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Levity (2003)

Billy Bob Thornton , Morgan Freeman , Ed Solomon  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy Bob Thornton, Morgan Freeman, Kirsten Dunst, Holly Hunter, Manuel Aranguiz
  • Directors: Ed Solomon
  • Writers: Ed Solomon
  • Producers: Ed Solomon, Adam Merims, Andrew Spaulding, Doug Mankoff, Fred Schepisi
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A2ZU3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,011 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Levity" on IMDb

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Academy Award(r) winner Billy Bob Thornton (Best Writing, Sling Blade,1997), Academy Award(r) winner Holly Hunter (Best Actress in a Leading Role, The Piano, 1994), Morgan Freeman and Kirsten Dunst star in the gripping, emotionally-charged story of a paroled murderer's search to reconcile a single, spontaneous moment in his past that changed the course of his life forever. Manual Jordan (Thornton) isa convicted murderer who is unexpectedly released from prison after serving a 22-year sentence for killing a store clerk in a failed robbery attempt. Haunted by his past and seemingly lost in the present, Manual is drawn back to his old neighborhood. There, he encounters three people that hold the key to his redemption: a self-destructive young woman (Dunst), an enigmatic inner-city man (Freeman)and the older sister (Hunter) of the boy he killed.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty in strange packages July 6, 2004
I wish I could fill my library with movies exactly like this. When I first saw this movie, I sort of watched it in shock. Stories of this quality are so rare! First and foremost, this is about forgiveness. Each character in our story feels that they have failed in some way, and they're not sure how to simply make it right. To make peace. Large mistakes, little mistakes, these little devils tend to stay with us, sowing the seeds is discontent.
Manual Jordan (Billy Bob Thorton) is released from jail after 20 years and embarks on a mission to find redemption, although he doesn't really expect to find it. Perhaps it is the journey that is more important to him. He finds a preacher (Morgan Freeman) who is trying to reach a bunch of teenagers and steer them away from the destructive lifestyles they're leading. He runs a makeshift church/soup kitchen across the street from a local dance club.
Manual also comes in to the life of a woman (Holly Hunter) who is trying to steer her son away from the gang street life he is falling in to. By far my favorite piece of this story is played by the beautiful Kirsten Dunst. She is the emotional heart of the story as the confused party girl who dreams of a better life, but has no idea how to get there. Suffering from low self-esteem and an angry alcoholic mother, she drifts closer to harms way each night.
What is story has to offer is emotions in raw form. What would any of us do in extreme circumstances? Most of us will never know. These people do. Most of their lives have been impacted by one form of violence or another. These are decent people inside. People that made bad choices. The road to hell is paved with good intentions they say and little tiny mistakes.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept. Excellent acting. Depressing story. September 6, 2003
The word "levity" is supposed to mean "lightness", but there is certainly nothing light about this stark drama which deals with sin and redemption. Billy Bob Thornton is cast as a troubled man who has just been released from prison for killing a convenience store clerk in a botched robbery 23 years before. He plays the role with quiet stoicism, wears his graying hair shoulder length and speaks in a gentle voice as he returns to the neighborhood where the crime was committed.
Here, he meets Morgan Freeman, a storefront preacher with a secret of his own, and he's given a job as custodian of the place. Kristin Durst is one of the lost young people who he comes in contact with, and in his own simple way, he seems to be making a difference in her life. The person he has come here to meet, however, is the sister of the young man who he had murdered. Holly Hunter is cast in this role and they start to develop a deep friendship, especially when her son gets in trouble and Billy Bob Thornton comes to his aid.
There's a sadness and melancholy to the entire film, which is set on cold dreary winter streets. It's slow, bleak and rather creepy, especially when the hero is visited over and over again by the apparition of the young man who he has murdered. I found the concept interesting, the acting excellent and the story sad and depressing. And yet, it was a fine film.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Bob Thornton In Excellent Redemption Drama... August 23, 2003
If there is a common theme running through Billy Bob Thornton's dramatic roles, it would have to be a man's search for redemption. It can be found in SLING BLADE, A SIMPLE PLAN, THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE, MONSTER'S BALL, THE BADGE, and again in LEVITY, the film directorial debut of screenwriter Ed Solomon. Unlike more 'commercial' actors, who would prefer playing innocent victims framed for crimes (or would be 'heroic' in committing 'justifiable' deeds), Thornton's characters are guilty of their trespasses, and accept their punishment as deserved. This gives his performances a sense of reality that is always interesting to watch.
In LEVITY, Thornton is Manual Jordan, a 'lifer' who has spent over twenty years in prison for shooting and killing a kid during a convenience store robbery, as a youth. The act was not a crime of passion, it was simply an involuntary reaction to a quizzical 'look' the kid gave him, an expression that would bond the two of them for years to come.
When a parole board decides to commute Jordan's sentence ("Why?" he asks, stunned by the decision after saying he was content to remain in prison), the middle-aged man finds himself alone in an alien, indifferent world, with only the kid's 'ghost' as company.
Jordan decides to try and help the victim's sister, Adele (the ageless Holly Hunter), without revealing his identity ("If you're trying to 'hit' on me," she quips, "I have to warn you, over the years, my standards have lowered..."). She has her hands full with a wild teenaged son, and can't quite figure out this taciturn, long-haired vagrant!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MURDER AND ATONEMENT September 1, 2003
New on DVD (August, 03), this overlooked, exceptional film strikes an emotional chord with universal truths.

Based on real events, LEVITY (Columbia Tristar) stars Billy Bob Thornton as a convicted murderer paroled after serving 19 years in prison. Haunted by his spontaneous shooting of a store clerk in a failed robbery, he craves reconciliation and returns to his old inner-city neighborhood where he encounters a troubled woman (Kirsten Dunst), a mysterious street preacher (Morgan freeman) and the sister (Holly Hunter) of the boy he killed.
It's rare that a movie tackles such difficult themes of guilt, forgiveness, reconciliation and atonement with such insight, grace and intelligence.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Another great with Billy Bob Thornton. The cast is wonderful. They all help to portray a timeless story of love and redemption.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars wowowowowowowowow
one of Billy Bob Thornton's best ... Morgan Frreeman is outstanding... this is one fantastic movie... i loved every minute from start to finish... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Peter Fornabaio
5.0 out of 5 stars I often wonder
This movie has a strong social message without being 'preachy.' Wonderful acting, gritty inner-city staging. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Samuel J. Cunningham
2.0 out of 5 stars Feel Good-isms
I'm surprised all these good actors chose to make this movie when the script just doesn't have much to sink their teeth into. Read more
Published 17 months ago by mr. contrarian
3.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - [...] - @tss5078
This movie has an amazing cast, but it was a bit slow moving for me. If this was a book that I could put down and pick up at will, it would have easily been 5 stars. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Todd Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Full of surprises, Billy Bob plays an excellent role along with Morgan Freeman. I found it very entertaining and enjoyable.
Published 21 months ago by Joe Bouler
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent acting
This film proves what that an excellent case can push a overly-sentimental script over the top. Billy Bob Thorton plays Manual Solomon so well it is scary. Read more
Published on May 14, 2012 by Robert D. Goldberg
4.0 out of 5 stars great film
I can see why this film is an aquired taste and how some would find it a waste. Personally i thought this movie was very good and quite moving. Amazing cinematography!
Published on September 20, 2011 by jlw42488
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Take a few classic characters, shake them up in a Yahtzee, cup, roll them out, and you have this film. Let's see... Read more
Published on January 3, 2011 by The Wanderer
4.0 out of 5 stars Where does redemption reside?
How does one make things right? Seek forgiveness? Where does redemption reside and how do you get there? How does a wounded soul reconcile guilt? Read more
Published on August 12, 2010 by Mike Sturak
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