... driver: Tony's Food Service (as Neda Kerum)
Jerry Ted Shelton .... driver (as Jerry T. Shelton)
Daniel O. Wiseman .... driver (as Daniel Wiseman)
Harold L. Woods .... driver
 
Other crew
Doug Acton .... medic: New Mexico (as Doug Neal Acton)
Robyn Adams .... production secretary
Jeanette Agaronoff .... assistant: Mr. Del Toro (as Jeanett Agaronoff)
Stephanie Beman .... craft service assistant
Janey Bergam .... assistant: Mr. Del Toro
David Bethel .... medic: New Mexico (as Dave L. Bethel)
Amanda Blackburn .... stand-in: "Cristina"
Alex Blagg .... location scout
Eva Z. Cabrera .... script supervisor
Steve Cainas .... production coordinator
Jennifer Campbell .... supervising production coordinator
Nick Case .... office production assistant
Alison Cohen .... legal services: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein
Julia Cranston .... post-production accountant
Michele Cusick .... set production assistant
Robert Darwell .... legal services: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
Quinn Donoghue .... unit publicist (as Quentin Donoghue)
Payton Dunham .... assistant to cast
Chris Edwards .... manager of operations: EFilm
Bill Feightner .... vice president of technology: EFilm
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon .... research assistant: Mr. González Iñárritu
Alejandro González Iñárritu .... story collaborator
Josh Goode .... office production assistant
Damon Michael Gordon .... assistant location manager (as Damon Gordon)
Tony Hernandez .... location assistant
J. Elizabeth Ingram .... production secretary
Ivan Kerum .... cook: Tony's Food Service
Tony Kerum .... caterer: Tony's Food Service
Robert Kyle .... stand-in: "Jack"
Teresa Lester .... second assistant accountant
Annaliese Levy .... assistant: Ms. Watts
Lynne Martin .... key set production assistant
Sato Masuzawa .... assistant: Mr. Penn
Kim McCray .... set production assistant
Lawrence B. McIver .... location assistant: New Mexico
Eugenio Montejo .... poet: "La tierra giro para acercarnos"
Lucas Moore .... studio teacher
Megan Moran .... assistant: Mr. Salerno
Len Murach .... location manager
Mark Norris .... production intern
Jennifer Pedevilla .... payroll accountant
Miguel Perez .... catering assistant: Tony's Food Service (as Miguel M. Perez)
Day Permuy .... assistant production coordinator
DeLayne Rasmussen .... production liaison: New Mexico (as Delayne Rasmussen)
Jill Rosenblatt .... first assistant accountant
Neda Rudela .... cook: Tony's Food Service (as Neda Kerum)
Robert Saba .... office production assistant
Rachel Srigley .... office production assistant: New Mexico
Mary Sunshine .... production accountant
Melinka Thompson-Godoy .... location coordinator
Susan Van Apeldoorn .... craft service
Tyrel Ventura .... assistant: Mr. Penn
Matt Weatherly .... production intern
Corinne Golden Weber .... assistant: Mr. González Iñárritu
David Westenberg .... catering assistant: Tony's Food Service (as David Westenburg)
Marty Westenburg .... catering assistant: Tony's Food Service
Cody Block .... stand-in (uncredited)
Lori Block .... stand-in (uncredited)
Stephen Bridgewater .... drama coach (uncredited)
Peter Darchuk .... production assistant (uncredited)
Chad R. Davis .... photo double: Sean Penn (uncredited)
Brian Deas .... stand-in (uncredited)
Payton Dunham .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Charlotte Franklin .... accounting clerk (uncredited)
Gregory Gray .... production assistant (uncredited)
Cody Hanford .... body double: Freddy (uncredited)
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach (uncredited)
Eric Papa .... assistant: Ted Hope (uncredited)
Robert Saba .... location scout (uncredited)
Howard Samuelsohn .... dialect coach (uncredited)
Jessica Scott .... stand-in: Charlotte Gainsbourg (uncredited)
Lisa Vanallen .... key craft service (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Monica Abin .... thanks
Eliseo Alberto .... thanks
Tammy Anderson .... thanks
Amelia Arriaga .... thanks
Carlos Arriaga .... thanks
Marianna Arriaga .... thanks
Maru Arriaga .... thanks
Santiago Arriaga .... thanks
Patricia Arriaga-Jordán .... thanks
D'Army Bailey .... thanks
Walter Bailey .... thanks
Thom Baker .... thanks
Myles Bender .... thanks
Sarah Biondi .... thanks
Scott Blake .... thanks
Adrienne Bowles .... thanks (as Adriene Bowles)
David Brooks .... thanks
Todd Carter .... thanks
Tina Chew .... thanks
Pablo Collado .... thanks
Alfonso Cuarón .... thanks (as Alfonso Cuaron)
Carlos Cuarón .... thanks (as Carlos Cuaron)
Jules Daly .... thanks
Christopher Donnelly .... thanks
Ari Emanuel .... thanks (as Ariel Emanuel)
Ilene Feldman .... thanks
Adam Friedman .... thanks
Hector Gonzalez Gama .... thanks
José Luis García Agraz .... thanks (as Jose Luis Garcia Agraz)
Rodrigo García .... thanks (as Rodrigo Garcia)
Brian Gersh .... thanks
Mimi Polk Gitlin .... thanks (as Mimi Gitlin)
Steve Golin .... thanks
Eliseo Gonzalea .... thanks: Los amo siempre un pelo más ... (as Eliseo 'Peter Parker' Gonzalez)
Maria Eladia Gonzalez .... thanks: Los amo siempre un pelo más ... (as Maria Eladia 'Chiquiuiui' Gonzalez)
Joaquín González .... thanks (as Joaquin Gonzalez)
Blair Green .... thanks
Lucero Gutierrez .... thanks
Pelayo Gutiérrez .... thanks (as Pelayo Gutierrez)
Carlos Hagerman .... thanks
Ricardo Hagerman .... thanks
Bo Hyde .... thanks
Jose Ibarra .... thanks
Armando Iñarritu .... thanks
Luz Maria Iñarritu .... thanks
Lorena Perez Jacome .... thanks
Raymond Ke .... thanks (as Dr. Raymon Ke)
John Lesher .... very special thanks
David Linde .... special thanks
Bryan Lourd .... thanks
Dave Matthews .... thanks
Tom McGuire .... thanks (as Tom Mcguire)
Dave Morrison .... thanks
Susan Murrmann .... thanks (as Dr. Susan Murrmann)
Kathy Nelson .... thanks
Rick Nicita .... thanks
Rosalba Nogueda .... thanks
Sharon Fox O'Guin .... thanks
Raul Olvera .... special thanks
Bruce M. Ramer .... thanks
Carolina Rivera .... thanks
Pedro Rosenbleuth .... thanks
Pablo Rovalo .... thanks
Mickey Rutman .... thanks
Patricio Saiz .... thanks
James Schamus .... special thanks
Elyse Scherz .... thanks
Phillip Schoettle .... thanks (as Dr. Phillip Schoettle)
Linn Sitler .... thanks
Stacey Snider .... special thanks
Manuel Teil .... thanks
Robyn Tucker .... thanks
Antonio Urrutia .... thanks
Lorenzo Vigas Castes .... thanks (as Lorenzo Vigas)
Corinne Golden Weber .... thanks
Jason Weinberg .... thanks
Patrick Whitesell .... thanks
Modi Wiczyk .... thanks
Lucinda Williams .... thanks
Rick Yorn .... thanks
 
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Also Known As:
"21 gram" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language, sexuality, some violence and drug use
Runtime:
124 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Paul finds the photos of Cristina and her husband in a book, the book he is looking at is "Cruising Paradise", a collection of 40 stories about solitude and loss by playwright-actor Sam Shepard.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Cristina Peck wants to give blood to help Paul Rivers, a nurse uses a blood collection system called Vacutainer to collect her blood. This system uses the power of vacuum to collect blood. To do this a vein has to be pricked with the needle and then a tube must be pricked too with the other side of the needle then the vacuum does the rest. In the film we see that the tube is already pricked to the needle, so it wouldn't work.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
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216 out of 230 people found the following review useful.
First engrossing, then moving, 5 November 2005
Author: kylopod (kylopod@aol.com) from Baltimore, MD

Many movies in the modern era have experimented with fractured chronology, but most of the time this technique is used for entertainment purposes only. "21 Grams" is an intense and thoughtful film enriched by this technique, taken to an extreme I've never seen before. We're not talking "Pulp Fiction" here, where a small series of vignettes are arranged out of sequence. Every individual scene in "21 Grams" seems to be distributed almost at random anywhere in the film. You have to concentrate when seeing this film for the first time, because you'll have trouble figuring out what's going on, and even as a plot starts to emerge, some of the details won't be understandable until the very end. But it pays off: this isn't like "Memento" or "Mulholland Drive," where you may need multiple viewings to understand it all. By the end of this film, the story turns out to be quite straightforward. It's like seeing a gigantic jigsaw puzzle gradually pieced together.

Unlike many other films that use this sort of device, "21 Grams" is a character drama, not a psychological thriller. The story would still work if it were told in chronological order. Why the scenes are arranged as they are is not altogether clear, on the surface. I felt like I was watching a mystery, but after everything came together it became evident that none of the mystery was contained in the plot itself. This fact has led some critics to suggest that the scrambled scene arrangement is nothing more than a cute gimmick designed to make the film more engaging. But I believe that the device does serve a legitimate purpose, by drawing out the complexity of the characters and their situations.

Life is not good for the three principal characters, and it isn't getting better. Sean Penn plays a 40-something man with a failing heart, Naomi Watts plays a young woman facing great tragedy, and Benicio Del Toro plays an ex-con consumed by guilt. Penn and Watts come off as ordinary individuals reacting as anyone might under the circumstances, but Del Toro's character is particularly fascinating. He's been rehabilitated through religion, but he's still far from perfect. As a father, he has a scary presence that makes him seem borderline abusive at times. But he has developed a powerful conscience. Is he right to hate himself for what he did? The movie never answers that question. I just appreciated that the film resisted the temptation to make him into a caricature. He is neither hero nor villain. He is simply understandable on a very basic human level, as are the other two characters.

We have the feeling that Watts and Penn are wrong to condemn him as strongly as they do. They do not understand his situation, or that he's suffering just about as much as they are. On the other hand, we as viewers can perfectly understand where Watts is coming from. That's what makes the scrambled scene arrangement so effective: it never allows any one character to gain our total sympathy. By the time we've sorted out the plot threads, we've identified with all three characters on an emotional level while at the same time understanding their faults. These people are trapped in their own limited worlds, and with our omniscient viewpoint we can scarcely blame any one of them for their feelings or actions. We can see clearly what these characters cannot, which is that they are more victims of cruel fate than people who are truly guilty of anything.

What is the movie's message? That people shouldn't be so quick to judge others? That could be one interpretation, but what's nice about the film is that it doesn't hammer this lesson into us. It just tells a moving and stirring tale about complex characters, and viewers can take from it what they please. The title refers to a parapsychological belief about the weight of the human soul, and it's used in this film as a metaphor for the fragility of life. If life is fragile, then it's also precious, and people need not waste their time on vengeance.

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