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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 & 39 nominations See more »
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Extremely good, extremely powerful See more (543 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)
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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)
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)
Xavier Pérez Grobet .... camera operator (as Xavier Perez Grobet)
Xavier Pérez Grobet .... director of photography: second unit (as Xavier Perez Grobet)
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)
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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Additional Details

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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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film was shot in chronological order (even though it's not in chronological order in its final cut).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Months after the operation, after sleeping with Cristina, Paul still has a "hospital shave" on his chest.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Particka: Episode #6.8" (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Cumbia De Los MuertosSee more »

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145 out of 179 people found the following review useful.
Extremely good, extremely powerful, 21 March 2004
Author: Collaroy-Beach from Germany

I'm actually the opposite of a drama fan- but this movie really touched me, and although it's quite tough to take in, I loved it.

I think above all, one has to bow to Guillermo Arriaga, the writer, as "21 Grams" features probably the best script I've ever seen. I guess the story itself is not that new, but the way how it's done is simply excellent. The first, say, 30 minutes are just scraps- moments in the lives of the three main characters that mean absolutely nothing to the viewer (yet). Adding to that initial confusion is the fact that these scraps are not in temporal order so that in the beginning personally I wasn't sure I'd be able to follow- it was more like a music video that's just not making any sense at all. But then the pieces begin to come together just beautifully until in the end you can see the whole picture. Usually in these episode movies everything comes together at once somewhere in the middle of the film, but in "21 Grams" the viewer puts the pieces together one after another- like a jigsaw puzzle, and every bit as satisfying when everything's completed. This truly is a masterpiece script-wise, and I've never seen anything like it.

That brilliant script is supported by excellent actors. Sean Penn, Naomi Watts and Benicio del Toro are delivering the most convincing acting performance I've ever witnessed. Like when Christina (Watts) screams at Paul (Penn) trying to get rid of all of her anger, frustration, grief and hate: I usually think these emotional outbursts don't seem real on screen, but in this movie it is just deeply touching. I haven't seen "Mystic River" yet, but if Sean Penn was as good as he is in "21 Grams" then the Oscar finally really went to someone who truly deserved it. And Benicio del Toro really is every inch the wonderful actor his reputation claims (I saw him for the first time but had heard a lot of him before, so I was very curious).

Finally, thank you, Mr. Inárritu for putting everything together this nicely. You've made a very impressing 100 % quality movie.

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