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Unconditional (2012)

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A woman's idyllic life is shattered when her husband is killed in a senseless act of violence. As she prepares to take matters into her own hands, two unexpected encounters begin to change everything.

Director:

Brent McCorkle

Writer:

Brent McCorkle
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lynn Collins ... Samantha Crawford
Michael Ealy ... Joe Bradford
Bruce McGill ... Detective Miller
Kwesi Boakye ... Macon
Diego Klattenhoff ... Billy
Cedric Pendleton ... Anthony
Emily Rollins Emily Rollins ... Young Sam
Danielle Lewis ... Denise
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amanda Bailey Amanda Bailey ... Medical Examiner
Michael Beasley ... Manager
Lynn Becker Lynn Becker ... Elementary School Principal
Jacinte Blankenship ... Nurse
Steven Brown Steven Brown ... Snuffy
Claudia Church ... Emergency room nurse
Rodger D. Eldridge ... Detective (as Roger D. Eldridge)
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Storyline

A woman's world is shattered after her sweetheart Billy is murdered in a random act of violence. After this tragic event she starts to dig around to find the killer of her husband. On her quest she reunites with her childhood best friend Joe who runs an after school program for children in his neighborhood.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's not a dead end if it takes you somewhere you needed to go.

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violent content and mature thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Firebird See more »

Filming Locations:

Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$525,192, 23 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,005,800, 23 September 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Based on the true events of Joe Bradford, who dedicates his time on helping African American kids that live in the projects to have goals for their lives. See more »

Quotes

Samantha Crawford: The storms of life there bound to come, but that maybe even in those storms, in the loneliest time of all, you're never really alone.
Samantha Crawford: Love is the most powerful thing on Earth, I've seen what it can do, and it can do amazing things.
Samantha Crawford: Sometime I imagine a world where everyone knows that love is unconditional, and what a beautiful world it is.
Samantha Crawford: I think Billy had it right, that there's truly enough love to go around, all you have to do is share it.
Samantha Crawford: What if God's love is like the sun, constant and ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.113 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Hope Saved My Life
Written and Produced by Aaron Lindsey
Co-Produced by Kendall Duffie
Lead and Background Vocals by Brian Courtney Wilson and Veronica Petrucci
Lead and Background Vocals Produced by Kendall Duffie
Digitally Edited by Jeff Cain
Mixed by Paul Salveson
Mastered by Bob Boyd
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Solid, compelling storytelling, if slightly overdramatized
5 September 2012 | by user-271-555103See all my reviews

I got to see an early showing of this film, and went in knowing very little about it. When a special message for my screening played, describing the process of making it and revealing that it was coming from Harbinger, a media company "created to produce high quality theatrical films that honor God," I groaned a bit internally, fearing a trite, preachy, overly earnest two hours.

The film was wonderful. Beautiful, even.

It tells the story of Samantha Crawford, a woman whose life is falling apart. Her husband has been killed in a senseless incident, and she is severely depressed. Through a seemingly random encounter with two girls, she is reunited with one of her oldest friends, Joe Bradford.

I'm not sure whether or not the character of Samantha exists, but the parts about Bradford are all based on the actual man, who was involved in the production of the film. He is a truly inspiring figure, and the representations of his compassion and love for the impoverished neighborhood he lives in do not feel at all forced.

In fact, none of the film did, except for a small scene toward the end, and each character was well-written and well-portrayed.

I definitely recommend this movie. I suppose some may find it preachy, but it is mostly an examination of love and hope, and how to continue on when they are lost. Or even better, how to regain them. 8/10


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