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Life Itself -- A documentary that recounts the life of world-renowned film critic Roger Ebert. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself, explores Ebert's legacy -- his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times, his turn as screenwriter of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, his on and off screen relationship with Gene Siskel, all culminating in his ascension as one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
Life Itself -- A documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert.

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Release Date:
14 November 2014 (UK) See more »
Tagline:
The only thing Roger loved more than movies
Plot:
The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
30 wins & 25 nominations See more »
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Cast

 

Martin Scorsese ... Himself

Werner Herzog ... Himself

Ava DuVernay ... Herself

Roger Ebert ... Himself

Stephen Stanton ... Roger Ebert (voice)

Errol Morris ... Himself

Ramin Bahrani ... Himself

Steve James ... Himself

Chaz Ebert ... Herself

Gene Siskel ... Himself (archive footage)

Gregory Nava ... Himself
Marlene Siskel ... Herself (as Marlene Iglitzen)
Nancy De Los Santos ... Herself (as Nancy De Los Santos-Reza)
Donna La Pietra ... Herself (as Donna LaPietra)

A.O. Scott ... Himself
William Nack ... Himself

Thea Flaum ... Herself
Rick Kogan ... Himself
Roger Simon ... Himself
Josh Golden ... Himself

Sonia Evans ... Herself
Jonathan Rosenbaum ... Himself
Raven Evans ... Herself
Richard Corliss ... Himself
John McHugh ... Himself
Bruce Elliot ... Himself

Directed by
Steve James 
 
Produced by
Garrett Basch .... producer
Emily Hart .... co-producer
Steve James .... producer
Lizzie Kerner .... supervising producer
Mark Mitten .... executive producer
Justine Nagan .... executive producer
Zak Piper .... producer
Gordon Quinn .... executive producer
Josh Schollmeyer .... co-producer
Martin Scorsese .... executive producer
Courtney Sexton .... supervising producer
Kat White .... executive producer
Steven Zaillian .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Joshua Abrams 
 
Cinematography by
Dana Kupper (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Steve James 
David E. Simpson 
 
Casting by
Todd Resnick 
 
Art Department
Jenna Caravello .... designer
Genevieve Nicholas .... set dresser
Dan Sharkey .... lead designer: graphics
 
Sound Department
Alison Ho .... assistant sound effects editor
Josh Hunnicut .... assistant sound effects editor
Tim Konn .... audio post supervisor
Drew Levinson .... additional sound
Zak Piper .... sound recordist
Mike Regan .... assistant sound effects editor
Todd Resnick .... German Language Supervisor
Louise Rider .... assistant sound effects editor
Drew Weir .... re-recording mixer
Mark Wilkening .... voiceover recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Michael Matusek .... digital colorist
Elliot Rudmann .... second digital colorist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nora Ballard .... additional camera
Martin Gradek .... additional camera operator
Jackson James .... second camera
Steve James .... additional camera
 
Editorial Department
Ryan Gleeson .... Post Production Supervisor
Will Thwaites .... post-production assistant
 
Music Department
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Billy Sullivan .... musician
 
Other crew
Kristen Allen .... pr assistant: KatLei Productions
Ramin Bahrani .... archival stills and footage courtesy of
Andrew Degner .... production assistant
Ava DuVernay .... archival stills and footage courtesy of
Chaz Ebert .... archival stills and footage courtesy of
Roger Ebert .... archival stills and footage courtesy of
Kazuko Golden .... Intern
Hugh M. Hefner .... archival stills and footage courtesy of
Tim Horsburgh .... director of communications and distribution: Kartemquin Films
Carl Louis Mohr .... production assistant
Susan Muir .... completion bond guarantor
Jake Winter Newberry .... production assistant (as Jacob Newberry)
Suzanne Niemoth .... chief financial and operations officer: Kartemquin Films
Brandon Phipps .... production assistant
Virat Sharma .... production assistant
Marlene Siskel .... archival stills and footage courtesy of (as Marlene Iglitzen)
Beckie Stocchetti .... staff
 
Thanks
Fernando Abadie .... special thanks
Josh Abelon .... special thanks
Carter Adams .... special thanks
David H. Adler .... special thanks
Nathan Adloff .... special thanks
Colby Allen .... special thanks
Monica Angrand .... special thanks
Daniel Aronson .... special thanks
Jerry Aronson .... special thanks
Dave Athey .... special thanks
Patricia Aufderheide .... special thanks
Vlad Avesalon .... special thanks
Ramin Bahrani .... special thanks
Guilherme Baiardi .... special thanks
Michael S Banks .... special thanks
Christopher Beaubien .... special thanks
Eric Beltmann .... special thanks
Kelli Joan Bennett .... special thanks
Craig Bentley .... special thanks
Michael Berlind .... special thanks
K.T. Sullivan & Chris Bing .... special thanks
Nick Bishop .... special thanks
Marcelline Block .... special thanks
Elizabeth Brown .... special thanks
Stephen Michael Brown .... special thanks
Sara Chapman .... special thanks
Casey & Jessie Clausen .... special thanks
Stephanie L. Coats .... special thanks
Dean Codrington .... special thanks
Chico Colvard .... special thanks
Josip Condic .... special thanks
Mary Kay Cook .... special thanks
Sarah Cooke .... special thanks
Jeremy Coon .... special thanks
Lizi Cosslett .... special thanks
Patrick Crowley .... special thanks
Brian Cudiamat .... special thanks
Raven De La Croix .... special thanks
Patrick Degan .... special thanks
Adam Dick .... special thanks
Jed Dietz .... special thanks
Ava DuVernay .... special thanks
Chaz Ebert .... heartfelt thanks (as Chaz)
Roger Ebert .... heartfelt thanks (as Roger)
Jim Emerson .... special thanks
Michael J. Epstein .... special thanks
Víctor Escribano .... special thanks
Anthony Faust .... special thanks
Steve Fenwick .... special thanks
Mark Ferguson .... special thanks
Joe Fishel .... special thanks
Larry Fleming .... special thanks
Judy Galloway .... special thanks
Alejandro J. Garcia .... special thanks
Anre Garrett .... special thanks
Justine Gendron .... special thanks
Matt Genné .... special thanks
Ryan J. Gilmer .... special thanks
Alexis Giusfredi .... special thanks
Carlos González-Salicrup .... special thanks
Scott Griebel .... special thanks
David Haedrich .... special thanks
Alison Hanold .... special thanks
Bryan & Pam Hanson .... special thanks
Ken Harwood .... special thanks
Ted Haycraft .... special thanks
Werner Herzog .... special thanks
Tom Hootman .... special thanks
Raj Jawa .... special thanks
Jeff Johnson .... special thanks
KaiCarra .... special thanks
Cynthia Kane .... special thanks
Jonathan Kellam .... special thanks
David Kilroy .... special thanks
Kristofor King .... special thanks
Nathan B. Kinney .... special thanks (as Nathan Kinney)
Craig Knowles .... special thanks
Nate & Steve Kouri .... special thanks
Ines Lagos .... special thanks
Jason M. Lange .... special thanks
Jennifer Lange-Pomes .... special thanks
Vincent Lasita .... special thanks
Kevin B. Lee .... special thanks
Erik Lehmann .... special thanks
Tom Lehmann .... special thanks
Carrie Litkowski .... special thanks
Billy Luther .... special thanks
David Mandelbrot .... special thanks
Kevin Marinier .... special thanks
Jonathan Marlow .... special thanks
Gisela Marquez .... special thanks
Kristin McCracken .... special thanks
Jennifer R. McZier .... special thanks
Jamie Mendonça .... special thanks
Paul Meyer-Strom .... special thanks
Robert Bryce Milburn .... special thanks
Mike Minetti .... special thanks
Rick Minnich .... special thanks
Mike Moran .... special thanks
Errol Morris .... special thanks
John J. Murray .... special thanks
Tony Muscio .... special thanks
Kevin R. Nash .... special thanks
Steve Norwood .... special thanks
Nick Nylen .... special thanks
Barbara Ann O'Leary .... special thanks
Casey Oliver .... special thanks
Susan Pennell .... special thanks
Mary Lou Petty .... special thanks
Rev. Carroll Pickett .... special thanks
Jeffrey Prawdiuk-Spurr .... special thanks
Dan & Shenan Prestwich .... special thanks
Melanie Provan .... special thanks
Claire Querée .... special thanks
Cornelia Ravenal .... special thanks
Jude Ray .... special thanks
Teme & Jeff Ring .... special thanks
John Rivera .... special thanks
Sarah Rochelle .... special thanks
Michelle Rodda .... special thanks
Jeff Rodgers .... special thanks
Shae Rohrer .... special thanks
John Rotan .... special thanks
Annette Sanchez .... special thanks
John Saroff .... special thanks
Martin Scorsese .... special thanks
A.O. Scott .... special thanks
Amanda Seip .... special thanks
Andrew James Sheldon .... special thanks
David Sidore .... special thanks
Jozef Siroka .... special thanks
Marlene Siskel .... special thanks (as Marlene Iglitzen)
Daniel Skubal .... special thanks
David Styburski .... special thanks
May & Ted Swan .... special thanks
Bank Tangjaitrong .... special thanks
Michelle Tesoro .... special thanks
Darryl Timm .... special thanks
Mitch Tobin .... special thanks
Rev. J. Hollis Tomlinson .... special thanks
Benjamin Turnbull .... special thanks
Lisa & David Ulm .... special thanks
Zac Upstone .... special thanks
Jon W. Vickers .... special thanks (as Jon Vickers)
Selah Victor .... special thanks
Daniel Waterman .... special thanks
Monika Watkins .... special thanks
Charlie Wellock .... special thanks
Michael Wendt .... special thanks
Ryan Werner .... special thanks
Mike White .... special thanks
Jamie Wilkinson .... special thanks
Frank Williams .... special thanks
Andrew Wimsatt .... special thanks
John K. Wozniak .... special thanks
Pearl Wu .... special thanks
Justin John Zarian .... special thanks
Thomas Zimmerman .... special thanks
Nathan Zoebl .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for brief sexual images/nudity and language
Runtime:
120 min
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Argentina:16 (with warning) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Mexico:B | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:M18 | UK:15 | USA:R
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Steve James also directed the documentary Hoop Dreams (1994), which was Roger Ebert's favorite movie of the 1990s.See more »
Quotes:
Roger Ebert:In the past 25 years I have probably seen 10,000 movies and reviewed 6,000 of them. I have forgotten most of them, I hope, but I remember those worth remembering, and they are all on the same shelf in my mind.See more »
Soundtrack:
I'm Your ManSee more »

FAQ

Why is Richard Roeper not in this film?
Does this film discuss the relationship between Siskel & Ebert?
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
"Life Itself", 6 July 2014
Author: Kirk Ostojic from United States

4 out of 4 stars.

I was born in Chicago and raised in the suburbs outside of the city. Although my parents got the Chicago Tribune, I would always go to Roger Ebert's website to see what he thought of the latest movies. I still do if the film was released before his death in 2013. I may not always agree with him, but I respect his opinion. You can tell that he loved the movies from his writings.

It seems right that Roger Ebert should become the subject of a documentary. He's been reviewing movies since the 1960s and has left his mark in cinema. Steve James' documentary "Life Itself" takes its title from Ebert's memoir. Sometimes the documentary feels like an adaptation of the book, just brought into film form. We get to hear Ebert as he recounts his own life tales and loves.

"Life Itself" is a great way to learn about who Ebert was and what he did for the world of cinema. You really get the essence of who Ebert was and what he stood for. There was a lot of love and respect put into this documentary and you can really feel it thanks to James' direction.

We get to see Ebert as a kid to his life in 2012 and 2013 where his operations left him without his voice. We see the love of his life Chaz Ebert, his old friends, filmmakers he inspired, his argumentative relationship with Gene Siskel, and the legacy of his work. We see who he was at his best and all his little flaws. I don't want to give too much away here, because I think it's better to watch this than to be told all this by me.

"Life Itself" is a great documentary about one of the best film critics. I may be biased, because I like Ebert, but I was very moved by this documentary. If you grew up with his reviews or his show with Siskel, I think you'll enjoy this documentary and will walk away learning something new about Ebert. If you don't know who Ebert was, you'll still be able to enjoy this documentary. It's funny and tear jerking and feels very complete. It's an ode to the man so many of have come to admire and love.

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