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Unfinished Song (2013)

Terence Stamp , Gemma Arterton , Paul Andrew Williams  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston, Vanessa Redgrave, Barry Martin
  • Directors: Paul Andrew Williams
  • Writers: Paul Andrew Williams
  • Producers: Alan Howard, Alex Schütz, Alistair Ross, Benjamin Melkman, Bob Weinstein
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Twc
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BEIYM42
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,584 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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take A Sad Song And Make It Better July 10, 2013
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The healing power of music July 12, 2013
This excellent film is about the healing power of music being the key to unlocking expressions of feelings, even in advanced age. The superb British cast performs beautifully, with a masterful, curmudgeonly Terrance Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Eccleston and Gemma Arterton as the vulnerable young music teacher who gives joy and meaning to the lives of her aged choir. Even if the ending is somewhat predictable, it still packs a wallop, with not a dry eye in the theater. Great actors, understated plotting, sensitive direction by Paul Andrew Williams, intelligent dialogue. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Sweet & Yet Powerful Story. February 24, 2014
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I missed this when it was in the theaters for a very short time. I loved the story, the acting was great & I had never seen Terrance Stamp & he clearly is a treasure.... See this one & enjoy...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marion'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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4.0 out of 5 stars Real Movie News DVD review October 5, 2013
By Ryan
Unfinished Song is filled with a predictable and emotionally manipulative material, handled with such grace and dignity by the cast and director that I was constantly surprised by the film's ability to move me. Utilizing music and melodrama in such a way that is never overwrought or exaggerated for effect, Unfinished Song is mild entertainment which creeps up on you in profoundly unexpected ways. Even the supporting characters feel very natural, making it very difficult to notice when anyone is "acting."

Terence Stamp heads up the cast as Arthur, a cranky old man who has become accustomed to his habits and routines with the only person he opens up to, his wife (Vanessa Redgrave). When cancer threatens to take that foundation from Arthur, she suddenly joins an elderly singing group. Arthur is pulled into the group, finding solace in the friendship of the group's young teacher, Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton). Unfinished Song is a film about grief, but manages to keep a light touch on the material.

The music in Unfinished Song is simple but effective, never appearing too polished or unbelievable. There is more heart than talent in the voices, but that works wonders for the sincerity of the film's story. We are not meant to be blown away by the vocal abilities, but instead get swept up in the openness with which they sing their song.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A gem!,,
I wish this film had been publicized so I had been aware of it sooner.I absolutely loved it.The acting by Terence stamp and Vanessa Redgrave,always great,but the secondary... Read more
Published 1 month ago by silence dogood
4.0 out of 5 stars Friend suggested and I am glad!
Vanessa is wonderful as the mother/grandmother who is living her final months joyfully singing in a community choir. She is loved by everyone and you can see why? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carol T.
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking lesson about growing old!
It is so easy to see the faults in our children that we forget to appreciate their good points. Growing old should be a time of enjoying our loved ones (wife, children and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Emmanuel OTOH
4.0 out of 5 stars Senior citizen heaven
Really well done, excellent acting especially by the leading man who had plenty of backup with his many co-stars, liked the story line retirees get a chance to shine one more time,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie
A co-worker recommended this movie to me. Unfortunately I did not get to the theater to see it so I ordered it on-line as soon as it was released. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jodi Ebert
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, touch the heart story
"Unfinished Song" is an unexpectedly beautiful film. The story and the characters are realistic. You know these people. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anne Marie Mahoney
3.0 out of 5 stars Somethings are better left unfinished.
Skips this one unless you enjoy using Kleenex to dry your eyes. Too sad for me...the loss of a spouse is always devastating.
Published 2 months ago by C. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film
I loved the story told in this film, and the acting was just delightful. I would highly recommend this story to anyone.
Published 2 months ago by Hannah E. Kahlke
5.0 out of 5 stars unfinished song
what a beautiful, uplifting movie. I have watched the love of my life die too and I could relate to how he felt at first, but I could also relate to how eventually he found life... Read more
Published 2 months ago by bonnie clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished Song was great
This was a surprising movie, and ran us up and down the emotional gamut from beginning to end. A combative grouch dealing with cancer-ridden wife's desire to live every moment in... Read more
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