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21 Grams
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
Produced by Alejandro González Iñárritu,
Robert Salerno
Written by Guillermo Arriaga
Starring Sean Penn,
Naomi Watts,
Benicio del Toro
Music by Gustavo Santaolalla
Distributed by Focus Features
Release date(s) September 5, 2003
Running time 124 minutes
Language English
Budget ~ US$20,000,000
IMDb profile

21 Grams is a 2003 drama starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts and Benicio del Toro. It was directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga. Download high resolution version (476x705, 69 KB)21 Grams movie poster. ... Alejandro González Iñárritu (IPA: ), born August 15, 1963, to Hector González Gama and Luz María Iñárritu in Mexico City, is an Academy Award-nominated Mexican film director. ... Alejandro González Iñárritu (IPA: ), born August 15, 1963, to Hector González Gama and Luz María Iñárritu in Mexico City, is an Academy Award-nominated Mexican film director. ... Robert Salerno may refer to: James Robert Salerno, Angelo Dundee-trained and USA Tuesday Night Fights stalwart boxer; Robert Salerno (chicago), murder convict and member of Outfit, the Chicago crime syndicate; Robert Salerno (film), producer of 21 Grams and founder of Artina Films. ... Guillermo Arriaga Jordán (b. ... Sean Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director, known for playing intense, often humorless and unsympathetic characters. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British actress known for her roles in Mulholland Drive, the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ... Benicio Monserrat Rafael Del Toro Sanchez (born February 19, 1967, in San Germán, Puerto Rico) is an Academy Award winning Puerto Rican actor. ... Gustavo A. Santaolalla (b. ... Focus Features is the art house films division of Universal Pictures, and acts as both a producer and distributor for its own films and a distrubutor for foreign films. ... is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 2003 in film involved some significant events. ... For other uses, see Drama (disambiguation). ... Sean Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director, known for playing intense, often humorless and unsympathetic characters. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British actress known for her roles in Mulholland Drive, the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ... Benicio Monserrat Rafael Del Toro Sanchez (born February 19, 1967, in San Germán, Puerto Rico) is an Academy Award winning Puerto Rican actor. ... Alejandro González Iñárritu (IPA: ), born August 15, 1963, to Hector González Gama and Luz María Iñárritu in Mexico City, is an Academy Award-nominated Mexican film director. ... Guillermo Arriaga Jordán (b. ...


Like Arriaga's and González Iñárritu's previous movie, Amores perros (2000), 21 Grams is a movie which interweaves several plot lines, this time around the consequences of a tragic automobile accident. Penn plays a critically ill academic mathematician, Watts plays a grief stricken mother, and del Toro plays an ex-convict whose newly discovered Christianity is sorely tested in the aftermath of an accident. Amores perros is a Mexican film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu in 2000. ... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ...


The movie was shot in chronological order, but is edited in a non-linear arrangement where the lives of the characters are depicted before and after the accident. The three main characters each have 'past' 'present' and 'future' story threads, which are shown as non-linear fragments that punctuate elements of the overall story, all imminently coming toward each other and coalescing as the story progresses. Iñárritu may have been influenced by the silent film Intolerance (1916), though his approach is more complex.[citation needed] Intolerance is a silent film directed by D.W. Griffith in 1916. ...

Contents

Plot

As previously mentioned, the film is edited in a non-linear manner. The following is a linear, chronological summary of the plot:


Jack Jordan (Benicio del Toro) is a former convict who is using his newfound Christian faith to recover from drug and alcohol addiction. Benicio Monserrat Rafael Del Toro Sanchez (born February 19, 1967, in San Germán, Puerto Rico) is an Academy Award winning Puerto Rican actor. ... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Faith (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Heroin bottle An addiction is a recurring compulsion by an individual to engage in some specific activity, despite harmful consequences to the individuals health, mental state or social life. ...

From top Naomi Watts as Cristina, Sean Penn as Paul, and Benicio del Toro as Jack Jordan

Paul Rivers (Sean Penn) is a mathematics professor with a deteriorating heart condition who is less than a month from death unless he receives a new heart from an organ donor. Paul is badgered by his wife to donate his sperm so she can have a baby (presumably after his death). The two are civil to one another, yet distant. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 205 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (300 × 878 pixel, file size: 24 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) http://www. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 205 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (300 × 878 pixel, file size: 24 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) http://www. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British actress known for her roles in Mulholland Drive, the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ... Sean Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director, known for playing intense, often humorless and unsympathetic characters. ... Benicio Monserrat Rafael Del Toro Sanchez (born February 19, 1967, in San Germán, Puerto Rico) is an Academy Award winning Puerto Rican actor. ... Sean Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director, known for playing intense, often humorless and unsympathetic characters. ... For other meanings of mathematics or uses of math and maths, see Mathematics (disambiguation) and Math (disambiguation). ... The heart and lungs, from an older edition of Grays Anatomy. ... Organ donation is the removal of specific tissues of the human body from a person who has recently died, or from a living donor, for the purpose of transplanting them into other persons. ... For other uses, see Wife (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Sperm (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Death (disambiguation), Dead (disambiguation), Death (band) or Deceased (band). ...


Cristina Peck (Naomi Watts) is also recovering from drug addiction, and now lives a normal suburban life with a supportive husband and two children. She is a loving mother and active swimmer who left her days of drugs and booze behind. Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British actress known for her roles in Mulholland Drive, the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ... Drug addiction, or dependency is the compulsive use of drugs, to the point where the user has no effective choice but to continue use. ... For other uses, see Husband (disambiguation). ... A male Caucasian toddler child A child (plural: children) is a young human. ...


These three separate stories/characters become tied together one evening when Jack runs over Cristina's husband and children with his truck in a hit-and-run accident, killing them. Her husband's heart is donated to Paul, who begins his recovery. For other uses, see Truck (disambiguation). ...


Cristina is devastated by the loss and turns to the drugs(2CB & ketamine )along with alcohol to ease her pain. Paul is excited about starting his new life and hesitantly agrees to his wife's idea of surgery and artificial insemination as a last-ditch effort to get pregnant. During consultations with a doctor before the surgery, Paul learns that his wife had aborted their child previously when the pair had just separated. Disgusted by this, Paul considers the abortion to be the last straw in their marriage. He ends their relationship, then becomes very inquisitive about whose heart he has. He learns from a source that the heart belonged to Cristina's husband. He begins to follow the widowed Cristina around town. 2C-B is a lesser known psychedelic drug that was first synthesized by Alexander Shulgin in 1974. ... Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic for use in human and veterinary medicine developed by Parke-Davis (1962). ... Suffering is any aversive (not necessarily unwanted) experience and the corresponding negative emotion. ... “Surgeon” redirects here. ... AIH redirects here. ...


After running over the kids and husband, Jack is horrified at what happened. Despite his wife's protests to keep quiet and conceal his guilt, Jack tells her that his "duty is to God" and turns himself in. Incarcerated in a dilapidated jail cell, he claims that God betrayed him and, soon enough, loses his will to live, trying unsuccessfully to commit suicide. He is released after Cristina declines to press charges, as she relates that Jack's jailing will not bring her loved ones back. When Jack is released, he is unable to reincorporate himself into his normal family life, instead leaving home to live a transient worker existence. Wracked by guilt and the failure of his life, he works a manual labor job and burns off his newer tattoos (of a Christian nature) with a hot knife. This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ... a family of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in 1997 Family is a Western term used to denote a domestic group of people, or a number of domestic groups linked through descent (demonstrated or stipulated) from a common ancestor, marriage or adoption. ... “Guilty” redirects here. ... This article is about the tool. ...


Paul uses an opportunity to meet with Cristina and he eventually reveals how the two of them are connected. Desperately needing one another, they begin to fall in love. Though Paul has a new heart, his body is rejecting the surgery - and Paul's outlook is grim. As Cristina begins to dwell more on her changed life and the death of her girls, she decides Jack must die. She guilts Paul into helping to murder him. “Surgeon” redirects here. ...


Paul meets with the person who originally tracked down Cristina for him and finds out information about Jack from him. He also purchases a gun from him. Then, he and Cristina check into a small-town motel when Jack is also staying, as he is working nearby. When Jack is walking alone, Paul grabs him and leads him out into a clearing at gunpoint, with the intention of killing him. Paul is unable to kill Jack, who himself is confused, shaking and pleading during the happening. Paul tells Jack to "just disappear" then returns back to the motel, lying to Cristina about Jack's "death." Later that night, while they are sleeping, Paul and Cristina are awakened by a knock on the door. It's Jack, who, still consumed by guilt and inner torment, now orders Paul to kill him and end his misery. There is a struggle, and Cristina manages to blind-side Jack and begins beating him with a wooden lamp. Paul shoots himself with the gun as he is having a heart attack and doesn't want to die from asphyxia. Holiday Inn Great Sign Exterior of a Howard Johnsons motor lodge. ... This article is about the video game. ... Suffocation redirects here, for the band, see Suffocation (band). ...


Jack and Cristina rush Paul to the hospital. The drama between Cristina and Jack remains unresolved (they meet in the waiting room after Paul's death, but do not speak). Cristina learns in the hospital that she is pregnant. After Paul's death, Cristina is seen tentatively preparing for the new child and Jack is shown returning home to his family. For the town in the Republic of Ireland, see Hospital, County Limerick. ...


Awards

The movie was nominated in the 2003 Academy Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Benicio del Toro) and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Naomi Watts). Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry. ...


Other:

Award Category Winner/Nominee Won
Academy Awards Best Actress Naomi Watts No
Best Supporting Actor Benicio Del Toro
BAFTA Awards Best Actor Benicio Del Toro No
Best Actor Sean Penn
Best Actress Naomi Watts
Best Editing Stephen Mirrione
Best Screenplay - Original Guillermo Arriaga
Broadcast Film Critics Best Actress Naomi Watts No
Best Actor Benicio Del Toro
Florida Film Critics Best Actor Sean Penn Yes
Best Actress Naomi Watts
Las Vegas Film Critics Best Actor Sean Penn
(also for Mystic River)
Yes
Los Angeles Film Critics Best Actress Naomi Watts Yes
National Board of Review Best Actor Sean Penn
(also for Mystic River)
Yes
Online Film Critics Best Actress Naomi Watts Yes
Best Director Alejandro González Iñárritu No
Best Screenplay - Original Guillermo Arriaga
Phoenix Film Critics Best Actress Naomi Watts Yes
Best Cast
Best Actor Sean Penn No
Best Supporting Actor Benicio Del Toro
Best Editing Stephen Mirrione
Best Screenplay - Original Guillermo Arriaga
Satellite Awards Best Actor - Drama Sean Penn
(also for Mystic River)
Yes
Best Actress - Drama Naomi Watts No
Best Supporting Actor - Drama Benicio Del Toro
Best Screenplay - Original Guillermo Arriaga
Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Best Actor Benicio Del Toro No
Best Actress Naomi Watts
Southeastern Film Critics Best Actress Naomi Watts Yes
Washington DC Area Film Critics Best Actress Naomi Watts Yes
Best Supporting Actor Benicio Del Toro
Best Screenplay - Original Guillermo Arriaga No
World Soundtrack Awards Discovery of the Year Gustavo Santaolalla Yes

Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British actress known for her roles in Mulholland Drive, the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ... Benicio Monserrat Rafael Del Toro Sanchez (born February 19, 1967, in San Germán, Puerto Rico) is an Academy Award winning Puerto Rican actor. ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... Benicio Monserrat Rafael Del Toro Sanchez (born February 19, 1967, in San Germán, Puerto Rico) is an Academy Award winning Puerto Rican actor. ... Sean Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director, known for playing intense, often humorless and unsympathetic characters. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British actress known for her roles in Mulholland Drive, the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ... Stephen Mirrione is an American film editor. ... Guillermo Arriaga Jordán (b. ... 9th BFCA Critics Choice Awards January 10, 2004 The 9th Critics Choice Awards, honoring the best in film for 2003, were given on 10 January 2004. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British actress known for her roles in Mulholland Drive, the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ... Benicio Monserrat Rafael Del Toro Sanchez (born February 19, 1967, in San Germán, Puerto Rico) is an Academy Award winning Puerto Rican actor. ... 8th Florida Film Critics Circle Awards January 2, 2004 The 8th Florida Film Critics Circle Awards, honoring the best in film for 2003, were held on January 2, 2004. ... Sean Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director, known for playing intense, often humorless and unsympathetic characters. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British actress known for her roles in Mulholland Drive, the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ... 7th Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards January 6, 2004 The 7th Las Vegas Film Critics Society Sierra Awards, honoring the best in film 2003, were given on 6 January 2004. ... Sean Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director, known for playing intense, often humorless and unsympathetic characters. ... For other uses, see Mystic River (disambiguation). ... 29th Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards January 7, 2004 The 29th Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, given by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) on January 7, 2004, honored the best in film for 2003. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British actress known for her roles in Mulholland Drive, the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ... 74th National Board of Review Awards December 3, 2003 The 74th National Board of Review Awards, honoring the best in filmmaking in 2003, were given on 3 December 2003. ... Sean Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director, known for playing intense, often humorless and unsympathetic characters. ... For other uses, see Mystic River (disambiguation). ... 7th OFCS Awards January 5, 2004 Best Film: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King The 7th Online Film Critics Society Awards, honoring films made in 2003, were given on 5 January 2004. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British actress known for her roles in Mulholland Drive, the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ... Alejandro González Iñárritu (IPA: ), born August 15, 1963, to Hector González Gama and Luz María Iñárritu in Mexico City, is an Academy Award-nominated Mexican film director. ... Guillermo Arriaga Jordán (b. ... The Phoenix Film Critics Society (PFCS) is an organization of film reviewers from Phoenix-based publications. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British actress known for her roles in Mulholland Drive, the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ... Sean Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director, known for playing intense, often humorless and unsympathetic characters. ... Benicio Monserrat Rafael Del Toro Sanchez (born February 19, 1967, in San Germán, Puerto Rico) is an Academy Award winning Puerto Rican actor. ... Stephen Mirrione is an American film editor. ... Guillermo Arriaga Jordán (b. ... 8th Golden Satellite Awards January 23, 2005 Picture, Drama: Picture, Musical or Comedy: The 8th Golden Satellite Awards, given by the International Press Academy, honored the best in film and television for 2003. ... Sean Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director, known for playing intense, often humorless and unsympathetic characters. ... For other uses, see Mystic River (disambiguation). ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British actress known for her roles in Mulholland Drive, the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ... Benicio Monserrat Rafael Del Toro Sanchez (born February 19, 1967, in San Germán, Puerto Rico) is an Academy Award winning Puerto Rican actor. ... Guillermo Arriaga Jordán (b. ... 10th SAG Awards February 22, 2004 Best Cast - Motion Picture: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Best Cast - Drama Series: Six Feet Under Best Cast - Comedy Series: Sex and the City The 10th Screen Actors Guild Awards were presented at the Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles... Benicio Monserrat Rafael Del Toro Sanchez (born February 19, 1967, in San Germán, Puerto Rico) is an Academy Award winning Puerto Rican actor. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British actress known for her roles in Mulholland Drive, the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ... 12th Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards December 21, 2003 The 12th Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards, honoring the best in film for 2003, were held on 21 December 2003. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British actress known for her roles in Mulholland Drive, the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ... 2nd Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards December 19, 2003 The 2nd Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards, honoring the best in filmmaking in 2003, were given on 19 December 2003. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British actress known for her roles in Mulholland Drive, the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ... Benicio Monserrat Rafael Del Toro Sanchez (born February 19, 1967, in San Germán, Puerto Rico) is an Academy Award winning Puerto Rican actor. ... Guillermo Arriaga Jordán (b. ... 3rd World Soundtrack Awards October 11, 2003 Best Original Soundtrack: Frida The 3rd World Soundtrack Awards were awarded on 12 October 2003 in Ghent, Belgium. ... Gustavo A. Santaolalla (b. ...

Title

The title of the movie comes from the work of Dr. Duncan MacDougall, who in the early 1900s sought to measure the weight purportedly lost by a human body when the soul departed the body upon death. MacDougall weighed dying patients in an attempt to prove that the soul was material, tangible and thus measurable. These experiments are widely considered to have had little if any scientific merit, and although MacDougall's results varied considerably from 21 grams, for some people this figure has become synonymous with the measure of a soul's mass. [1]. Dr. Duncan MacDougall was an early 20th century doctor in Haverhill, Massachusetts who sought to measure the weight purportedly lost by a human body when the soul departed the body upon death. ... Äž: For the film, see: 1900 (film). ... For other uses, see Soul (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Death (disambiguation), Dead (disambiguation), Death (band) or Deceased (band). ... For the scientific journal named Science, see Science (journal). ...


See also

  • Hyperlink cinema - the film style of using multiple inter-connected story lines.

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