An Unfinished LifeDirector: Lasse Hallström
Two generations of a damaged family are brought together in this emotional drama. Einar Gilkyson (Robert Redford) was a once successful rancher whose spread went to seed after he developed a serious drinking problem. Now on the wagon, Einar looks after what's left of his spread with his friend Mitch (Morgan Freeman), a one-time cowhand who never fully recovered after being mauled by a bear. Einar once had a son named Griffin, but he died in a car wreck while Griffin's wife, Jean (Jennifer Lopez), was driving; Einar never forgave her for the death, and he had never met the granddaughter she was carrying until she arrived at his doorstep 11 years later. Jean has become involved with a violent man named Gary (Damian Lewis), and seeks refuge on Einar's ranch for the safety of her daughter, Griff (Becca Gardner). Einar reluctantly takes in Jean and Griff, giving them a place to stay as Jean looks for work and tries to put her life back together. But old trouble makes its way back to town in two ways -- Gary tracks down Jean and wants to make her pay for leaving him, while the bear who attacked Mitch comes down from the mountains looking for new prey. An Unfinished Life was adapted from the novel of the same name by Mark Spragg.
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- Miramax Lionsgate
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- [Wide Screen]
- [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Robert Redford||Elinar Gilkyson|
|Jennifer Lopez||Jean Gilkyson|
|Morgan Freeman||Mitch Bradley|
|Becca Gardner||Griff Gilkyson|
|Damian Lewis||Gary Winston|
|P. Lynn Johnson||Shelter Supervisor|
|Trevor Moss||Griffin Gilkyson|
|R. Nelson Brown||Kent|
|Dillard Brinson||Gnome Owner|
|Bryan Korenberg||Angry Couple Man|
|Jayne Dancose||Nurse Phyllis|
|Bart the Bear||The Bear|
|George Chapman||Production Manager|
|Dennis Davenport||Set Decoration/Design|
|Stephen P. Dunn||Associate Producer|
|David Gropman||Production Designer|
|Graham King||Executive Producer|
|Michael Kirchberger||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Deborah Lurie||Score Composer|
|Tish Monaghan||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Matthew Mungle||Makeup Special Effects|
|Meryl Poster||Executive Producer|
|Michelle Raimo||Executive Producer|
|Matthew Rhodes||Executive Producer|
|Marq Roswell||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Joe Roth||Executive Producer|
|Mark Rydell||Executive Producer|
|Karen Schulz-Gropman||Art Director|
|Virginia Korus Spragg||Screenwriter|
|James Steuart||Art Director|
|Bob Weinstein||Executive Producer|
|Harvey Weinstein||Executive Producer|
|Rudy Zasloff||Sound/Sound Designer|
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There are so many issues in this film that we all face each and every day. This is a must see movie for family night.
This movie provided an insight into human emotion from the life issues it presented. Ones reaction with the death of a child, a single woman who has a child and faces the pitfalls of that position. Another scenerio, how does one cope with being attacked by a wild animal and survive both physically and emottionally. A child who is meeting all of these things from an early age and the profound effect it could have without the adults in her life struggling with their own emotions to help her. Excellent movie with many of lifes events taking place.
So sorry to see no other reviews on this film. I hate to see people miss out on a really nice film. My whole family enjoyed it, including my 18 year old son. It is a wonderful story with great acting. The moral of the story? How about recognizing the beauty in our lives, instead of wasting life feeling bad for what we don't have. I found the movie inspirational. Again, great acting on everyone's part!
I loved this movie! All the cast did a wonderful job, especially young Becca Gardner. Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman were great together, no surprise. I laughed, I cried, and though the story is somewhat predictable, I didn't care. I hope more people hear about it and see it. It is well worth your time. It is sad it was so overlooked when released. With the cast alone, it is hard to understand, but don't miss it now!
This is a very good drama to pass an evening. Good talent all around the cast in this one.
I have never been a big fan of Jennifer Lopez and that was probably one of the reasons I didn't go see this film in the theater.Redford and Freeman are naturally superb and Lopez is much better than I expected. Young Becca Gardner is also very good. This is a gentle film about realizing you can't change the past, only work to make the future better. The sound track is hauntingly beautiful.
Where has this movie been hiding? It is a GREAT movie. Are you kidding me? Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman? I watched it twice in a row when I got it. I laughed, I cried, I was angry. It has it all.
You can't put Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman in a film and come up with a bad flick. It's just not possible. These two add believability and depth to any characters. Well, add the beauty of the Wyoming foothills and mountains as the backdrop and you've got an enjoyable experience for a viewer. "AN UNFINISHED LIFE" is not an Oscar Winner, it's not the best movie I've seen in the last year, but it's a very well done film of love, relationships, forgiveness and redemption, and I'm glad I saw it. I highly recommend it.