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The Bucket List [DVD] [2008]

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  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman
  • Directors: Rob Reiner
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 July 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012YG7LO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,546 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In The Bucket List, a corporate billionaire (Jack Nicholson) and a working class mechanic (Morgan Freeman) find their lives thrown together when they end up sharing a hospital room. Both at a crossroads in their lives they come to realise that they have two things in common: a desire to spend the time they have left doing everything they ever wanted, as well as an unrealised need to come to terms with who they are. So before they, as the expression has it, "kick the bucket", the two men will support each other in realising their dreams.

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"You measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you," says the quietly wise Carter Chambers, played with gravitas and grace by a Morgan Freeman. In Rob Reiner's moving, often hilarious film The Bucket List, all sorts of people measure themselves against the two heroes, Chambers and his hospital suitemate, Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson). But as Cole finds, having spent his entire life building a Fortune 500 company, none of that much matters when cancer, the great equalizer, pays a visit.

The film traces the adventures of the two unlikely friends, who meet in a hospital cancer ward, each given six months to live. The "bucket list" of the title refers to a lifelong list of goals that a teacher of Chambers once advised him to compile--and achieve--"before you kick the bucket." Soon the two are off on what may be the last grand adventure of their life, vowing to tick off as many goals (skydiving, race-car driving, seeing the wonders of the world) as they can in the time they have left. What starts as a medical melodrama becomes a road trip, yet the men's mortality realities are never far from thought. The two leads give impressive performances, and remind the viewer of just how few American films focus on the lives and loves of senior citizens. Nicholson even manages to lose his persona in his character, much as he did in About Schmidt. There's a lovely John Mayer tune, "Say (What You Need to Say)," that's perfectly matched to the film's clear-eyed view of life: What does one person leave behind as his true legacy? --A.T. Hurley

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It's really virtually impossible not to like a movie with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson in it.. they add a sense of gravitas to anything they are in - and there is pleasure to be had in watching their contrasting styles spark off each other.
Here, the play two men, both suffering from cancer, sharing a room at a hospital (in a rather contrived set up). After some preamble to fleetingly show that they are actually not well, they create a bucket list - a list of things they want to do before kicking the bucket, and since one of them is rich, set out to work their way through the items, learning about themselves and each other as they go.
It works because the leads are strong, particularly Freeman. Nicholson overplays, but then the writing does call for it. It does stumble however in the script department from time to time... For example, Freeman talking to Nicholson - "You once said you're not everyone. Well, that's true-you're certainly not everyone, but everyone is everyone." It's not exactly Shakespeare. The concept of terminally ill men skydiving, climbing mountains and traveling the world somewhat while barely catching their breath also stretches credibility. Morgan Freeman does his trademark stately voice over, which only serves to remind you of The Shawshank Redemption, and the comparison is not favourable. And while the male bonding is fun to watch and some of the one-liners funny, the warmth of affection Freeman narrates for the Nicholson character never seems quite justified by anything his character does.
Those quibbles aside, it's fun, warm and fuzzy round the edges, has some decent performances, and is short enough not to outlast its welcome. Not a classic, but thumbs up nonetheless.
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We saw this film last night and have to say its the funniest film I have seen in a long time. I came out of the cinema feeling emotionally quite drained. I lost someone close to me though lung cancer and so it touched me on a personal level, as I expect it will for a lot of other people.

It has you laughing out loud through most of the film, the beginning is a bit depressing mainly cos they are finding out they are going to die but that doesn't stop any of the humour it just leaves you feeling odd because you are laughing out loud at two men dying and it doesn't feel right.
This is one film I will definitely be ordering, Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson were fantastic.
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Having recently been diagnosed with advanced, incurable cancer, I found that I could identify with the characters in the film, as it was very true to life, except that I am a lot younger than they are. I found the film highly amusing, and well acted. Anyone who has had chemotherapy can see the funny side of the side effects, and of course anyone who is "terminal" is advised that if they want to do anything then do it "now". I have my own Bucket List and I hope that I get to visit the pyramids, plus one or two other personal things, before my time is up. Healthy or not, one never knows when one's time will be up, so I advise that everyone write their own "Bucket List" and act apon it now.
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I saw this movie with my wife a short while ago, and we both found it to be a very amusing and thought provoking story. Other reviewers have given a precis of the story, but would just like to add what joy to see two of the finest screen actors at the top of their game - a masterclass on how to deliver the goods. Hard to believe that both will soon be 71 years old. Go see.
(PS. I'm off the make my own bucket list.)
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I settled down to watch this expecting slap stick fun with a thrown together script and production. What I actually got was a thought provoking piece with some outstanding performances and a slick professional feel. The writing is superior and you'll come away having been taken on an emotional rollercoaster you wont soon forget.
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Dec. 2008
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'The Bucket List' is a film showing two masters of their art in fine form. Both Nicholson and Freeman manage to pull off the perfect mix of comedy and poignancy in this film without becoming too cheesy or schmaltzy. The premise is actually very simply (2 terminally ill patients working their way through their own Bucket list) but manages to capture their relationships, fears about dying, philosophy about life and more besides in it's short but very sweet 90 minutes. I was kept thoroughly engaged the whole time and enjoyed every minute as they worked their way through a variety of experiences, from sky diving, getting a tattoo, to kissing the most beautiful girl in the world and a whole host of other things. This made for a fun film, with the right elements of humour and sadness and made a serious point about relishing your life without hammering the point home. It left me wondering about what experiences I've yet to try and with an all round good feeling. You can't ask much more from a film really. Great story, great acting and well worth a try.

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If you've read this far, then you'll have already seen the other reviews of "The Bucket List". So I won't bore you with another synopsis. However, this is the most moving film I have ever seen - and over the years, I have seen quite a few!

When this film first came out at my local cinema, I had intended to go and see it then, but didn't quite get round to it. So I was pleased to note that it was one of the films on offer on the plane at the start of my recent holiday to New York.

Although billed as a comedy, I found that The Bucket List [DVD] [2008] was more entertaining than hilarious. That may be, in part, because the underlying premise of the story (two ageing men being told that they have terminal cancer and only a matter of months to live) is in itself intrinsically sad. Nevertheless, it is heart warming to watch the relationship between the two main characters, Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) and Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson), develop from being complete strangers to being the very best of friends. And the obvious loyalty and devotion of Cole's PA, Tommy/Thomas - "Actually it's Matthew, but he finds it too biblical" (Sean Hayes) is also very touching. Especially when you realise at the very end of the film that it's him climbing the mountain at the very start of the film.

Now, in this respect, I'm a typical bloke. I don't cry during a film. Ever. OK, I can appreciate the sensitivity of some moving scenes, and my eyes may have started to well up at a poignant ending to others. But when Edward Cole presented his eulogy at Carter Chambers' funeral, my eyes didn't just well up. I didn't just shed a tear. I sobbed!
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