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The Bucket List (2007)

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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.

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Rob Reiner

Writer:

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)
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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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You only live once, so why not die with style? See more »


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Antes de partir See more »

Filming Locations:

Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$161,840, 23 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$93,466,502

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$175,372,502
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1.85 : 1
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At the beginning, Morgan Freeman says, "That was the first time I laid eyes on Edward Cole." This is a copy from The Shawshank Redemption (1994), where Freeman first "laid eyes on Andy Dufresne". See more »

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Edward Cole has normal length hair, only 3 weeks after his head was shaved for the first surgery. See more »

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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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12 January 2008 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Yes, this can be viewed as Hollywood formula with mass appeal and loads of stereotypes and clichés. On the other hand, it can be taken as a very accessible commentary on friendship, companionship and finding the joy in life. I prefer the latter. Either way, it does require a certain suspension of reality. Just ask Roger Ebert, who has made it his personal mission to bash the film.

Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman are both in prime form, and after a string of weak films, director Rob Reiner does a masterful job of keeping Nicholson from going over the top and from having Freeman kill us with sweetness. Even more impressive is the pacing of the early hospital scenes ... nothing is forced, no line of dialogue or shot seems hurried. This is two patients coming to grips with their situation. While the worldly travels are impressive, my favorite parts of the film are the scenes between the two beds in the same room.

On the downside, will someone please tell Hollywood that Morgan Freeman in the cast does not mandate a blasted voice-over from the man? We know he has a great voice, but if the narration adds nothing to the story, please just let the film do its thing.

There are some laugh out loud moments and one-liners, but there are also some strong moments of drama ... death has a way of creating those. This is a combination of road trip, buddy film and coming-of-age ... very unusual for two senior citizens! So while the story line surprises are few, sit back and enjoy excellent acting (including Sean Hayes), wonderful direction and a few life lessons. Good stuff for a movie that all ages can enjoy.


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