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A Long Way Down (2014)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 5 June 2014 (USA)
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Four people meet on New Year's Eve, and form a surrogate family to help one another with the difficulties of their lives.

Director:

Pascal Chaumeil

Writers:

Nick Hornby (based on the novel by), Jack Thorne (screenplay by)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... Martin
Toni Collette ... Maureen
Imogen Poots ... Jess
Aaron Paul ... JJ
Zara White Zara White ... Shanay
Joe Cole ... Chas
Evelyn Duah Evelyn Duah ... Nurse
Therese Bradley Therese Bradley ... Nurse 2
Sam Neill ... Chris
Priyanga Burford ... Reporter
Josef Altin ... Matty
Diana Kent Diana Kent ... Hope
Rosamund Pike ... Penny
Shola Adewusi ... Gladys
Ilan Goodman ... Airline Steward
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Storyline

On New Year's Eve in London, four strangers find themselves on the roof of a building known for suicides. Martin is a famous talk show host just out of jail, Maureen is a lonely single mother, Jess is young, reckless and heartbroken, and JJ is an American realizing the failures in his life. Through mutual pain and humour, this unlikely group take the long way down and figure out what will keep them alive until Valentine's Day, one step at a time. Written by Anne Campbell

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Life is looking up.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adio, dar mai stau putin See more »

Filming Locations:

Camp de Mar, Mallorca, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,426, 13 July 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,093, 25 July 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Emile Hirsch was cast as J.J., but he dropped out, due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

Goofs

When the four are standing on a rooftop in February their breaths can't be seen in the air. This reveals it's in fact a set, shot in room-temperature. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Martin: Anyway, to cut a long story short, I decided to kill myself. That's the trouble with suicides, I've learned you can't cut the long story short, because it's the long story that people are interested in. Especially if you're me, which regrettably I was, and still am to this day. So, forgive me if you already knew this, but I'm Martin Sharp, the man who had everything. One wife, two children, three dogs, at least four People's Choice Awards, and five mornings a week on the most ...
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I Will Survive
Written by Dino Fekaris (as Fekaris) and Freddie Perren (as Perrin)
Performed by Cake
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good comedy/drama
18 September 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Pierce Brosnan stars with Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, and Aaron Paul in "A Long Way Down" from 2014.

Brosnan plays a television celebrity, Martin, who was in prison for taking up with a woman who turned out to be a girl and not 25 as he thought. He was left with nothing, no career and no family.

On New Year's Eve, he goes to a tall building, a well-known suicide place, to jump. While he's struggling with his decision to make the leap, he realizes he's not alone. Maureen (Collette) is waiting for him to finish so she can take her turn. Two other people, Jess (Poots) and JJ (Paul) show up. Popular place, popular time of year to kill oneself.

Rather than do that, the four of them decide to support one another in what they're going through. When discussing when the next big suicide day is, they decide it's probably Valentine's Day.

Martin wants to kill himself for obvious reasons, Maureen has a physically challenged son and she thinks if she kills herself, he will get better care. JJ says he has cancer. Jess has been rejected by her boyfriend.

This is a funny, warm, uplifting comedy/drama. The acting is wonderful. It was so great to see Aaron Paul again after "Breaking Bad." Imogen Poots, the fragile Jess, is gorgeous and gives a poignant performance. As an added treat, her father is played by Sam Neill. Toni Collette is always good, and her scenes with her son were especially sweet. The scene at the hospital was very touching.

You care about the characters finding their way. Highly recommended. The power of love - hard to beat it as a theme.


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