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Unconditional Love (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 23 August 2002 (UK)
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After her husband unexpectedly leaves her, Grace Beasley (Kathy Bates) spontaneously travels to Great Britain to attend the funeral of Victor Fox (Jonathan Pryce), a singer she adored. ... See full summary »

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P.J. Hogan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Pryce ... Victor Fox
Ashley Anne Ayer Ashley Anne Ayer ... 'Hitchcock Railway' Dancer
Kaja Stiglic Kaja Stiglic ... 'Hitchcock Railway' Dancer
Lisa Nicole Wilkerson Lisa Nicole Wilkerson ... 'Hitchcock Railway' Dancer
Kathy Bates ... Grace Beasley
Dan Aykroyd ... Max Beasley
Beth Littleford ... Morning Chicago T.V. Host
Amo Gulinello Amo Gulinello ... T.V. Station Intern
Meredith Eaton ... Maudey
Bitty Schram ... Waitress
Charlotte Zucker Charlotte Zucker ... Restaurant Patron
Susan Breslau Susan Breslau ... Restaurant Patron
Brenda Pickleman ... T.V. Guest Fighter
Karen Vaccaro Karen Vaccaro ... T.V. Guest Fighter
William Dambra William Dambra ... T.V. Guest Fighter (as Billy Dambra)
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Storyline

After her husband unexpectedly leaves her, Grace Beasley (Kathy Bates) spontaneously travels to Great Britain to attend the funeral of Victor Fox (Jonathan Pryce), a singer she adored. There, she meets the lover of the dead pop star, Dirk Simpson (Rupert Everett), and convinces him to return to Chicago, Illinois with her to find Victor's killer. Guest appearances by Dame Julie Andrews and Barry Manilow.

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If love takes no prisoners, somebody forgot to tell them.


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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, brief strong language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The china used in the tea house when Grace Beasley (Kathy Bates), Nola Fox (Lynn Redgrave), and the other sisters is Royal Albert Old Country Roses. This china is frequently used in movies where tea is being served. See more »

Goofs

When the killer confronts Grace, Dirk and Maudie under the city, the trio change positions between shots. See more »

Quotes

Dirk Simpson: [in a gun store in Chicago] I'm British and I need a gun.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits tell us that "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" was "sung a little by Kathy Bates" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" was "sung even less by Kathy Bates." See more »

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Features Sally Jessy Raphael (1983) See more »

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How Deep Is the Ocean
Written by Irving Berlin
Crooned Romantically by Dan Aykroyd
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This might be my new favorite "comfort film".
15 August 2004 | by ElfpiperSee all my reviews

I found this film by accident while shopping a sale of used DVDs at my local video rental store. I hadn't heard of it but Kathy Bates is always worth watching, so I didn't even look at the back of the package for the rest of the credits.

I got it home and was hooked from the beginning credits when the singer turns around and it is Jonathan Pryce. (I fell in lurrrrrrrve with his voice years ago in "Jumping Jack Flash, in which he IS just a voice for most of the film.) And even though he sings the most incredibly cheesy songs imaginable here, if there was a soundtrack I would buy it in an instant.

I enjoy movies which aren't easy to categorize. Here on IMDb it is listed as a Drama/Comedy/Musical/Thriller. That sums it up pretty well as far as I am concerned. If you need to have every little thing in a movie spelled out clearly and make perfect sense you will probably not enjoy this one. The whole movie has a slightly surrealistic feel and I loved the way it flows between reality and fantasy. It reminded me of Harry Sinclair's wonderful "The Price of Milk", but that wasn't a film for everybody, either.

Incidentally, no one so far seems to have mentioned the first credited screenwriter, Jocelyn Moorhouse. If you did like "Unconditional Love", you might want to see another film she wrote and directed called "Proof", with Hugo Weaving and Russell Crowe. It also was very strange/odd/beautiful/moving and hard to classify.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 2002 (UK) See more »

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Who Shot Victor Fox See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$489,075
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Avery Pix See more »
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2.35 : 1
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