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A down on her luck woman, desperate to provide care for her daughter, 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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Griffin Gilkyson
R. Nelson Brown ...
Kent (as Rnelsonbrown)
Dillard Brinson ...
Gnome Owner
Jason Diablo ...
Customer #1
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Storyline

In order to escape from the abusive boy-friend, Gary Winston, Jean Gilkyson moves with her young daughter Griff Gilkyson without previous notice to the ranch of her father-in-law Einar Gilkyson in Wyoming. Jean and Einar are disaffected, since he blames her for the death of his beloved son in a car accident. Einar is taking care of his friend Mitch Bradley, who was attacked and seriously wounded by a bear, and he does not know that he has a grand-daughter. While Mitch heals his wounds and forgives the bear, Einar also changes his feelings regarding Jean, finally understanding that accidents happen and accepting her and loving his grand-daughter. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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bear | wyoming | car accident | ranch | friend | See more »

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every secret takes on a life of its own

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

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24 November 2005 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

An Unfinished Life  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$216,658 (Brazil) (17 March 2006)

Gross:

$551,809 (Brazil) (31 March 2006)
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Trivia

Set against the rugged ranchlands of Wyoming, USA; but was filmed in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. The production company licensed the "M" logo of Marion, the design and logos of the police cars, and asked for photographs of police uniforms. See more »

Goofs

When Jean and Griff are first shown driving away, the car is shown going down a gravel road. Griff asks her mom about a couple of towns when the car breaks down. The next shot is Jean, standing outside on a nice paved two lane highway hoping to see another vehicle. The camera shot shows the highway far into the distance with no sign of a dirt road. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Grandpa (Tell Me 'bout the Good Old Days)
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Written by Jamie O'Hara
Performed by The Judds
Courtesy of Mike Curb Company, L.L.C.
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Best acting job of Redford's
27 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought this was Redford's best acting by far. He keeps getting more talented with age. He is my favorite actor. However, he seemed a little wooden and unemotional in some of his past roles i.e. Out of Africa (even though this is one of my favorite Redford movies. The hair washing scene is so sexy!). I was just so impressed with his portrayal of an angry and bitter man. He had a depth to his character that I've never seen him convey before. If you're a Redford fan, you will truly enjoy this gorgeous and thought provoking movie. I wish Redford would win a Best Actor Oscar before he retires.

Also, I think Morgan Freeman brings out the best in his fellow actors. He & Redford have excellent chemistry. Morgan is amazing. He has such a classy and soulful spirit.

Everyone is perfectly cast in the movie. The little girl nearly steals the show from the seasoned actors. It's a must see. I'm looking forward to owning this movie.


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