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Levity (2003)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Manuel Jordan
... Miles Evans
... Adele Easley
... Sofia Mellinger
... Senor Aguilar
Geoffrey Wigdor ... Abner Easley
... Young Abner Easley
... Mackie Whittaker
... Claire Mellinger
Billoah Greene ... Don
Sadiki Burke ... Sadiki
Abede Burke ... Abede
Diego Abella ... Raul
Brent Rogers ... Ty
Cordell Clyde ... Cleve
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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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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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$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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Ed Solomon wrote the screenplay over twenty years. See more »

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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 »

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Sofia Mellinger: You smell like sex.
Manuel Jordan: Well, you smell like puke.
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Performed by Squeak Ru, Dawn & Goldie
Written by Clint Sands and Marcus Moore
Courtesy of Mr. Payback Productions
By Arrangement with Media Creature Music
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The unpredictable results of needing forgiveness...
16 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

A recently paroled convict, who as a teenager shot and killed a young convenience store worker, is left to find his way in society; he's offered a custodial job from a hot-tempered, streetwise pastor, and hopes to connect with the sister of his victim in order to complete the cycle of redemption--but he finds it isn't that easy. Billy Bob Thornton gives a controlled, emotional performance that comes from deep within. The film isn't quite in balance--and has some quirky, uncertain moments near the beginning that either don't ring true or just don't feel natural--but stick with it and you might find resonance in the extraordinary acting and the way the story arcs in just the right way. Terrific casting and performances, atmospheric production and locales, several amazing, emotional moments. *** from ****


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