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Grace Is Gone (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama | 10 January 2008 (Israel)
Upon hearing his wife was killed in the Iraq war, a father takes his two daughters on a road trip.

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(as James C. Strouse)

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(as James C. Strouse)

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Stan Philipps's wife Grace is a sergeant with the U.S. Army. While she's posted to Iraq, the earnest Stan is home in Minnesota with their daughters, Heidi, 12, and Dawn, 8. He manages a home supply store. After morning visitors bring Stan news, he takes the girls for a car ride that turns into a spontaneous trip to Dawn's favorite place, a Florida amusement park. On the way, they stop at Stan's mother's house, where his brother is staying. Heidi is an insomniac, who tries to fathom her father's uncharacteristic behavior. Dawn is cheerfully unreflective. They have fun at the park. Stan summons his courage. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief strong language and teen smoking | See all certifications »

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10 January 2008 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Ella se fue  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,880 (USA) (9 December 2007)

Gross:

$50,080 (USA) (3 February 2008)
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The film was originally going to be directed by Rob Reiner, who dropped out during pre-production for unknown reasons. The film's writer, Jim Strouse, then took over directorial duties. See more »

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When the family is entering Enchanted Garden, the head on shot shows Heidi with no purse. The next shot from behind she has a purse over her shoulder. See more »

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Grace Phillips: [on outgoing message] Hi. You've reached Grace, Stanley, Heidi, and Dawn. We're not home right how, but if you leave a message, we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
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Grace Phillips: [leaving a message] Hi everyone, it's mom! I just wanted to call and tell you how much I'm thinking of you. Stan, I guess you're at work now. Have you had a chance to go to that group thing yet? I think its a great idea. God, it's hot here. I'm not sure when I'm going to be able to call again. It might be a ...
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References The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) See more »

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Grace Is Gone
Music by Clint Eastwood
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Produced by Michael Stevens
Performed by Jamie Cullum
Jamie Cullum appears courtesy of Universal Classics & Jazz, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited
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Sad, Beautiful, Brilliant- "Grace" Remains With the Viewer
31 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Grace is Gone" is a very sad, but important film. Until I read about it on IMDb, I had no idea that it was being made. Very subtley, it slipped in and out of theaters. Finally, I found it at Blockbuster and picked it up to watch with my family. At the end, my family remarked on how sad the movie is. They are very right with this comment. In fact, this may be one of the saddest, but beautiful films I've ever seen. It takes a situation that every parent may face and turns it into a beautiful story about family and love.

Stanley Phillips is a dad taking care of his two daughters while their wife and mother, Grace, is in Iraq in the Army. When the news comes one day that Grace has been killed overseas, Stanley is left alone and clueless as to how to tell his daughters that their mother is not coming home. As a way of avoiding the conversation, Stanley takes the girls on a trip to Enchanted Gardens, an amusement park that looks similar to Disney World.

The plot, with Clint Eastwood's beautiful score and James Strouse's great writing and directing, brings the viewer a subtle and beautiful film. "Grace is Gone" definitely stays with the viewer.

9/10


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