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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Michael A. Goorjian, Karen Tucker, Bryan Cranston, Richmond Arquette
  • Directors: Michael A. Goorjian
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Gaiam - Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDFLUI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,270 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Donald Baines (Academy Award® nominee and two-time Golden Globe® winner, Kirk Douglas) is a successful Hollywood director nearing death whose life was filled with fame and riches but devoid of love. Haunted by the memory of the son he abandoned and never knew, he is given the opportunity to see three views of his son s journey, each representing a different period in his life. Donald bears witness to the impact that his absence had in son s life and in his inability to find love. Ultimately he is offered the opportunity to alter the outcome of his son s life in this haunting yet beautiful tale of love and redemption.

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This was a very thought-provoking movie.
Mr. Me
These reels take us on three different journeys through the young man's life, each dealing with him and his true love and the difficulties that they face.
fmwaalex
I really enjoyed this movie and it gets better the more you see it.
Sallie Marie

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. Childs on May 27, 2007
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This is an incredible movie. Totally engrossing, well-acted, meaningful, spiritual, with action, romance, and a father-son relationship (or lack thereof)....fabulous! Kirk Douglas plays a movie director near the end of his life. He is taken into an other-worldly cinema, where he watches scenes from the life of the son he never had any contact with, and deeply regrets his lack of involvement in his son's life. The story captured my emotions tremendously. It's both heart-wrenching and uplifting. See this movie!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By fmwaalex VINE VOICE on January 19, 2009
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ILLUSION

Have you ever sat around and wondered to yourself if your life was a movie, something that was being recorded from all angles and edited together once you go. For anyone who has ever thought about that this film is for you because it is all about that concept. I honestly bought this movie based on the fact that Ted Raimi is in it, and even though I was sure it was possibly only a cameo I still had to have it. Thankfully not only is he in the film for a good portion of it he is also a part of a huge moment, and to my surprise the film is also really good. The film while it does touch on many things is really all about the bond between a father and son regardless of whether or not they were together, and about love between two people who were destined to be no matter what got in the way and how long it took.

The story is about a famous movie director that has made a very good living and is nearing his curtain call, the thing is he has no one to leave his empire to because he abandoned his son and the child's mother many years ago. As his time grows closer second by second a friend of his shows up that just so happens to be a dead friend of his, this man it turns out runs the movie theater in heaven. He is in charge of putting people's lives on movie reels and editing them down into the most important parts of their life. It is here that the dying filmmaker is given the opportunity to watch three reels taken from his long lost son's life. These reels take us on three different journeys through the young man's life, each dealing with him and his true love and the difficulties that they face.

The first story is his son in his teenage years as a geeky kinda kid who is the outsider, the cool kids just ignore or pick on him ala every teen movie ever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sallie Marie on July 5, 2007
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The concept of turning this French play into a movie was challenging and I think it was done very creatively. It's really a love story about father who gets to know his son a little too late.. almost. Kirk Douglas is a dynamic actor even in his 80's and a joy to watch. Iam not sure why Bryan Cranston's name is listed under the title as he has a small part. I really enjoyed this movie and it gets better the more you see it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Cade VINE VOICE on May 29, 2008
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People and the relationships we have with them are not always as they seem. A wise person once told me, "There are two sides to every story. And then there's the truth."

A dying man is given the opportunity to watch selected clips from his estranged son's life, and in doing so realizes that all the ideas in his son's head weren't at all accurate. After all, how often in your life have parent and child misunderstood one another?

After watching this movie, you'll feel inspired to reconnect with people you care about, if for nothing else, just to clear away the illusions and love each other in truth.

Chris Cade
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Stephen M. Sagar on September 18, 2007
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This movie was made on a shoe string budget by a novice director (who also acts the co-starring role). It is a haunting love story and a tale of dying with regret and opportunity for redemption. Kirk Douglas apparently was persuaded to act the role of the dying film director as a favor for the director, Michael A. Goorjian, who had struggled to raise the funds. However, the incredible acting of Kirk Douglas makes this a Holywood Hit (mispelling intended)! He is eloquent, humorous, and tragic, all-in-one. Oscar material. What an amazing performance, despite his physical challenges! I also loved the supporting cast...it was a roller coaster of tragedy, yearning, grief....and yes, a classical happy ending (unusual nowadays).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Serket on March 25, 2011
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This is a solid movie. This has an important message because there are a lot of people in Hollywood who seek out fame and fortune and ignore the important things in life such as your family, your morality, and your integrity. Often celebrities have short marriages and illegitimate children. Some let alcohol or drugs destroy their lives. They occasionally support charitable causes only to improve their public image. Several even say harsh words against our country and military without realizing the great sacrifices that have protected our freedom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Kilness on May 6, 2008
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This movie is an example of independent cinema at it's finest. The multi-layered plot, the character development, the compelling performances from Douglas and Goorjian create a story complexity that is lost in mainstream film. This refreshing piece of work makes me excited to see what Michael Goorjian will bring us in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Hirota on October 2, 2008
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This small-budget movie was amazing! The storyline has a little something for everyone. The heart-breaking effort of a father trying to do one last thing to help his son, a son he denied all his life. Pay close attention to the dialogue!I particularly enjoyed the small part of "Vladimir," played by Yevgen Veronin. Worth seeing!
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