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An Unfinished Life (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama | 16 September 2005 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Winston
P. Lynn Johnson ...
Shelter Supervisor
Byron Lucas ...
Motorcycle Rider
Trevor Moss ...
Griffin Gilkyson
R. Nelson Brown ...
Kent (as Rnelsonbrown)
Dillard Brinson ...
Gnome Owner
Customer #1


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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En dag i livet  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$8,535,575 (USA) (14 October 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 1966 Mercury truck used in film was only sold in Canada, the actual shooting location. See more »


Morphine Sulfate, a potent Schedule II narcotic was seen being retrieved from the refrigerator for Mitch's needed dose. Unless from a foreign source, these bottles did not have the required markings for a controlled substance in the USA. See more »


[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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Nicely Done, with a flair.
18 September 2005 | by (Somerset County, NJ) – See all my reviews

As I write this review, I think of why I actually decided to see this movie. I came to the realization that it was to see Robert Redford, and Morgan Freeman - two top-notch, class actors. That said, along with the fact that I'm not a very big fan of Jennifer Lopez's, I thought the presence of Redford, and Freeman would be enough to enjoy this movie. I was wrong, not that either Redford, or Freeman's performances were nothing less than excellent, but the job done by Becca Gardner was especially wonderful. In fact, in my opinion, she stole the show. Gardner's portrayal of the Griff Gilkyson character was a special one indeed. And yes I must admit, I even enjoyed Jennifer Lopez in this movie. All in all, a very solid movie that I enjoyed so much. And the best part, it was NOT a remake.. thankfully !!

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