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Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 5 April 2009 (USA)
Dying is hell - and Alvin's going to make sure everyone knows it. Academy Award nominees Seymour Cassell & Alfre Woodard star. AARP Movies for Grownups Award-winner.

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LeVar Burton
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Cast overview:
Seymour Cassel ... Alvin
Johnny Whitworth ... Kevin
Lacey Chabert ... Sarah
Alfre Woodard ... Nurse Evelyn
Adrienne Barbeau ... Valerie
Charlene Blaine ... Nell
Larry Hankin ... Elliot
LeVar Burton ... Nurse Nathaniel
Susan R. Rodgers Susan R. Rodgers ... Nurse Susan
Don Agronsky Don Agronsky ... Crazy Johnny
Kelsey Krosskove Kelsey Krosskove ... Candy Striper
Jennifer Nelson Jennifer Nelson ... Hydro Therapist
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Alvin is a cantankerous old man in a hospice facility, trying to stay amused while he faces his inevitable end. He has memories of a wife he never knew how to love. As he gets to know his roommate Kevin, a young man with terminal cancer, he begins to reconsider what he has left in life. To everyone's surprise including himself, Alvin begins to embrace his final days when he falls in love with a woman who is also dying. Written by Timothy Shary

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Comedy | Drama

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Unrated
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Father and Son
Written & Performed by Paul Nicoll
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simple, yet powerful movie
1 July 2009 | by anspruchsvoiierSee all my reviews

There aren't that many low budget movies out there that neither look nor feel cheap, but this certainly is one of them. The movie doesn't offer huge climaxes, or surprises, but rather offers a nice flow that knows how to take you with it.

You'll get to see a snapshot of the life of an old man and all the things that influence him. Sounds boring, but in fact, it is a very interesting character-heavy film. The persons are very believable and you'll soon forget that you're watching actors. This is basically the highest achievement a movie can reach. Seeing that this was delivered by such a small production is quite impressive. I was surprised to see LeVar Burton's name flashing up as the director in the credits. He sure did a great job on this one.

If you like movies that revolve around real life stories like "About Schmidt", then you might like this movie. I sure do. In fact, I can't really point much out that I would consider sub-standard, bad acting, or plot holes, so this one gets a 9/10.


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English | Polish

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5 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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$100,000, 16 January 2011
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