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Release Date: February 15th, 2002

DVD Release Date: August 13th, 2002

R|1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary
Fred Schepisi's thoughtful ensemble drama looks back on the life of Jack (Michael Caine), an amiable London butcher who leaves behind his devoted wife, Amy (Helen Mirren), and a group of loyal pub-dwelling buddies when he dies. Charged with bringing his ashes to the sea, Ray (Bob Hoskins), Lenny (David Hemmings) and Vic (Tom Courtenay) make their way to the ocean with Jack's foster son, Vince (Ray Winstone), fondly remembering their old friend along the way.

Cast: Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, Tom Courtenay, David Hemmings, Ray Winstone, Dame Helen Mirren, JJ Feild, Anatol Yusef

Director: Fred Schepisi

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Winchester Films

Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics

Ratings & Reviews

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  • If truth be told, the film is less than the sum of its parts; the main problem is the fragmented narrative structure, a legacy of the literary source. Still, it's a joy to see men and women with dense life stories played by powerful actors with long and distinguished careers.

  • A superb film that begins with death, ends in renewal, and finds almost as much to laugh about as to cry for. show more

  • A funny and touching film that is gorgeously acted by a British cast to rival Gosford Park's. show more

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