Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.


Rob Reiner


Justin Zackham
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Nicholson ... Edward
Morgan Freeman ... Carter
Sean Hayes ... Thomas
Beverly Todd ... Virginia
Rob Morrow ... Dr. Hollins
Alfonso Freeman ... Roger
Rowena King ... Angelica
Annton Berry Jr. Annton Berry Jr. ... Kai
Verda Bridges Verda Bridges ... Chandra
Destiny Brownridge Destiny Brownridge ... Maya
Brian Copeland Brian Copeland ... Lee
Ian Anthony Dale ... Instructor
Jennifer Defrancisco ... Emily (as Jennifer DeFrancisco)
Angela Gardner ... Female Administrator
Noel Gugliemi ... Mechanic (as Noel Guglielmi)


Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find joy in life. Written by r2k443

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When he closed his eyes, his heart was opened See more »

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Rated PG-13 for language, including a sexual reference | See all certifications »

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Rob Reiner and Morgan Freeman independently thought of Jack Nicholson to play the role of Edward Cole. See more »


On the top of the pyramid, Carter says that Egypt is the only place where a dog was struck by lightning. The record object was a meteor, not lightning. See more »


[first lines]
Carter Chambers: Edward Perriman Cole died in May. It was a Sunday afternoon, and there wasn't a cloud in the sky...
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I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling
Written by Fats Waller, Harry Link, and Billy Rose
Performed by Jack Nicholson
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Appreciating life
30 June 2011 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Mechanic Carter Chambers and hospital magnate Edward Cole meet each other in a hospital.They both have a terminal lung cancer.But instead of giving up, just waiting to die on a hospital bed, they decide to go on a journey.They make a list of things to do and places to go before kicking the bucket.The Bucket List (2007) is a comedy drama film directed by Rob Reiner.One of the reasons this movie rises from mediocrity to something better is the main actors, Morgan Freeman (Carter) and Jack Nicholson (Edward).They're both born in 1937 and they really know their game.Sean Hayes plays Edward's valet/servant Thomas.Beverly Thomas is Carter's wife Virginia.Alfonso Freeman (Morgan's real son) plays Roger.Rob Morrow is the doc, Dr.Hollins.This can be quite funny from time to time.I especially enjoyed how Carter kept giving answers to questions on Jeopardy while having a serious conversation.And the whole Kopi Luwak business is quite amusing.Also the drama works in this movie.The Bucket List doesn't make dying such a serious matter.Or at least you can make the best of it.

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Release Date:

11 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bucket List See more »

Filming Locations:

Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »


Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$335,837, 30 December 2007

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