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The Bucket List

The Bucket ListA heart-warming, funny and enthralling
  comedy, The Bucket List not only stars
  two Hollywood greats, but also the
  magnificent and beautifully filmed
  scenery as a billionaire and a mechanic
  embark on the adventure of a lifetime
  to follow a dream before they ‘kick the
  bucket’...”


HOISTED BY HIS OWN PETARD, sanctimonious corporate billionaire Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson: The Departed, As Good As It Gets) finds himself uncomfortably sharing a hospital ward with calm, selfless and intelligent working-class mechanic Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman: Batman Begins, Seven) in the brilliant comedy film, The Bucket List.

At first the two men — the loud and obnoxious Edward and the gentle and accepting Carter — are at loggerheads, contemptuous of each other and enduring long silences. But The Bucket List brings them together — the list of things they would most like to do and places they'd really like to see before they kick the bucket. And it is at this point that they realise that they do have something in common, other than the seriousness of their medical conditions.

Sizzling from the moment the two wonderful veteran actors hit the screen, The Bucket List is a funny and human story of two people from vastly different backgrounds who get together towards the end of their lives in a most remarkable and fantastic way — and go on a magnificent journey of discovery across the world.

In a frenzy of ecstatic recklessness, Carter and Edward get up to all sorts of shenanigans — including tackling heart-pumping race car driving (and so what if the Shelby 350 gets trashed); sky-diving (you can only die once!); climbing the Pyramids; and an African lion safari (where you might get eaten but you won't be beaten). They also experience Stonehenge, motorcycling along the Great Wall of China, Rome and the majestic Taj Mahal in India. Until they finally fall under the spell of the dramatic snow-covered mountains.

Carter and Edward also find out more about each other's lives and develop a greater understanding of each other — leading to the desire to help one another resolve their problems. Carter gave up a University education — and his chosen career as a history professor — to devote himself to his wife and family but he is, at the age of 66 and after 45 years of marriage, unsure of his feelings towards his still-lovely wife, Virginia (the angelic Beverly Todd); Edward has been too busy making money — something he has been doing from the age of 16 — to try to heal a rift with his only daughter, who refuses to see him or speak to him.

The comedy is sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious; and there are many great one-liners. When Edward's assistant, whom he chooses to call Thomas (the exceptional Sean Hayes: Will & Grace) asks him how he would like his death handled, Edward tells him to do it as if it was his own. Thomas responds with: "Like, leave all my money to my assistant"!

The Bucket List is deeply touching and sensitive with an edge of sadness, some clever observations and fine dialogue. But it is primarily an uplifting, reassuring story of friendship and the discovery of one's own identity. The film is Directed by Rob Reiner (A Few Good Men, When Harry Met Sally) and Written by Justin Zackham. The Director of Photography is John Schwartzman ASC, with Music by Marc Shaiman.

Full credit goes to the terrific performances from Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, supported by a great cast that includes Alfonso Freeman as Carter's son Roger; Rowena King as Angelica; Rob Morrow as Dr Hollins; Anton Berry Jr as Kai; Verda Bridges as Chandra; Destiny Brownridge as Maya; Brian Copeland as Lee; Ian Anthony Dale as the Instructor; Noel Guglielmi as the Mechanic; Alex Trebek as Himself and the appealing Taylor Ann Thompson as the 'most beautiful girl in the world'.

The Bucket List is available now on DVD and Blu-ray (released 7 July, 2008), courtesy of Warner Home Video. Running Time: 93 minutes | Certificate 12 | Price RRP: DVD £15.99/Blu-ray: £26.99.

Special Features

DVD: John Mayer Music Video Say | Writing a Bucket List (Screenwriter Justin Zackham addresses the evolution of The Bucket List and his upcoming book in which he reveals celebrity bucket lists | Running Time 5.33) | ROM link to: Tied, additional Scenes/Jack & Morgan: All Seriousness Aside.

Special Features

Blu-ray: John Mayer Music Video Say | Writing a Bucket List (Screenwriter Justin Zackham addresses the evolution of The Bucket List and his upcoming book in which he reveals celebrity bucket lists (Running Time 5.33) | The Bucket List Trivia Pack | Rob Reiner Interviews the Stars: part 1: Jack Nicholson/Part 2: Morgan Freeman.

"Freeman radiates Zen calm and wisdom; Nicholson tears up the screen with a performance so huge that it barely fits into the screen" — The Times

"Armed with a sharp script peppered with acid one-liners… Director Rob Reiner finds lashings of comedy" — Daily Star

"Sizzling from the moment the two veteran actors hit the screen, The Bucket List is a funny and human story of two people from vastly different backgrounds who get together towards the end of their lives in a most remarkable and fantastic way — and go on a magnificent journey of discovery across the world" — MotorBar