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An Unfinished Life (2005)

 -  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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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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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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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

In Mitch Bradley's (Morgan Freeman) house there's a painted portrait of a black Civil War Union sergeant on the wall. Freeman played Civil War Union Sergeant-Major John Rawlins in Glory (1989). See more »

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In the scene where Griff and her mom are arguing at Nina's house, Griff's hair is in front of her ear in one shot and the next it's tucked behind. 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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Written and Performed by Heather Myles
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Don't miss this movie! How wonderful to see a movie with people facing problems we all face! Great!
4 September 2005 | by (Dayton, Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw a preview of this movie last night. I have been an admirer of both Redford and Freeman for years. They are a marvelous team. I was moved by their banter and by the the caring relationship that is a result of forty years of friendship. Both give Oscar-worthy performances. Jennifer Lopez was surprisingly good as the victim of domestic abuse. The little girl who played her daughter was also excellent.

As my sister and I left the theater, a woman with a clipboard was asking for comments. We both said, "It was great." She answered, "That's what everybody is saying. They liked the story and the actors."

Don't miss this movie! We need more movies that focus on people, not explosions, special effects and gore.

Margaret


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