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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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$209,151, 17 August 2003
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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 Jordan: Is there justice?
Adele Easley: For criminals, yes. But for the rest of us? Not unless there's a God.
Manuel Jordan: Do you think there is?
Adele Easley: No. Thank God.
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Thanks to ... Terry & Siobhan ... Cynthia, Evan and Olivia ... See more »


Soundtracks

Taking a Bath in Rust
Written by Mark Oliver Everett
Performed by Eels (as Eels)
Sir Rock-A-Lot Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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One of those films i couldn't help but watch
22 July 2006 | by sebiche_feverSee all my reviews

I don't care what anybody says. I thought these was one of the only films so beautiful in form and attractive in style worth commenting on (besides i comment pure 10s). It is a beautiful story about a man that looks at life after having regretfully sined and figures that in his life, the sin he committed is so wrong, he will never be redeemed, no matter how sorry, or sad or repented he is upon his sin. the beauty of the movie is that it slips behind you and leaves him with the path to ascension before his eyes, proving that no matter the sin, repent and redemption is possible if the soul asks for it and that is what makes this movie oh so beautiful.

With superb acting and directing and an amazingly extremist, harsh yet true look at life that acts as a dagger to the heart of the watcher who knows what he's looking for. Unexplainably good, just lets say tears fell out of my eyes, but not because it was sad, more around its excellence which i believe deserves a room besides those humanistic movies that simply explain just how people are deep down: not quite so bad.


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