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Unfinished Song (2012)

Song for Marion (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 22 February 2013 (UK)
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Grumpy pensioner Arthur honors his recently deceased wife's passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she used to belong, a process that helps him build bridges with his estranged son, James.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terence Stamp ... Arthur
Vanessa Redgrave ... Marion
Gemma Arterton ... Elizabeth
Barry Martin Barry Martin ... Timothy
Taru Devani Taru Devani ... Sujantha
Anne Reid ... Brenda
Elizabeth Counsell ... Cheryl
Ram John Holder Ram John Holder ... Charlie
Denise Rubens Denise Rubens ... Marge
Arthur Nightingale Arthur Nightingale ... Terry
Jumayn Hunter ... Steven
Christopher Eccleston ... James
Orla Hill ... Jennifer
Bill Thomas Bill Thomas ... Bill
Willie Jonah Willie Jonah ... Robert
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"Song for Marion", a London-set comedic drama, is about shy, grumpy pensioner Arthur who is reluctantly inspired by his beloved wife Marion to join a highly unconventional local choir. At odds with his son James, it is left to charismatic choir director Elizabeth to try and persuade Arthur that he can learn to embrace life. Arthur must confront the undercurrents of his own grumbling persona as he embarks on a hilarious, life-affirming journey of musical self discovery. Written by Anonymous

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Music is the cure for the common crank... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and rude gestures | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Unfinished Song See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,728, 23 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,697,294, 29 September 2013
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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The choir in the film is played partly by actors, partly by members of an actual choir with little or no previous acting experience. See more »

Goofs

From the end credits: In at least two instances, the word "assistant" is misspelled a-s-s-i-t-a-n-t. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth: I was engaged for a couple of years to a fly boy, a pilot. Never commit yourself to a man in uniform, Arthur, especially if he's surrounded by lots of air hostesses.
Arthur Harris: All men are shits, aren't they?
Elizabeth: I look forward to meeting one who isn't. Present company excluded.
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Featured in Song for Marion: Interviews (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Most Beautiful Girl
Written by Rory Bourke, Billy Sherrill, and Norris Wilson © 1973
Performed by Terence Stamp and Gemma Arterton
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
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formulaic tear jerker
29 January 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Arthur Harris (Terence Stamp) is an angry pensioner taking care of his beloved wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave). He doesn't get along with their son James (Christopher Eccleston). She is sick with her cancer coming back. He hates that she is spending time and energy singing at an old age choir led by Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton). Her sickness gets the best of her and he's forced to help her with the choir.

The movie is very formulaic with simple one-dimensional characters. The comedy is light and not really that funny. There is one good solid joke but nothing much else. There isn't anything wrong with the movie but it's not necessarily great either. It's constantly pulling on the heartstrings and sometimes it hits on some good notes. Terence Stamp is hitting on the anger note very hard. Vanessa Redgrave is brilliant. Gemma Arterton is lovely. Christopher Eccleston has an one-note role. I just wish it has many more funny moments.


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