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Grace Is Gone (2007)

John Cusack , Emily Churchill , James C. Strouse  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Cusack, Emily Churchill, Rebecca Spence, Jennifer Tyler, Susan Messing
  • Directors: James C. Strouse
  • Writers: James C. Strouse
  • Producers: Doug Dearth, Carina Alves, Celine Rattray, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Demetra Diamantopoulos
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013D8LBS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,227 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Grace Is Gone" on IMDb

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In one of his most acclaimed performances, John Cusack makes an astonishing transformation as Stanley Philips, a sad, disconnected man unable to tell his young daughters their mother, a soldier, has died in Iraq. Instead, he takes the girls on a road trip, where their innocent charm helps him rediscover a healing joy he thought he'd lost forever.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Over There" is definitely felt "Over Here" July 6, 2008
Looking for a good tear-jerker? You could hardly find one better than GRACE IS GONE. Topical. Family oriented. It is something of a surprising role for John Cusack who started his career with low-brow comedies (Better Off Dead and One Crazy Summer). But this independent gem shows that Cusack has the wherewithal to spot a solid, dramatic part and run with it. Although Cusack has done some off-and-on stand-up work, things like The Ice Harvest and Pushing Tin were a bit thin on character. But not so here.

And, even more surprising, the film brings two unknowns to play alongside Cusack. The two are also very young girls who show that Dakota Fanning (Charlotte's Web) isn't the only young gal who can act her heart out. Shélan O'Keefe stars as Heidi Phillips, Stanley Phillips' (Cusack's) eldest daughter and does so with astonishing ...grace. Trying to find her way into adolescence while watching her father implode is quite nicely portrayed. Her first attempts at smoking and her nighttime wanderings are something many parents will be able to identify with.

Stanley's younger daughter Dawn is played by newcomer Gracie Bednarczyk, and her portions where she's jousting with her older sister are spot on. Not understanding what's happening to their family is significant in that someone of her age truly wouldn't know.
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Synposis: The '07 release `Grace Is Gone' is an exceedingly sad story of one families loss when Grace, a wife and mother is killed during a military engagement in Iraq. Upon receiving uniformed visitors and hearing those dreaded words, "I regret to inform you..." her husband Stanely (John Cusack) finds himself unable to deal with his own emotions, not to mention those of his two young daughters, twelve year old Heidi (Shelan O'Keefe) and eight year old Dawn (Gracie Bednarcyk).

He decides to take them on a road trip to a place of their choice. Little Gracie wants to go to "Enchanted Garden", an amusement park several days away by car. The journey that ensues becomes a metaphor for the grieving process as Stanley learns to reconnect with his children and find a way to share the bad news. Is he just avoiding the inevitable, or will their time together somehow ease the pain to come teach them to appreciate what they still have, each other?

Critique: John Cusack proves once again that there isn't any role he cannot excel in and the thoughtful, reserved Shelan O'Keefe along with the irrepressible Gracie Bednarcyk are the perfect compliement for this little family unit adrift in a sea of pending grief. This is definitely a mood movie, so if you're not in the mood for a slowly unfolding, somber journey of finding center and re-connect with life this isn't the film for you. However if you've lost a loved one in the military or just in a quiet, reflective space and open to the subject matter `Grace Is Gone' is the film for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars grace is gone February 10, 2008
This is a beautiful film about how a family must adjust once it has experienced a painful loss. this past week, a colleague of mine lost his only child, his daughter, in an accident. he and his wife will somehow have to adjust to living without her, being a pair instead of a three some. I dont know how they will do it - I cant imagine the journey they are on. This film is about that journey, one none of us would choose to take. This is what grace is gone is about: the family affected by loss is a dad, and his two daughters. They live in a struggling middle class life, without amenities, and mom is serving in Iraq. Dad was in the army too, but his eyesight became too bad and he was discharged. This is a patriotic couple - they met while both were serving in the army. he finds out his wife, grace, is killed in action. he has to tell his daughters, but he doesnt know how, because he cant imagine living without Grace...he takes his daughters on a road trip and along the way, the three adjust to life as a three some without mom. Of course, at the end, he has to tell his daughters what has happened. No spoilers here. The movie is beautiful. Well acted. Clint Eastwood wrote the music (!?) this is not anti war, this is not michael friggin Moore crap - it is a story about loss, and hope and...well, grace. I have read lots of negative reviews from hyper jingoists about how this film is anti war, anti bush etc - no, its about loss and continuing to live. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good
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Published 1 month ago by Furmom<3
4.0 out of 5 stars Many times a movie will try to fill in the scene with noise or useless...
The quietness and pace of the movie really captures all the nuances of grief. Many times a movie will try to fill in the scene with noise or useless dialogue that diverts you from... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julie Guardado
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Movie
I just love this movie. The subject matter is difficult, and yet somehow I find myself drawn to watch this movie at least once a year. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cindy M
5.0 out of 5 stars John Cusack is Awesome
I think I may own almost every movie John Cusack has made, he is such an incredible quirky and charming and disarming man that always comes through in some way into the characters... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Margie Marge
4.0 out of 5 stars Grace is Gone with John cusak
I was pleased to receive this item on time and in great condition,as I am not only a big John Cusak fan but a video collector as well. Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. Croasdaile
5.0 out of 5 stars WHOA!
Never heard of this one... got it because Cusack was in it... but man! This one has him in a completely new role! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Therese D. Scoles
5.0 out of 5 stars heart wrenching - great acting
"Grace Is Gone is a 2007 drama film starring John Cusack as a father who cannot bring himself to tell his two daughters that their mother, a soldier in the American army, has... Read more
Published 8 months ago by napahelen
5.0 out of 5 stars Hearfelt from start tofinish
Loved this story. From start to finish you go through the same emotions as the characters in the movie. John Cusack shines as usual.
Published 14 months ago by Tl Omeara
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Terrific movie, one of John Cusak's best films. Well written, superb acting by everyone in the movie. It's funny at times and sad at other times.
Published 15 months ago by Stan
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Life ...
... not an escapist fantasy. (Those are ok too.) Real, everyday, normal people going through something unexpected that shouldn't happen but does. Read more
Published 15 months ago by vta
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