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Levity (2003)

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After two decades in prison for murder, a man is released on parole and returns to his hometown seeking redemption.

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Ed Solomon

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Ed Solomon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Bob Thornton ... Manuel Jordan
Morgan Freeman ... Miles Evans
Holly Hunter ... Adele Easley
Kirsten Dunst ... Sofia Mellinger
Manuel Aranguiz ... Senor Aguilar
Geoffrey Wigdor ... Abner Easley
Luke Robertson ... Young Abner Easley
Dorian Harewood ... Mackie Whittaker
Catherine Colvey ... Claire Mellinger
Billoah Greene Billoah Greene ... Don
Sadiki Burke Sadiki Burke ... Sadiki
Abede Burke Abede Burke ... Abede
Diego Abella Diego Abella ... Raul
Brent Rogers Brent Rogers ... Ty
Cordell Clyde Cordell Clyde ... Cleve
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Storyline

The film philosophical approach at redemption. The protagonist Manual Jordan has gotten parole from a life sentence for the murder of Abner Easley, and returns to the city he lived in to try to seek redemption. He ends up living and working at a community house run by a preacher, Miles Evans. The film is equipped with beautiful voice-overs about the meaning of life and different philosophies for getting redeemed. Manual also becomes friends with Adele Easley, his victims sister, in an attempt to make up for what he did. While working at the home he has interactions with Sofia Mellinger, the druggie daughter of a famous singer, struggling with the lack of adult guidance in her life. Written by Dave Samuelson

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 2003 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Forsoningens tid See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,599, 6 April 2003

Gross USA:

$209,695

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$723,040
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although the film was shot entirely in Montreal, Quebec, in one of the final scenes, as Manuel has entered the Metro, and it is leaving the station, the map seen inside the train is, in fact, a map of the central Washington, D.C. area. See more »

Goofs

While some have commented that Morgan Freeman's voice changes dramatically throughout the film, it is a major plot point that he is living a lie, living under an assumed identity and not particularly good at it. It is related to the theme of doing good, even though you may not be particularly good at it, nor be able to continue doing it for very long. It sounds unnatural for Morgan because it is unnatural for his character. See more »

Quotes

[Manuel notices a photo of Adele's brother]
Adele Easley: My brother. He's a statistic.
Manuel Jordan: I'm sorry.
Adele Easley: I know. Everybody is.
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Thanks to ... Terry & Siobhan ... Cynthia, Evan and Olivia ... See more »


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I Wonder How I'm Gonna Die
Performed by Squeak Ru
Written by Clint Sands, Marcus Moore and Robert Nolan Green Jr. (as Robert Green Jr.)
Courtesy of Mr. Payback Productions
By Arrangement with Media Creature Music
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Billy Bob Thornton In Another Redemption Drama...
23 August 2003 | by cariartSee all my reviews

If there is a common theme running through Billy Bob Thornton's dramatic roles, it would have to be a man's search for redemption. It can be found in SLING BLADE, A SIMPLE PLAN, THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE, MONSTER'S BALL, THE BADGE, and again in LEVITY, the film directorial debut of screenwriter Ed Solomon. Unlike more 'commercial' actors, who would prefer playing innocent victims framed for crimes (or would be 'heroic' in committing 'justifiable' deeds), Thornton's characters are guilty of their trespasses, and accept their punishment as deserved. This gives his performances a sense of reality that is always interesting to watch.

In LEVITY, Thornton is Manual Jordan, a 'lifer' who has spent over twenty years in prison for shooting and killing a kid during a convenience store robbery, as a youth. The act was not a crime of passion, it was simply an involuntary reaction to a quizzical 'look' the kid gave him, an expression that would bond the two of them for years to come.

When a parole board decides to commute Jordan's sentence ("Why?" he asks, stunned by the decision after saying he was content to remain in prison), the middle-aged man finds himself alone in an alien, indifferent world, with only the kid's 'ghost' as company.

Jordan decides to try and help the victim's sister, Adele (the ageless Holly Hunter), without revealing his identity ("If you're trying to 'hit' on me," she quips, "I have to warn you, over the years, my standards have lowered..."). She has her hands full with a wild teenaged son, and can't quite figure out this taciturn, long-haired vagrant!

Answering a ringing pay phone, Jordan finds his way to a jaded lay minister (Morgan Freeman, excellent, as always), who, recognizing him as an ex-con, provides him with a place to stay, and a job, cleaning and directing teens from a dance club into the broken-down mission he runs, next door. When Jordan tells the old preacher that he doesn't believe in God, the old man snaps, "I'm not asking you to! I'm asking you to work!" One of the rowdy 'club' teens (Kirsten Dunst), the daughter of a 'one-hit wonder' singer on the skids, finds herself drawn to Jordan, despite his obvious disapproval of her lifestyle.

As with all the best 'indies', there is a richness of character in LEVITY, with each actor in top form. Subtly building to a surprising revelation and an emotional climax, the film may not appeal to audiences who prefer pyrotechnics to plot, but if you like movies with believable characters, and an involving story that unfolds at it's own pace, you may find it to be a very rewarding experience!


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