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An Unfinished Life (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  16 September 2005 (USA)
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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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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


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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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)


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

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Did You Know?


Completed in 2003 but was unreleased until 2005. 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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Broken Heart for Sale
Written and Performed by Heather Myles
Courtesy of Rounder Recods
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Redford's finest hour
17 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some films are able to capture subtleties in a pretty straightforward manner, and this is one of them. With the very capable support of Morgan Freeman, a quite good Jennifer Lopez, and masterful work by Robert Redford, we're treated to a special film, a study of family relationships where things don't appear contrived or staged.

People carry grudges and live with demons for many years; some are unable to even get rid of them. That's the case of Redford's character. Without a way to release himself, he has managed to create a pretty miserable existence for himself. The only redeeming moment arising from the relationship with his best friend.

Things are bound to change with the arrival of his daughter-in-law and the granddaughter he never knew existed. The drama unfolds quite nicely and our hearts are touched along the way. It's a quiet movie, full of lovely vistas and some intense drama. It doesn't pack the punch of "Million Dollar Baby", a film which it's bound to recall because of the Freeman's character dynamics. Give yourself a treat and enjoy Redford in the comeback film of his career.

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