An Unfinished Life 2006 PG-13 CC

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Stoic and heartbroken, Einar Gilkyson quietly lives in the rugged Wyoming ranch lands alongside his only trusted friend, Mitch Bradley. 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.

Starring:
Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez
Runtime:
1 hour 48 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Lasse Hallström
Starring Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez
Supporting actors Morgan Freeman, Josh Lucas, Damian Lewis, Camryn Manheim, Becca Gardner, Lynda Boyd, Rob Hayter, P. Lynn Johnson, Byron Lucas, Trevor Moss, R. Nelson Brown, Dillard Brinson, Jason Diablo, Sean J. Dory, Bryan Korenberg, Bonnie Barton, Danielle Dunn-Morris, Sandra Polson
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Excellent movie - great story and very well acted.
Delilah
An Unfinished Life is an outstanding story of a family torn apart by tragedy, yet it finds itself again through love and forgiveness.
Baron Vann
I love the combination of actors, Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, and Jennifer Lopez.
DM

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117 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Leigh Ann on 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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208 of 222 people found the following review helpful By thornhillatthemovies.com VINE VOICE on September 12, 2005
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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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By V. Kneifl on 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Roger D. Hyman on May 19, 2007
Format: DVD
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 28, 2006
Format: DVD
Director Lasse Hallstrom has twice been nominated for Best Director Oscars for "My Life as a Dog" (1987) & "The Cider House Rules" (1999) in addition to the memorable "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" He guides this film with a sure and steady hand that is as unhurried as it is precise. Oliver Stapleton's stunning cinematography captures the beauty of the West. The pivotal character is Robert Redford's Einar Gilkyson whose son died in an auto accident before the film begins. Redford's only Best Actor nomination came in 1973 for "The Sting," but he delivers a seethingly controlled powerful performance as a man haunted by his past yet struggling to make good moral choices. His foil is hired ranch hand Mitch who was mauled by a bear. From his Oscar nominations for "Street Smart," "Driving Miss Daisy," and "The Shawshank Redemption" to his win in 2004 as Best Supporting Actor in "Million Dollar Baby," Morgan Freeman has proved one of our best actors. He has a knack for communicating great depth of character each time he is on screen. Excellent makeup made it a little uncomfortable for me to watch Redford put salve on Freeman's back wounds, but it showed the extent of the injury. Einar faces his past and the loss of his son while Mitch faces his fears about the great bear that mauled him. Since she was driving the car that killed her husband and Einar's son, Jean played by Jennifer Lopez moved away, had a baby, and has gone from man to man and bad to worse in relationships. Damian Lewis from "Dreamcatcher" and the TV miniseries "Band of Brothers" plays the abusive Gary, creepy & manipulative. Jean seeks refuge with Einar only to be stalked by Gary. I find Jennifer Lopez to be a very good actress. She riveted me to the screen in "Angel Eyes" and deeply impressed me in "Enough.Read more ›
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