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An Unfinished Life (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 16 September 2005 (USA)
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Desperate to provide care for her daughter, down-on-her-luck Jean moves in with her father in-law from whom she is estranged. Through time, they learn to forgive each other and heal old wounds.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Einar Gilkyson
... Jean Gilkyson
... Mitch Bradley
... Crane Curtis
... Gary Winston
... Nina
... Griff Gilkyson
... Kitty
... Deputy
... Shelter Supervisor
Byron Lucas ... Motorcycle Rider
Trevor Moss ... Griffin Gilkyson
... Kent (as Rnelsonbrown)
Dillard Brinson ... Gnome Owner
Jason Diablo ... Customer #1
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Storyline

To escape an abusive boyfriend, without announcing her plans in advance, Jean Gilkyson takes her young daughter Griff to the Wyoming ranch of her father-in-law, Einar. Jean and Einar are disaffected, as he blames her for the death of his son in a car accident. Einar is taking care of his friend Mitch, who was attacked by a bear, and Einar does not know that he has a granddaughter. While Mitch heals and forgives the bear, Einar also changes his feelings regarding Jean, finally understanding that accidents happen and accepting her and loving Griff. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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every secret takes on a life of its own

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some violence including domestic abuse, and language | See all certifications »

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16 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En dag i livet  »

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Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman previously appeared together in Brubaker (1980), where they played a prison warden and a violent prisoner respectively. See more »

Goofs

In the very next scene it is dark and Jean and Griff are asleep. Jean hears the motorcycle and yells at him. He tells her that the car is done for and offers to take them to South Dakota. Jean tells Griff to just take what she needs, and it shows them filling up her backpack. As the motorcycle rides away leaving them at probably a bus stop, they now have many large bags of clothes with them. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Einar Gilkyson: [talking to raccoon] I heard you interfering little bastards rummage around my yard. I'll thank you for keeping the owls off of my cats.
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Connections

Features Below (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't
(2004)
Written by Shania Twain and Robert John Lange (as Robert John 'Mutt' Lange)
Performed by Shania Twain
Courtesy of Mercury Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Nicely Done, with a flair.
18 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

As I write this review, I think of why I actually decided to see this movie. I came to the realization that it was to see Robert Redford, and Morgan Freeman - two top-notch, class actors. That said, along with the fact that I'm not a very big fan of Jennifer Lopez's, I thought the presence of Redford, and Freeman would be enough to enjoy this movie. I was wrong, not that either Redford, or Freeman's performances were nothing less than excellent, but the job done by Becca Gardner was especially wonderful. In fact, in my opinion, she stole the show. Gardner's portrayal of the Griff Gilkyson character was a special one indeed. And yes I must admit, I even enjoyed Jennifer Lopez in this movie. All in all, a very solid movie that I enjoyed so much. And the best part, it was NOT a remake.. thankfully !!


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