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An Unfinished Life
- Robert Redford

Overview - Lasse Hallstrom (CHOCOLATE, CIDER HOUSE RULES) directs an all-star cast in this melancholy tale of bitterness and redemption, played out against the beautiful backdrop of rural Wyoming. Jean Gilkyson (Jennifer Lopez) is a single mom on the run from her abusive boyfriend, Gary (Damian Lewis).  Read more...

 
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Overview

Lasse Hallstrom (CHOCOLATE, CIDER HOUSE RULES) directs an all-star cast in this melancholy tale of bitterness and redemption, played out against the beautiful backdrop of rural Wyoming. Jean Gilkyson (Jennifer Lopez) is a single mom on the run from her abusive boyfriend, Gary (Damian Lewis). With nowhere else to go, she and her young daughter, Griff (Becca Gardner), travel to the ranch owned by Jean's father-in-law, Einar (Robert Redford). Jean and Einar have been estranged since the accidental death of Griffin, Einar's son, which he has always blamed on Jean. A crusty old cowboy, Einar lives a rustic existence--working his land, minding his own business, and getting into the occasional noble fistfight on his trips into town. He follows a strict routine that involves paying daily visits to his son's grave and caring for Mitch (Morgan Freeman, BATMAN BEGINS), a ranch hand who has been bedridden since being mauled by a bear a year ago. But when Jean shows up with a granddaughter he never even knew he had, Einar's world begins to change, and old wounds begin, reluctantly, to heal. Meanwhile, Jean gets a job working at the local diner, Gary comes looking for her, and her dalliance with the handsome police chief, Crane (Josh Lucas), just might blossom into something more. But none of them can move on with their lives until Mitch confronts the beast that came close to destroying him. The relationship between Mitch and Einar is the most fascinating aspect of the film: the two men have spent a lifetime together, and though they constantly nag one another, they obviously share a deep bond. Morgan Freeman plays a role that by now comes naturally to him--a beatific wise man who sees into the souls of others, and whose dreams provide a mystical backdrop to the action. The plucky Gardner turns in an unsentimental show-stealing performance as Griff, who coaxes her grandfather back to life and ultimately delivers a message of hope and an intimation of the meaning that can be found in life's random cruelties.

Cast List

David Gropman - Production Designer
Damian Lewis - Actor, BAND OF BROTHERS (2001)
Sullivan Stapleton - actor
Robert Redford - Actor/director/producer
Charles Robert Jr. Redford - Actor/director/producer
Mark Rydell - Director/Actor/Producer
Matthew A. Rhodes - Producer/ AUGGIE ROSE (2000)
Matthew Rhodes - Producer/ AUGGIE ROSE (2000)
James Steuart - Production Designer
Morgan Freeman - American Actor
Mark Spragg - Screenwriter
Joshua Lucas
Josh Lucas
Deborah Lurie - music, GEORGE LUCAS IN LOVE
Graham King - Executive Producer/ TRAFFIC (2000)
Meryl Poster - PRODUCER
Andrew Mondshein - Editor, CASANOVA (2005)
Su Armstrong - LINE PRODUCER
Joe Roth - American Producer/Director
Lasse Hallstrom - Swedish Director
Lasse Hallström - Swedish Director
Alan Ladd Jr. - '90s Producer, son of Alan, Sr., former studio executive
Harvey Weinstein - Film producer
Jennifer Lopez - Actress, SELENA, EL CANTANTE
Jennifer Lynn Lopez - Actress, SELENA, EL CANTANTE
J.Lo - Actress, SELENA, EL CANTANTE
La Lopez - Actress, SELENA, EL CANTANTE
Lola - Actress, SELENA, EL CANTANTE
Camryn Manheim - American Actress, THE PRACTICE
Oliver Stapleton

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 031398135258
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Release Date: February 2012

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Notes:
Theatrical Release: September 9, 2005

Reviews:
"AN UNFINISHED LIFE, like its rural Wyoming setting, is deceptively slow-paced. But, like its feisty main character, superbly played by Robert Redford, it packs a powerful punch." - 09/09/2005 USA Today, p.7D


"[T]he picture has an organic, easy-on-the-eyes appearance that is complementary to the setting and storytelling." - 06/01/2006 Widescreen Review, p.67


"[O]ne of the chief joys of AN UNFINISHED LIFE is the stealth with which it builds to its climax....Oddly affecting." - 07/01/2006 Sight and Sound, p.78

 
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