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An Unfinished Life (2005)

  • Rate: 7.0/10 total 15,982 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 15 September 2005 (Israel)
  • Runtime: 108 min
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An Unfinished Life (2005)

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  • IMDb page: An Unfinished Life (2005)
  • Rate: 7.0/10 total 15,982 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 15 September 2005 (Israel)
  • Runtime: 108 min
  • Filming Location: Ashcroft, British Columbia, Canada
  • Budget: $30,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $17,995,770(Worldwide)(September 2006)
  • Director: Lasse Hallström
  • Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Deborah Lurie   
  • Soundtrack: Smooth Talk
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Bear | Friend | Car Accident | Wyoming | Ranch

Writing Credits By:

  • Mark Spragg (written by) &
  • Virginia Korus Spragg (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Set against the rugged ranchlands of Wyoming, USA; but was filmed in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. The production company licensed the “M” logo of Marion, the design and logos of the police cars, and asked for photographs of police uniforms.
  • Christopher Young originally scored the film but his score was later rejected and replaced.
  • Dedicated to Karin Lyberg-Hallström and Britta Olin, Lasse’s and Lena’s mothers respectively.
  • In Mitch Bradley’s (Morgan Freeman) house there’s a painted portrait of a black Civil War Union sergeant on the wall. Freeman played Civil War Union Sergeant-Major John Rawlins in Glory.

Goofs: Continuity: In the very next scene it is dark and Jean and Griff are asleep. Jean hears the motorcycle and yells at him. He tells her that the car is done for and offers to take them to South Dakota. Jean tells Griff to just take what she needs, and it shows them filling up her backpack. As the motorcycle rides away leaving them at probably a bus stop, they now have many large bags of clothes with them.

Plot: A down on her luck woman, desperate to provide care for her daughter, moves in with her father in-law from whom she is estranged. Through time, they learn to forgive each other and heal old wounds. Full summary » |  »

Story: In order to escape from the abusive boy-friend, Gary Winston, Jean Gilkyson moves with her young daughter Griff Gilkyson without previous notice to the ranch of her father-in-law Einar Gilkyson in Wyoming. Jean and Einar are disaffected, since he blames her for the death of his beloved son in a car accident. Einar is taking care of his friend Mitch Bradley, who was attacked and seriously wounded by a bear, and he does not know that he has a grand-daughter. While Mitch heals his wounds and forgives the bear, Einar also changes his feelings regarding Jean, finally understanding that accidents happen and accepting her and loving his grand-daughter.Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Su Armstrong known as co-producer
  • Stephen P. Dunn known as associate producer (as Stephen Dunn)
  • Leslie Holleran known as producer
  • Graham King known as executive producer
  • Alan Ladd Jr. known as producer
  • Kelliann Ladd known as producer
  • Meryl Poster known as executive producer
  • Michelle Raimo known as executive producer
  • Matthew Rhodes known as executive producer
  • Joe Roth known as executive producer
  • Mark Rydell known as executive producer
  • Bob Weinstein known as executive producer
  • Harvey Weinstein known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Robert Redford known as Einar Gilkyson
  • Jennifer Lopez known as Jean Gilkyson
  • Morgan Freeman known as Mitch Bradley
  • Josh Lucas known as Crane Curtis
  • Damian Lewis known as Gary Winston
  • Camryn Manheim known as Nina
  • Becca Gardner known as Griff Gilkyson
  • Lynda Boyd known as Kitty
  • Rob Hayter known as Deputy
  • P. Lynn Johnson known as Shelter Supervisor
  • Byron Lucas known as Motorcycle Rider
  • Trevor Moss known as Griffin Gilkyson
  • R. Nelson Brown known as Kent (as Rnelsonbrown)
  • Dillard Brinson known as Gnome Owner
  • Jason Diablo known as Customer #1
  • Sean J. Dory known as Customer #2 (as Sean Dory)
  • Bryan Korenberg known as Angry Couple Man
  • Bonnie Barton known as Angry Couple Woman
  • Danielle Dunn-Morris known as Angie
  • Sandra Polson known as Secretary
  • Dale Kipling known as Cook
  • Jill Teed known as Bartender
  • Jayne Dancose known as Nurse Phyllis
  • Ken Camroux known as Doctor (as Ken Camroux-Taylor)
  • Bart the Bear known as The Bear
  • Natasha Wynnyk known as Hospital Candy Striper
  • Kerry Wynnyk known as Hospital Visitor (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Deena Adair known as hair stylist: Mr. Freeman
  • Ozzy Alvarez known as special makeup lab technician (as Tony Alvarez)
  • Margot Boccia known as makeup artist: Ms. Lopez
  • Chris Burgoyne known as special makeup lab technician
  • Jayne Dancose known as makeup designer
  • Nancy Hancock known as prosthetics and makeup applier: Mr. Freeman (as Nancy Worthen-Hancock)
  • Kris Kobzina known as special makeup lab technician
  • Gary Liddiard known as makeup artist: Mr. Redford
  • Ryan McDowell known as special makeup lab technician
  • Matthew W. Mungle known as special makeup designer
  • Chuck O'Brien known as special makeup lab technician
  • Tena Parker known as hair stylist: Mr. Redford (as Tena Parker-Liddiard)
  • Debra Regnier known as first assistant makeup artist
  • Nancy Steyns known as first assistant hair stylist
  • Vincent Sullivan known as head of hair department
  • Eddie Vargas known as special makeup lab technician
  • Melissa A. Yonkey known as hair stylist: Ms. Lopez (as Melissa Yonkey)

Art Department:

  • Vaughan V. Baker known as head scenic artist
  • Craig Brisker known as construction foreman
  • Karen Brooks known as set decoration office coordinator
  • Chad Calder known as lead laborer
  • Greg Coombs known as lead greensman (as Greg A. Coombs)
  • Susie Cowley known as sign fabricator
  • Andrea Dance known as set dresser
  • Dennis Davenport known as set designer
  • Thomas Digirolomo known as art department assistant (as Thomas M. Digirolomo)
  • Michael Dundas known as paint foreman (as Mike Dundas)
  • Renee Dundas known as painter (as Reneé Dundas)
  • Laurie Edmundson known as lead dresser (as Laurie E. Edmundson)
  • Dwayne Feist known as laborer
  • Mark Haddad known as head greensman
  • Haida Harper known as assistant property master (as Haida Greenleaf Harper)
  • Allan Holmes known as set dresser
  • Paul Jenkinson known as lead dresser
  • Bryan Korenberg known as property master
  • Bill Lammers known as scenic maintenance
  • Franklin Leibel known as scenic artist (as F.M. Leibel)
  • George Lesjak known as lead carpenter
  • Terry Lewis known as set buyer
  • Scott Mathers known as construction buyer
  • Andy Nieman known as assistant property master (as Andreas Nieman)
  • Ryan Ostiguy known as paint lead
  • Giovanni Pasqua known as paint sprayer (as Giovanni A. Pasqua)
  • Jo Petty known as scenic painter
  • David Pirrie known as on-set painter
  • Mathew Pooley known as scenic painter
  • Robert Pratt known as storyboard artist (as Rob Pratt)
  • Samuel Pritchard known as lead carpenter (as Sam Pritchard)
  • Dusty Reeves known as art department coordinator
  • Martin Sigmund known as lead carpenter
  • Macleod Sinclaire known as on-set dresser
  • Camar Sterling known as signwriter (as Camac Sterling)
  • James Steuart known as art director: Canada
  • Faye Thorp known as assistant set decorator
  • Barry Warkentin known as scenic carpenter (as Barry John Warkentin)
  • Mike Websdale known as set dresser
  • Files Wicken known as set buyer
  • Mikal Williams known as lead on-set carpenter (as Mikal T. Williams)
  • Glenn Woodruff known as construction coordinator
  • Doug Poetker known as carpenter (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Miramax Films (presents)
  • Revolution Studios (presents)
  • Initial Entertainment Group (IEG) (in association with)
  • Ladd Company, The (as Ladd Company)
  • Kalis Productions GmbH & Co. Zweite KG (in association with)
  • Persistent Entertainment (uncredited)
  • Unfinished Films

Other Companies:

  • 911 Filmcars  picture buses (uncredited)
  • Abbey Road Studios  music recorded and mixed at (as Abbey Road Studios, London)
  • Alberta Justice  special thanks: Les Arts de Coraties
  • American Humane Association, The  animals monitored by
  • BSX Records  rejected score album released by (limited edition) (piano sketches) (uncredited)
  • Carhartt  special thanks
  • Cheyenne Frontier Days Art Show  posters: "Team Roping," "Cheyenne Thunder," "Chetenne Frontier Days" and "Some Days" supplied by
  • D. Bassett & Associates  negative cutting (as D. Basset Neg Cutting)
  • Dakota Music Services  music copyist (as Dakota Music)
  • Dimension Films  footage: "Below" used with permission of
  • Doug Seus' Wasatch Rocky Mountain Wildlife  owner and trainer: Bart the Bear
  • Eastpak  special thanks
  • Edible Planet Catering  catering (as Edible Planet)
  • Fantasy Studios  foley recorded at
  • Kodak  motion picture film
  • Post Logic Studios  digital film mastering (uncredited)
  • Sound One Corporation  post-production sound facility (as Sound One Corp.)
  • Sound, San Francisco  sound editorial by
  • Spacecam Systems  gyro-stabilized camera system
  • Superb Records  soundtrack released by (uncredited)
  • Thompson-Nicola Film Commission  production services
  • Thompson-Nicola Film Commission  special thanks
  • Trevanna Post  post-production accounting
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)  special thanks
  • Vancouver Hospital & Health Sciences Centre  special thanks
  • Varèse Sarabande  rejected score album released by (limited edition) (uncredited)
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack available on
  • Video Split Productions  video assist equipment (uncredited)
  • Village of Ashcroft, The  special thanks (as The Corporation of the Village of Ashcroft)
  • William F. White International  production equipment provided by (as William F. White International Inc.)


  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2005) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Bioscop (2006) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista International (2005) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Distribution Company (2006) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Eagle Pictures (2005) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Independent Films (2005) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Miramax Films (2005) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Paradise Group (2005) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Shaw Organisation (2006) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Sky Films (2006) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2005) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • TOBIS Film (2005) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Alliance Atlantis Home Video (2007) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Argentina Video Home (2006) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Argentina Video Home (2006) (Argentina) (VHS)
  • DeA Planeta Home Entertainment (2005) (Spain) (all media)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2006) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Eagle Films (2005) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Miramax Home Entertainment (2006) (USA) (DVD)
  • Net5 (2008) (Netherlands) (TV) (first national airing)
  • Nordisk Film (2006) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Tanweer Films (2012) (India) (TV)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Custom Film Effects (visual effects) (titles and digital opticals)

Visual Effects by:

  • Tricia Barrett known as digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
  • Ryan Beadle known as I/O: Custom Film Effects
  • Steve Caldwell known as digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
  • Mark Dornfeld known as visual effects supervisor: Custom Film Effects
  • Michele Ferrone known as visual effects producer: Custom Film Effects
  • Jim Finn known as visual effects consultant
  • Adam Gass known as digital editorial: Custom Film Effects
  • R.J. Harbour known as digital compositor: Custom Film Effects (as RJ Harbour)
  • Shaina Holmes known as digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
  • Lori C. Miller known as digital compositor: Custom Film Effects (as Lori Miller)
  • L. Elizabeth Powers known as digital supervisor: Custom Film Effects (as Laurie Powers)
  • David Smithson known as data wrangler: Custom Film Effects
  • Mary C. Snyder known as digital artist: Custom Film Effects (as Mary C. Hoffer)
  • Amani Williams known as digital compositor: Custom Film Effects

Release Date:

  • UK 19 August 2005 (Edinburgh Film Festival)
  • France 5 September 2005 (Deauville Film Festival)
  • USA 9 September 2005 (limited)
  • Israel 15 September 2005
  • Russia 6 October 2005
  • Spain 14 October 2005
  • Finland 4 November 2005
  • Greece 17 November 2005
  • Italy 18 November 2005
  • Switzerland 18 November 2005 (Italian speaking region)
  • Germany 24 November 2005
  • Austria 25 November 2005
  • Portugal 1 December 2005
  • Switzerland 1 December 2005 (German speaking region)
  • Sweden 2 December 2005
  • Philippines 7 December 2005
  • Netherlands 15 December 2005
  • Denmark 25 December 2005
  • France 4 January 2006
  • South Africa 6 January 2006
  • Argentina 12 January 2006
  • Estonia 13 January 2006
  • Belgium 18 January 2006
  • Switzerland 25 January 2006 (French speaking region)
  • Thailand 26 January 2006
  • Czech Republic 9 February 2006
  • Egypt 15 February 2006
  • Iceland 15 February 2006 (DVD premiere)
  • Mexico 17 February 2006
  • Poland 17 February 2006
  • Singapore 2 March 2006
  • Slovakia 2 March 2006
  • Hungary 16 March 2006
  • Brazil 17 March 2006
  • Kuwait 29 March 2006
  • Peru 8 June 2006
  • Ireland 16 June 2006
  • UK 16 June 2006
  • Turkey 7 July 2006
  • Slovenia 10 August 2006
  • Venezuela 8 September 2006
  • Japan 25 July 2007 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some violence including domestic abuse, and language



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