GRACE IS GONE
Dealing Gracefully with Tragedy
Release Date: December 07, 2007
Starring: John Cusack, Shélan
O’Keefe, Gracie Bednarczyk,
Alessandro Nivola, and Zachary
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 85 minutes
Distributor: The Weinstein Co.
Director: James C. Strouse
Executive Producer: Paul Bernstein, Reagan Silber,
Todd Traina, and Jai Stefan
Producer: John Cusack, Grace Loh, Galt
Niederhoffer, Daniela Taplin
Lundberg, and Celine Rattray
Writer: James C. Strouse
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John Cusack plays Stanley Phillips, who met his wife, Grace, while both served in the military. Stanley was discharged, however, because of poor eyesight, but Grace now serves in Iraq. Stanley is left taking care of their two daughters, Heidi, age 12, and Dawn, age 8. Although a loving father, Stanley lacks the nurturing skills of Grace, so Heidi and Dawn miss their mother a lot.
One day, with the girls gone off to school, and Stanley getting ready to leave for his job at a home supply store, two soldiers visit Stanley. They tell him that Grace has been killed.
Stanley despondently stays home that day. When Heidi and Dawn return from school, he decides not to tell them about their mother but take them out instead. Longing to give his children their last moments of innocence, he suddenly decides to drive them to Florida to visit Dawn’s favorite amusement park, Enchanted Gardens. Along the way, they visit their grandmother’s house, only to find Stanley’s younger brother John.
As Stanley bonds more closely with his daughters, he delays the inevitable task of changing their lives forever.
GRACE IS GONE is a quietly powerful, compelling story about handling an ultimate loss. The acting is compelling and believable. It is an emotional pro-family movie that will touch many viewers deeply. In one scene, Stanley has an argument about the Iraq War with his brother, John. John takes the anti-war side, but Stanley supports his wife’s decision to defend liberty and her country. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children because of brief strong foul language and the subject matter.
GRACE IS GONE is a quietly powerful, emotional, pro-family movie about handling an ultimate loss. The acting is compelling and believable. It will touch many viewers deeply. In one scene, Stanley has an argument about the Iraq War with his brother, John. John takes the anti-war side, but Stanley supports his wife’s decision to defend liberty and her country. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children because of some brief strong foul language and the subject matter.