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An Unfinished Life [Blu-ray] (2013)

 PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (608 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (608 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,874 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From the acclaimed director of CASANOVA, CHOCOLAT, and THE CIDER HOUSE RULES ... Academy Awardr winners Robert Redford (Best Director, ORDINARY PEOPLE, 1980) and Morgan Freeman (Best Supporting Actor, MILLION DOLLAR BABY, 2004) star in this powerful story of risk and redemption. Stoic and heartbroken, Einar Gilkyson (Redford) quietly lives in the rugged Wyoming ranchlands alongside his only trusted friend, Mitch Bradley (Freeman). Then, suddenly, the woman he blames for the death of his only son arrives at his door broke, desperate, and with a granddaughter he's never known. But even as buried anger and accusations resurface, the way is opened for unexpected connection, adventure, and forgiveness. Also starring Jennifer Lopez (SHALL WE DANCE?) and Josh Lucas (SWEET HOME ALABAMA, GLORY ROAD).

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121 of 124 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful thoughtful movie September 4, 2005
This is a character driven movie with solid performances from Redford, Lopez, and Freeman. Although it is not a comedy, there are many funny lines and character quirks that make you want to keep watching. Each character is on a journey of healing past wounds and is dependent on the others for guidance and insight. As with the movie 'The Horse Whisper' the beauty of the land is breathtaking. It is a thoughtful movie that doesn't rush anything. I loved this movie and would recommend it if you are willing to be patient with the slow pace of the story.
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215 of 230 people found the following review helpful
Einar (Robert Redford), a crusty old rancher, does what he can to hold onto his Wyoming ranch. It's been a struggle for years; his son was killed in a car crash, his wife left him, and his longtime friend and helper, Mitch (Morgan Freeman) was recently mauled by a bear. Now, Einar has to care for Mitch, administering morphine, helping him recover. Jean (Jennifer Lopez) and her daughter, Griff (Becca Gardner) have to leave Jean's current abusive boyfriend. The only place they can go is the ranch of Griff's grandfather, Einar, who learns of his granddaughter's existence upon their arrival. He doesn't exactly welcome them.

Lasse Halllstrom's newest film "An Unfinished Life" is being dumped by the studio. The first few weeks of September are always a dumping ground. People are too busy with "Back to School" to get excited about movies, so they stay away. The studios clear out some backlog, usually crap, waiting for attendance to pick up. While "An Unfinished Life" is certainly not groundbreaking, it is a very good film, and deserves some audience.

From the moment we realize Redford's crusty old rancher character is going to take in his daughter-in-law and granddaughter, you will be able to predict just about every moment of the extremely predictable story. Something else needs to catch our attention, to keep us watching. That "something" is the performances.

While the stories of Lasse Hallstrom's films ("The Cider House Rules", "Chocolat", "The Shipping News") may veer towards the schmaltzy, maudlin and/ or predictable, he is generally able to get interesting performances from his actors. In "The Cider House Rules", Michael Caine brought his character to life, earning another Academy Award and overshadowing his co-stars, Tobey Maguire and Charlize Theron.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't come any better than this! June 6, 2006
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This is absolutely one of the best films I've ever seen. We almost missed it. Somebody was asleep at the studio when "An Unfinished Life" was released with so little fanfare. The acting is superb, the scenery breath-taking. The story packs a powerful message of forgiveness and redemption. We laughed, we cried. This film has it all. "Brokeback Mountain" pales by comparison. I'm predicting "An Unfinished Life" is going to become a classic.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of the good movies done in the past February 16, 2007
This movie is a keeper. I first viewed it on cable and decided to purchase it. I actually purchased two copies so that I could give one to our neighbors. I just knew that this was the perfect movie for them, so I couldn't not buy them their own copy. Turned out that I was right on...they watched it five times in two weeks, and I received alot of positive feedback from them for the gift. Others that I've loaned it to also really liked the movie. It's not really action packed like so many of today's movies and is somewhat predictable and feel good, but the characters are very likable, and who doesn't like to get a warm feeling from watching a good show once in a while? For anyone who has been brought up in the Western states, it is easy to feel a kinship with some of the characters, because you have met or known some like them at some point in your life. I would definitely recommend this movie.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished Life Indeed! February 5, 2007
Excellent movie all around! This movie is a very good story about pain, guilt and unfinished lives for most of the characters in this movie and how they all get past these issues and move forward with their lives!

A must watch film if you are looking to get away from chick flicks, mindless action flicks, and movie re-makes!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Surprise May 19, 2007
My wife came home with a rented DVD tonight; although I pride myself on trying to keep up with the latest films--what's good, what's not, etc., I had never even *heard* of this film. But I looked at the cast: Redford, Freeman (who is *always* good!), J Lo (yawn--but I was surprised!), etc., I thought "OK, I'll watch".

I was hooked with the opening scene, as a Grizzly Bear wanders through the Wyoming landscape; then, it took a little while for the film to get going, but then it started "clicking". What makes this film work on so many levels is the brilliant acting of Robert Redford (his finest in *years*--he should have been nominated for an Oscar for this one), Morgan Freeman (again, as always), and even J Lo turns in a credible performance. The little girl is very believable, as well.

The film's themes of the importance of family, forgiveness, redemption, etc are handled very well. And all of this against an absolutely gorgeous Wyoming background which was mesmerizing on my Widescreen TV!

This film was HIGHLY satisfying, and I'm going to order it ASAP. Get this and watch it with your family; you won't be sorry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like
I really liked it. . Would watch it again
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the movie
Enjoyed the movie. A good fiction story on what can happen in life and sometimes what it takes to remedy it.
Published 5 hours ago by Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing Robert Redford film!
One of the best kept secrets I have ever seen. Robert Redford gives an incredible performance. Great themes of lives that are deeply wounded and still survive with healing... Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Mtn. Mama
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed it
Published 13 hours ago by StPetePatti
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cast, all around good story
Great cast, all around good story.
Published 14 hours ago by Lani
1.0 out of 5 stars So dull
Typical current Redford type movie. Dull human nature study. With a stars in this, I expected better. Got so bored, I couldn't finish the movie. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Add for Any Movie Collection
I only watched the movie, because of the stars in it. I didn't understand why I had never heard of this movie, with such an amazing cast. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good actors, good topic. Enough said.
Published 19 hours ago by Mrs HVAIII
4.0 out of 5 stars Great relationship movie for Boomers.
Great cast! Might be slow moving for younger folks. Great relationship healing movie.
Published 20 hours ago by A. Aubert
5.0 out of 5 stars Dealing with the Death of a loved one
The death of a son. the death of a husband. the death of a father. put of for WAY TOO LONG. brought to the surface years later the silence broken and the reality dealt with a... Read more
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