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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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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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Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Ed Solomon wrote the screenplay over twenty years. See more »

Goofs

During a scene at the soup kitchen, Miles wants help serving the soup and shoots a slice of bread at Manual to get his attention. The bread lands on Manual's tray next to his soup bowl. In the next shot, the slice of bread has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Miles Evans: You think God talks to me? We argue maybe, but He don't participate. It's all right. I'll see Him one day. When I do, I'm gonna whip His holy ass.
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Time Inside a Memory
Performed by John F. Rangel Quintet
Written by John F. Rangel
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Ten for the title alone!
8 December 2004 | by uds3See all my reviews

I can well understand why this misses the mark for so many people. A lack of the dramatics, no "twist" like "The Life of David Gale," retro dialog almost and Kirsten Dunst at her most irritating.

What you have is Billy Bob on another 'one man's redemption' kick, that he does just so well. The film is in the dialog, the gestures, the mannerisms. Holly Hunter's self deprecating comment early in the film when she admits to Billy Bob her expectation of the standards of her sexual partners had been lowered over the years , was one of cinemas greatest ever lines. (You'll know it when you hear it)

Freeman's flaky preacher is a stand-out despite variations to his voice modulation. Again, it all depends what you are expecting out of this film. best you expect nothing my friend - just let it unravel. It is both thought-provoking and emotionally strident.

I enjoyed it very much and would consider a rating of 8 reasonable.


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