Grace Is Gone (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  10 January 2008 (Israel)
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Upon hearing his wife was killed in the Iraq war, a father takes his two daughters on a road trip.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Tyler ...
Captain Riggs
Chaplain Johnson
John Phillips
Boy at Pool (as Zachary Gray)
Woman at Pool
Penny Slusher ...
Ear Piercer
Dana Lynne Gilhooley ...
Grace Phillips
Woman at Funeral


Stan Philipps's wife Grace is a sergeant with the U.S. Army. While she's posted to Iraq, the earnest Stan is home in Minnesota with their daughters, Heidi, 12, and Dawn, 8. He manages a home supply store. After morning visitors bring Stan news, he takes the girls for a car ride that turns into a spontaneous trip to Dawn's favorite place, a Florida amusement park. On the way, they stop at Stan's mother's house, where his brother is staying. Heidi is an insomniac, who tries to fathom her father's uncharacteristic behavior. Dawn is cheerfully unreflective. They have fun at the park. Stan summons his courage. Written by <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief strong language and teen smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 January 2008 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Ella se fue  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,880 (USA) (7 December 2007)


$50,080 (USA) (1 February 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


First film for which Clint Eastwood composed the score without directing as well. See more »


When Stanley turns off the road to do donuts in the farm field, the license plate on his SUV is different than the rest of the film. Also, the trailer hitch appears and disappears from the vehicle in several scenes. See more »


[first lines]
Grace Phillips: [on outgoing message] Hi. You've reached Grace, Stanley, Heidi, and Dawn. We're not home right how, but if you leave a message, we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Grace Phillips: [leaving a message] Hi everyone, it's mom! I just wanted to call and tell you how much I'm thinking of you. Stan, I guess you're at work now. Have you had a chance to go to that group thing yet? I think its a great idea. God, it's hot here. I'm not sure when I'm going to be able to call again. It might be a ...
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References Time Crisis 3 (2003) See more »


Written by Carrick Moore Gerety and Michael J. McCormack
Performed by Everybody Else
Courtesy of The Militia Group
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A fine tribute to those who die in war and those left to mourn.
7 August 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a moving story of a man whose wife, a soldier, is killed in Iraq, and the almost unbearable task placed on him to tell his two daughters, aged 9 and 12, the terrible news. John Cusack played the part of the of the husband of the dead wife, and father of the girls, superbly. I tried to put myself in his position, having to break the news of their mother's death to the two youngsters, and it almost brought me to tears, as the end of the movie actually did.

This movie is a fitting tribute to the young Americans who fight and sometimes die for the country and for the families of those who wait for their return; when sometimes the waiting is in vain.

Whether the war is a just or unjust war or whether it's useless debacle, young men and women die whilst fulfilling what is, in their mind, their duty. The validity of the war detracts nothing from their heroism.

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