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An Unfinished Life (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama | 16 September 2005 (USA)
Desperate to provide care for her daughter, down-on-her-luck Jean moves in with her father in-law from whom she is estranged. Through time, they learn to forgive each other and heal old wounds.

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P. Lynn Johnson ...
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Byron Lucas ...
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Trevor Moss ...
Griffin Gilkyson
R. Nelson Brown ...
Kent (as Rnelsonbrown)
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To escape an abusive boyfriend, without announcing her plans in advance, Jean Gilkyson takes her young daughter Griff to the Wyoming ranch of her father-in-law, Einar. Jean and Einar are disaffected, as he blames her for the death of his son in a car accident. Einar is taking care of his friend Mitch, who was attacked by a bear, and Einar does not know that he has a granddaughter. While Mitch heals and forgives the bear, Einar also changes his feelings regarding Jean, finally understanding that accidents happen and accepting her and loving Griff. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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every secret takes on a life of its own

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some violence including domestic abuse, and language | See all certifications »

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16 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En dag i livet  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,008,308 (USA) (9 September 2005)

Gross:

$8,535,575 (USA) (14 October 2005)
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Dedicated to Karin Lyberg-Hallström and Britta Olin, Lasse's and Lena's mothers respectively. See more »

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In the very next scene it is dark and Jean and Griff are asleep. Jean hears the motorcycle and yells at him. He tells her that the car is done for and offers to take them to South Dakota. Jean tells Griff to just take what she needs, and it shows them filling up her backpack. As the motorcycle rides away leaving them at probably a bus stop, they now have many large bags of clothes with them. See more »

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Einar Gilkyson: [talking to raccoon] I heard you interfering little bastards rummage around my yard. I'll thank you for keeping the owls off of my cats.
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Features Below (2002) See more »

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Good Woman Bad
(1993)
Written by Pat McLaughlin and Roger Younger
Performed by Josh Turner
Courtesy of MCA Nashville
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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An Unfinished Life Delivers!
27 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to say that within the past two years I've hard both positive and negative comments on the film adaptation of the book "An Unfinished Life". I for one was extremely interested upon hearing that a movie was being done with Jennifer Lynn Lopez, Robert Redford, and the brilliant Morgan Freeman. This cast for years have entertained me through splendid movies such as Selena, Out of Sight, The Way We Were, and Million Dollar Baby. Although very aware of the skepticiscm of having La Lopez in a film with Oscar performing co-stars, would prove to show ones stubbornness. Lopez gives a knockout performance and I would challenge anyone who says she was miscast for this role. Isn't it the job of the actor to travel outside of their character, and convey the feelings of another. I don't think much is needed to be said about Redford's and Morgan's heartbreaking performances. Lasse Halstrom has outdone himself again, he has brought justice to the splendid novel by Mark Spragg. I trust all of you will give this Oscar worthy movie a shot, before you draw any of your conclusions. 'An Unfinished Life' reminds me of an old family western, filled with heart and emotion. This coming from a guy whose never in his life has been quite so fond of the wild west.


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