An Unfinished Life Movie Review 2005

Information and Film Reviews for An Unfinished Life the Movie

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Crusty Wyoming rancher Einar Gilkyson (Redford) has a rundown property he works a little with his best friend, Mitch Bradley (Freeman), who has been severely mauled by a bear. This furry nemesis was captured and unhappily resides in a local animal park. (That's the symbolism you're smelling, not the bear.) Jean Gilkyson (Lopez), Einar's widowed daughter-in-law has been abused by her lowlife boyfriend Gary (Lewis) for the last time and unwillingly seeks shelter at the ranch with her tough-talking, 11-year-old daughter Griff (Gardner). Einar, who blames Jean for his son's death, grudging allows them to stay temporarily and gradually thaws towards his spunky granddaughter. Much gruff bonding and a family reconciliation finally ensue (with the bear playing its part). Tomboyish Gardner is a delight, though Lopez has little to do and makes an equally slight impression. Best are the interactions between pros Redford and Freeman, whose characters squabble and fuss like a longtime married couple. Co-writer Spragg adapted from his novel.


Miramax Film Corp., 8439 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069-1921, Phone: (323)650-2937, URL:

Available on DVD
Running time 107 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Bears, Domestic Abuse, Western
Mark Spragg
Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Lopez, Josh(ua) Lucas, Damian Lewis, Camryn Manheim, Becca Gardner
Oliver Stapleton
Lasse Hallstrom, Andrew Mondshein
Christopher Young
Karen Schulz Gropman, James Steuart, Tish Monaghan, David Gropman
Leslie Holleran, Jr. Alan Ladd, Kellian Ladd, Ladd Company, Miramax, Buena Vista

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