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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


"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 »


Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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UK | Germany



Release Date:

22 February 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Unfinished Song See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,728, 23 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,697,294, 29 September 2013
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp did their own singing. See more »


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


Arthur Harris: Shouldn't you be talking to somebody your own age?
Elizabeth: That's it, I dont... I don't have any friends my own age.
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Featured in Projector: Song for Marion (2013) See more »


How Do You Speak to An Angel
Performed by Terence Stamp
Words by Bob Hilliard
Music by Jule Styne
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All Rights on behalf of Stratford Music Corporation
Administered by Chappell & Co., Inc.
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Enjoyed This!
2 July 2013 | by gsawrieSee all my reviews

I saw this show as a screening several months ago, but under the title "Song for Marion." At the time, I told several people about it and recommended it when it came out in wide release.

It reminded me of the 2007 documentary "Young@Heart," where an older group of people form a choir and sing rock and pop music.

This movie follows the lives of an elderly couple (Marion and Arthur played by Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp), their son (Christopher Eccleston) and granddaughter, and the senior adults in a choir led by a young woman (Gemma Arterton), who encourages them to sing pop and rock favorites. At the beginning of the movie, Marion is already in the choir and attempts to get the loving, but sometimes curmudgeonly, Arthur to join.

While the plot was predictable, the characters still warm the heart. The songs selected were terrific, especially when you see the choir members reactions to some of them. It was fun to watch the characters' progression as time went on. Performances by all were amazing!

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