The Bucket List

January 11th, 2008


The Bucket List

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Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 7.4/10 (84,398 voted)

Critic's Score: 42/100

Director: Rob Reiner

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes

Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find joy in life.

Jack Nicholson - Edward
Morgan Freeman - Carter
Sean Hayes - Thomas
Beverly Todd - Virginia
Rob Morrow - Dr. Hollins
Alfonso Freeman - Roger
Rowena King - Angelica
Annton Berry Jr. - Kai
Verda Bridges - Chandra
Destiny Brownridge - Maya
Brian Copeland - Lee
Ian Anthony Dale - Instructor
Jennifer Defrancisco - Emily (as Jennifer DeFrancisco)
Angela Gardner - Female Administrator
Noel Gugliemi - Mechanic (as Noel Guglielmi)

Taglines: When he closed his eyes, his heart was opened


Official Website: Warner Bros [France] | Warner Bros. [United States] |

Release Date: 11 January 2008

Filming Locations: California Speedway - 9300 Cherry Avenue, Fontana, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $161,840 (USA) (23 December 2007) (16 Screens)

Gross: $93,452,056 (USA) (1 June 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Carter is a mechanic. Morgan Freeman in real life worked as a mechanic in the US Air Force

Continuity: In the race track scene, Carter always looks to his right when he talks to Ed who is in the yellow car to his right. When Carter races away towards the end of this scene, their cars are on the wrong side. Ed's yellow car is to the left of Carter's red car.

[first lines]
Carter Chambers: Edward Perriman Cole died in May. It was a Sunday afternoon, and there wasn't a cloud in the sky...

User Review

Oscar worthy

Rating: 10/10

You know that feeling when you walk out of a movie and think "God, that was just such a great film"? It takes a lot for me to think that... especially when it's a movie about two men who have cancer... but this movie really did it for me, as well as everyone else in the theater. I saw the movie at its first ever screening in Pasadena and it was just wonderful... even with temp music and unfinished visual effects! Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman were truly amazing together - it's a film about cancer, and yet the two were able to balance the comedy and the drama of the script in such the perfect way that the audience loved every moment of the movie. The script was quite original, which was such a breath of fresh air, and the acting couldn't have been any better. I would recommend this film to anyone and everyone - as it was such a feel-good movie that made you both laugh and cry at the same time - something you don't come across too often. Not only did the audience applaud the movie at the end, but EVERY single viewer who stayed to give comments agreed that the movie was "Excellent"... I can't imagine how often that happens. I'd be surprised if this movie isn't up for some Oscar or another come next year.


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