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21 Grams (2003)

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A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Paul Rivers
... Cristina Peck
... Michael
Carly Nahon ... Cathy
Claire Pakis ... Laura
... Jack Jordan
Nick Nichols ... Boy
... Mary Rivers
... Gynecologist
... Reverend John
Loyd Keith Salter ... Fat Man
Antef A. Harris ... Basketball Guy
... Marianne Jordan
... Freddy (as Marc Thomas Musso)
... Gina
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Storyline

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. Written by Miguel Cane (Stepford@yahoo.com)

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language, sexuality, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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16 January 2004 (USA)  »

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21 gram  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$274,454, 23 November 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,248,701, 21 March 2004
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1.85 : 1
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The title comes from the work of Dr. Duncan MacDougall of Haverhill, Massachusetts in the early twentieth century. MacDougall weighed dying subjects in an attempt to prove that the human soul was material and measurable. His experiment is widely regarded as flawed and unscientific. See more »

Goofs

When the Private Investigator gives Paul the revolver, he flips it open to show that it is loaded. He then spins the cylinder and we hear a ratcheting sound. When a revolver is open, there is no ratchet mechanism connected to the cylinder...it rotates freely and silently. See more »

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[first lines]
Michael: Check, please.
Cathy: Look Daddy, a volcano.
[Cathy blows bubbles into her soft drink]
Michael: It's very pretty. Drink up your volcano. All right. We're going. Mommy's waiting.
Cathy: Daddy, please. Just one more minute.
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Paul Murphey is credited twice for video assist operator. See more »

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References Toy Story (1995) See more »

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Can I Be Forgiven?
Written by Mike Morgan and Gustavo Santaolalla
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One step short of movie heaven
4 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie is very, very good. Unlike some others I do not think the unchronological storytelling hurts the movie, on the contrary I think that the pieces that the viewer has to put together in order to get the picture of the whole story just make it more interesting.

On the other hand, no matter how good the movie actually is it is one step short of masterpiece. It is like you are climbing to heaven but you cannot make it over the last step. The story is good, the filming is good, the acting is good, but there is still SOMETHING missing for this movie to be added to my hall of all time faves. Maybe it is the music, this film does not have a strong score, maybe all the components do not add up well together... It is hard to describe why, but I was not as stunned as I usually am after watching movies I rate at 10.

Thus, I was deciding between 8 a 9, finally I voted 9 but it is a rather weak one.


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