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Unfinished Song (2013)

Gemma Arterton , Christopher Eccleston , Paul Andrew Williams  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston
  • Directors: Paul Andrew Williams
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BEIYM42
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,590 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Unfinished Song" on IMDb

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Unfinished Song is a funny and inspiring story about Arthur (Terence Stamp), a curmudgeonly old soul, who is perfectly content sticking with his dull daily routine until his beloved wife (Vanessa Redgrave) introduces him to a local seniors singing group. The group is led by the youthful and charming Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton) and her unexpected friendship with Arthur reignites his passion for new adventures and shows us all life should be celebrated at any age.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I saw this film yesterday at the WXPN Music Film Festival in Philadelphia (coordinated by the Philadelphia Film Society). I truly enjoyed it. I'm not sure why Amazon doesn't list the two actors with major roles and well-known names - Terrence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave - in the main listing. But no big deal.

The film is basically a fictional version of the documentary "Young @ Heart" which came out a few years ago. (If you liked that film, you'll enjoy this as well.)It's about a group of British senior citizens who enter a choral competition by singing rock and heavy metal songs. It's funny and heartwarming. There is a serious back-story too which adds to the enjoying. And the music is great with Stamp performing a Billy Joel song and Celine Dion crooning a new Diane Warren-penned song over the closing credits.

I'll certainly await the DVD of this film to see what "bonus features" they added.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.
Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take A Sad Song And Make It Better July 10, 2013
Format:DVD
What a joy it is to see consummate actors of the calibre of Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp on the big screen. And while they may not be the youthful handsome and beautiful actors we remember from "Far From the Madding Crowd" and "Camelot," they remind us that, yes, there is still a beauty in old age. (Watching this film, I was reminded that the great photographer Imogene Cunningham published near the end of her life-- I believe she was at least 90-- beautiful photographs of old people.)

Stamp as Arthur and Redgrave as his wife Marion play two characters in the twilight of their lives and are in a word, brilliant. But Gemma Arterton as Elizabeth, the music teacher, and Christopher Eccleston as Arthur and Marion's son James give outstanding performances as well. (The tension between Arthur and his son James is palpable. And the friendship that develops between the old Arthur and the young Elizabeth is one of the pluses of the film.) The plot is simple and could have been washed out to the British sea by a lesser director (Paul Andrew Williams directs) and less than stellar acting as the actors carry the film. (Elizabeth gets a group of seniors ready to perform heavy metal music for a contest.)

I went to see this movie with some trepidation since the rumors I had heard were that it was a tearjerker and I had heard the words "too sentimental" bandied about. I worried in vain. Of course there are sad moments in this movie-- to experience Terence Stamp singing Billy Joel's "Llullabye (Goodnight, my Angel)" will make you tear up and is worth the price of admission to the movie-- but there are scenes that will make your smile as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Lovely. Lovely. Lovely ... I absolutely adore this movie, written and directed with tremendous heart by Paul Andrew Williams, and have viewed it several times now. It seems I cannot get enough of this well put together story of Arthur (Terrance Stamp) and his wife, Marion (Vanessa Redgrave). While he goes the way of the grouch, the seeming curmudgeon most of the time, and also the one that is difficult to get along with, Marion goes the completely other direction. She spends the small amount of time that she has left very well, she sings along with her friends in a community choir. They are practicing for an upcoming competition, including a solo from Marion, being what she is, a physically and emotionally giving person. You may recognize some of her fellow singers, as I saw some familiar faces in the choir. At the end of the film, we are delighted by a couple of musical treats, although they are quite emotional to get through, they are heartwarming and so worth it.

The choir instructor, Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton, 'Pirate Radio'), definitely has her challenges with Arthur, who never wishes to ever give an inch as far as the health of his wife goes. He wants to make sure he controls everything, doesn't want to loosen that taut grip. Hey, if you hold on hard enough, apply each and every ounce of your strength, then the something you are holding on to can never leave; Right? Elizabeth is great with how she handles the first very gruff, Arthur. She is a miracle in disguise for the up and coming adjustment he must make, and, also, helps with his estranged son, James (Christopher Eccleston), whom Arthur doesn't ever have much time for, but must start including in his life.

This musical group is full of the elderly sect, and they choose one eclectic list of songs to sing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marian's Song February 23, 2014
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It is too bad that this film 'Unfinished Song' came out so late in the game. With the other UK films of baby boomers already seen, this is a bit redundant. That said, the performances by Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave make up for any lessing.

Marion, played by Vanessa Redgrave, has a terminal disease and intends to live her life fully. Her husband, Arthur, as played by Terence Stamp, has always been stoic, no fun, Arthur. Marion is the only one who seems to understand Arthur. Marion loves to sing with her pensioner's group, her friends are there. Arthur drops her by and then leaves or stays outside and smokes. He cares for her, all by himself, he wants to do the controlling. They have a son and a granddaughter, but Arthur never seemed to get on with the boy. As time goes by we get to know the members of the choir, and the young woman leading it. This is a story well told, but it does fall into the dramatic fold. However, I wouldn't really know because tears were streaming.

A lovely British film with a lot to say. It has been said before and is not new, that is why I assume the film did not hit the big time. But for those of us who enjoy these films, it is a winner. I loved the cast, recognize a few faces in the choir, and would love to see this turned into a series. What could be better than old senior farts singing their hearts out?

Recommended. prisrob 02-23-14
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