An Unfinished Life

An Unfinished Life

Lasse Hallstrom (2005)

12 Certificate


Our Score
With a cast that includes Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Lopez, you'd expect this drama from Cider House Rules director Lasse Hallström to provide a modicum of entertainment. Sadly for the audience, that's not the case. Redford plays curmudgeonly Rocky Mountain rancher Einar Gilkyson, who spends most of his time either working alone on his spread or taking care of his bedridden best friend Mitch (Freeman). But when the widow (Lopez) of Einar's dead son (the unfinished life of the title) shows up at the ranch with a granddaughter that Einar never knew he had, routines are interrupted, tensions arise and the inevitable home truths are soon uttered. With its appallingly mawkish and turgid script, saccharine score, overegged performances and perpetually golden-hued cinematography, this must rank as the worst film that Hallström has made for production company Miramax.


An ageing and embittered rancher lets his land and his marriage fall into ruin after the death of his beloved son, whose wife he blames for the tragedy. He passes his time cooped up caring for a sick friend, until one day his daughter-in-law turns up out of the blue with a grand-daughter he never knew he had - changing his life for ever. Drama, with Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Lopez.

Cast & Crew

Einar Gilkyson Robert Redford
Mitch Bradley Morgan Freeman
Jean Gilkyson Jennifer Lopez
Crane Curtis Josh Lucas
Gary Winston Damian Lewis
Nina Camryn Manheim
Griff Gilkyson Becca Gardner
Kitty Lynda Boyd
Director Lasse Hallstrom
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Contains some violence and swearing.Available on: DVD