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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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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 »


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 »


[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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