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Ways to Live Forever (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama, Family | 29 October 2010 (Spain)
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Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs and horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it feels to kiss a girl. And because he has leukemia he wants to know the ... See full summary »


Gustavo Ron


Sally Nicholls (book), Gustavo Ron (screenplay)
6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Ben Chaplin ... Daniel MacQueen
Robbie Kay ... Sam MacQueen
Alex Etel ... Felix Stranger
Emilia Fox ... Amanda MacQueen
Greta Scacchi ... Mrs. Willis
Phyllida Law ... Grandmother
Natalia Tena ... Annie
Ella Purnell ... Kaleigh (as Elena Purnell)
Eloise Barnes Eloise Barnes ... Ella MacQueen
Fiona Dolman ... Gillian Stranger
Matt Stubbs Matt Stubbs ... Mickey Stranger
Maria Moncada Maria Moncada ... Sister Brenda Lee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruth Atkinson Ruth Atkinson ... Film Crew assistant
Trevor Boodoosingh Trevor Boodoosingh ... Undertaker
Keith Braddick Keith Braddick ... Ghost of Grandfather


Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs and horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it feels to kiss a girl. And because he has leukemia he wants to know the facts about dying. Sam needs answers to the questions nobody will answer. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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UK | Spain



Release Date:

29 October 2010 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Als je dit ziet, ben ik dood See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


It's based on the book with the same title written by Sally Nicholls. See more »


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Ways to Live Forever = Way Above Expectations
10 July 2013 | by sarahmonastraSee all my reviews

When I was first offered to watch a pre-screening of this movie, I must admit I was a little hesitant to view it. Normally I stray away from any movies that have to do with cancer. However, I thankfully did decide to watch the film and I am SO glad I did. Ways to Live Forever went way above and beyond my expectations.

Though this movie centers around two boys on their journey of fighting leukemia, the tone is not one of somberness but of joy. Yes, sad scenes and deep questions of life and death occur throughout the film, but after walking away from the movie, I felt, well, joyful. There is an uplifting spirit from this movie that is completely beyond my explanation; the director did a phenomenal job at engaging the audience and pulling them into these boys' lives. Some of the best child acting I've ever seen. Cinematography was beautiful.

I would recommend this film to both teens and adults. If you don't have a desire in seeing it, still see it. I promise you will not be disappointed.

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