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21 Grams (2003)

A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con.
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Laura
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Nick Nichols ...
Boy
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Gynecologist
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Loyd Keith Salter ...
Fat Man
Antef A. Harris ...
Basketball Guy
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Freddy (as Marc Thomas Musso)
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This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. Written by Miguel Cane (Stepford@yahoo.com)

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How much does life weigh? See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language, sexuality, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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16 January 2004 (USA)  »

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21 gram  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$274,454 (USA) (23 November 2003)

Gross:

$16,248,701 (USA) (21 March 2004)
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Trivia

The Spanish-language dedication to María Eladia at the end, "pues cuando ardió la pérdida, reverdecieron sus maizales," translates literally as "for when the loss burned, their cornfields became green again." See more »

Goofs

The poster for the movie states that 21 grams is the weight of a stack of nickles, a chocolate bar, or a hummingbird. A U.S. nickle is 2.5 grams, the same weight of a hummingbird, so 21 grams would be about 8.4 of either (which would be impossible unless you cut one nickel in half). A standard Hershey's chocolate bar is 43 grams, and many other brands weigh even more, making 21 grams less than half of a chocolate bar. See more »

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[first lines]
Michael: Check, please.
Cathy: Look Daddy, a volcano.
[Cathy blows bubbles into her soft drink]
Michael: It's very pretty. Drink up your volcano. All right. We're going. Mommy's waiting.
Cathy: Daddy, please. Just one more minute.
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Paul Murphey is credited twice for video assist operator. See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.6 (2005) See more »

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Cumbia De Los Muertos
(1998)
Written by Asdrubal Sierra, Chali 2na, William Abers (as Willy Abers),
Raul Pacheco (as Raul Pacheco Jr.), Ulises Bella (as Ulises Baldomero Bella),
, Jose Espinosa (as Jose Ines Espinosa), William Marrufo, Justin Poree,
, Jiro Yamaguchi and Cut Chemist (as Lucas Christian MacFadden)
Performed by Ozomatli
Courtesy of Almo Sounds, Inc.
By Arrangement with Natural Energy Lab
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mixes times to hide the lack of a good story
13 May 2004 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

remember memento? time flowed backwards, and it was perfect. one of the best movies ever. well, it was great to see how the understanding of the story gets better and deeper when you learned just what happened before. well, in memento you knew exactly when everything happened- cause the flow was exactly backwards. in this movie, you have no idea when each scene happens. so basically, you are guessing the whole time. the makers of this movie had to do it, cause otherwise the movie would have been very very boring. when you realize everything, you gather that the story is not interesting at all. the entire interest lies in guessing "who is that guy?". "did that happen before of after?" and so on. you can just take any bad movie ever written, mix out the scenes randomly, and get a movie just as good as this one. just make sure there are enough naked women in it to make the guys happy. my opinion: don't waste your time.


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