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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.


Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »



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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was originally going to be directed by Rob Reiner, who dropped out during pre-production for unknown reasons. The film's writer, James C. Strouse, then took over directorial duties. See more »


While the girls have dinner with Uncle John at Dairy Queen, his ice cream sundae appears to be finished and/or partially finished throughout their meal. At the beginning of the conversation that we see, the sundae appears to be finished as he tries to clean the bowl out with a spoon; but in the next shot we see that the sundae is only halfway finished. 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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Grace Is Gone
Music by Clint Eastwood
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Produced by Michael Stevens
Performed by Jamie Cullum
Jamie Cullum appears courtesy of Universal Classics & Jazz, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited
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when a man is notified that his soldier wife fighting in iraq is dead, he has to tell their two little girls.
9 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this is a very sad movie. it's about the American public's relationship with the war in iraq, as told through a middle American family.

great incidental music makes this a tearfest. symbolism make the message clear. great acting makes you care. you heard it here first (flicz-11/07/07): john cusack will win "best actor" for this hands down.

i hadn't seen john cusack in a movie before, but he does a great job in a role that is extremely difficult. i don't think most actors could even attempt to play it.

the movie is not heavy handed or overtly judgemental.

not a good date movie. adult oriented. very sad.

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