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5 Flights Up (2014)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 8 May 2015 (USA)
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A long-time married couple who've spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away.

Director:

Richard Loncraine

Writers:

Charlie Peters (screenplay), Jill Ciment (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Keaton ... Ruth Carver
Morgan Freeman ... Alex Carver
Cynthia Nixon ... Lily Portman
Carrie Preston ... Miriam Carswell
Claire van der Boom ... Young Ruth
Korey Jackson ... Young Alex
Michael Cristofer ... Larry
Diane Ciesla ... May
Josh Pais ... Jackson
Maddie Corman ... Friendly Lady
Miriam Shor ... Cool Lady
Gary Wilmes ... Mr. Vincent
Liza J. Bennett ... Mrs. Vincent
Ted Sod ... Mr. Rahim
Sterling Jerins ... Zoë
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Storyline

A long-time married couple who've spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away.

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Taglines:

The best moves in life are the ones you make together. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

PG-13 for language and some nude images | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

5 Flights Up See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$238,491, 10 May 2015

Gross USA:

$1,020,921

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,679,847
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a novel called "Heroic Measures," it was renamed "Life Itself," then "Ruth and Alex," then "5 Flights Up." See more »

Goofs

The central characters say (two times) that they are buying an apartment on 1st Avenue and 77th Street and when they enter the apartment (also two times) it's clearly off Amsterdam Avenue on Cathedral Parkway, which is around 110th Street in West Harlem/Morningside Heights - more than 2 miles from where they are supposed to be. These two neighborhoods don't look alike at all. See more »

Quotes

Alex Carver: Who would have thought that the whole of my life's work would be worth less than the room it was painted in?
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Ritrovarsi
Performed by Max Calo
Music and Lyrics by Max Calo
Produced by George Acogny and Max Calo
Published by &copy Aloopho Music (Sessiwede Inc.)
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'Who would have thought that the whole of my life's work would be worth less than the room it was painted in?'
20 August 2015 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

It is so refreshing to watch a film with a contemporary story that focuses on older people and their choices and strengths instead of seeing them act foolish or pathetic. Based on Jill Ciment's book as adapted for the screen by Charlie Peters and directed with straightforward good taste by Richard Loncraine, this quiet little film is a wonderful platform for tow of our most respected actors – 69 year old Diane Keaton and 78 year old Morgan Freeman – who create an irresistible chemistry.

Briefly, long-time happily married couple Ruth and artist Alex Carver (Keaton and Freeman) who've spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away, having decided to cash in on their sought-after Brooklyn apartment. The story opens with one of the reasons they feel the need to move after 40 years in the '5 flights up' apartment with no elevator: their little dog Dorothy is having difficulty maneuvering the stairs and ends up with a slipped vertebral disc that requires a Vet's expertise and surgery. They engage Ruth's niece, real estate agent Lily (Cynthia Nixon, who is wonderfully, gushingly obnoxious) and the visits to the apartment begin – all manner of rather despicable lookie-loos traipse through and a decision must be made. Ruth and Alex find an apartment in Manhattan that is one the 9th floor and has an elevator, but issues arise that make them alter their initial decision.

Beautifully understated is the fact that Ruth and Alex are childless, entered an interracial marriage when it was not fashionable to do so, and have grown old together making every day count. They are wonderful and the film does them justice. It is such a pleasure to see two seasoned and gifted actors make such an impressive statement.

Recommended for all those who think happiness is dependent on social media based.


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