21 Grams


2h 5m 2003

Brief Synopsis

College professor Paul Rivers and his wife Mary find their union precariously balanced between life and death. He is mortally ill and awaiting a heart transplant, while she hopes to become pregnant with his child through artificial insemination. Cristina Peck, having matured since her reckless past,

Film Details

Also Known As
21 GMS, 21 Gram, 21 Gramm, 21 Grammes, 21 gramos, Twenty One Grams, Twenty-One Grams
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2003
Distribution Company
Focus Features
Location
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA; Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m

Synopsis

College professor Paul Rivers and his wife Mary find their union precariously balanced between life and death. He is mortally ill and awaiting a heart transplant, while she hopes to become pregnant with his child through artificial insemination. Cristina Peck, having matured since her reckless past, is a beloved older sister to Claudia, a good wife to Michael and loving mother to two little girls. Her family radiates hope and joy. Much farther down the socioeconomic scale, ex-con Jack Jordan and his wife Marianne struggle to provide for their two children while Jack reaffirms his commitment to religion. A tragic accident that claims several lives places these couples in each other's orbit. In the aftermath, Paul confronts his own mortality, Cristina takes action to come to terms with her present and perhaps her future, and Jack's faith is put to the test. If spiritual equilibrium is to be regained by any one of them, it could come at great cost to the others. Yet the will to live, and the instinct to reach out to another person for support, remains ever present among them all.

Crew

Luisa Abel

Makeup Artist

Willy Abers

Song

Douglas Neal Acton

Medic

Robyn Adams

Production Secretary

Jeanette Agaronoff

Assistant

Sylvester Allen

Song

Gustav Alsina

Painter

Brenda Anderson

Seamstress Supervisor

Dana Anderson

Grip

Steve Anderson

Grip

Robert Anzures

Best Boy Grip

Guillermo Arriaga

Screenplay

Guillermo Arriaga

Associate Producer

Guillermo Arriaga

Story By

Ulli Auer-erdoes

Painter

Vivian Baker

Makeup

Vivian Baker

Prosthetics

Steve Bartkowicz

Dubbing Mixer

Sheila Bartlett

Painter

Robert Baumgartner

Gaffer

Kenny Becker

Color Timer

Ron Bedrosian

Adr Mixer

Ulises Bella

Song

Stephanie Beman

Craft Service

Janey Bergam

Assistant

Christine Bergren

Music Coordinator

David L Bethel

Medic

Thomas Betts

Set Designer

Amanda Blackburn

Stand-In

Alex Blagg

Location Scout

Kurt Blondis

Props

Theo Bott

Lighting Technician

Deborah Bowden

Driver

Steve Bowen

Colorist

Stephen Bradley

Props

Barbara Lee Brice

Seamstress Supervisor

Brigitte Broch

Production Designer

Andy Brokmeyer

Sound

Greg Bronner

Driver

Harold Brown

Song

Eva Z. Cabrera

Script Supervisor

Steve N Cainas

Production Coordinator

Jennifer Campbell

Production Coordinator

Al Cantu

Driver

Julio Carmona

Adr

Nick Case

Office Production Assistant

Pablo Castorena

Song

Walker L Chaney Jr.

Driver

Cut Chemist

Song

James E Christian

Driver

Drew Clarke

Driver

Kenneth R Cole

Props

Matt Colleran

Sound Recordist

Nancy Collini

Set Costumer

Gil Combs

Stunts

Victor Cook

Painter

Emanuele Corso

Foreman

Julia Cranston

Post-Production Accountant

Douglas Crise

Assistant Editor

Michael Cruickshank

Loader

Arthur B Crutcher

Driver

Michele Cusick

Set Production Assistant

Katheryn Czark

Greensman

Holly Davis

Key Costumer

W Russell Davis

Driver

Chandra Dealessandro

Stunts

Ymelda Devargas

Driver

Joseph Dianda

Key Grip

Sergio Diaz

Sound Editor

Morris Dickerson

Song

Tim Dingle

Sign Writer

Steve Driggers

Driver

Kathleen Driscoll-mohler

Casting Associate

Payton Dunham

Assistant

Mark Alan Duran

Swing Gang

Chris Durand

Stunts

David Duren

Lighting Technician

Wayne Elliott

Driver

Sebastian Escofet

Music Engineer

Jose Ines Espinosa

Song

Jesse Esquibel

Driver

Benny Estrada

Color

Roger W Evans

Construction

Meg Everist

Set Decorator

Scott Eversoll

Song Performer

Lynn Fainchtein

Music Supervisor

John Farmer

Grip

Robert K. Feldmann

Best Boy Grip

Andrew Fiero

Driver

George M Finney

Painter

Ed Fitzgerald

Props

David Florio

Driver

John Anthony Ford

Driver

Patrick French

Props

Jonathan Fuh

Boom Operator

Anson Funderburgh

Song Performer

Anson Funderburgh

Song

Renee Funderburgh

Song

Chris Gallegos

Driver

Jose Antonio Garcia

Sound Mixer

Jerry Gardner

Driver

Robert Getty

Sound Editor

Nerses Gezalyan

Foley Mixer

Tom Gilbert

Swing Gang

Andy Gill

Stunts

William J Girard

Driver

Corinne Golden Weber

Assistant

Harry Goldstein

Song

Alfonso Gomez-rejon

Assistant

Josh Goode

Office Production Assistant

Damon Gordon

Assistant Location Manager

David Graves

Stunts

Xavier Pérez Grobet

Dp/Cinematographer

Xavier Pérez Grobet

Director Of Photography

Xavier Pérez Grobet

Camera Operator

Allison Gross

Assistant Property Master

Lisa Guerriero

Assistant Camera

Mona Hamilton

Painter

Ira M Hammons-glass

Costumer

Mark C Hansen

Swing Gang

Gary A Hardy

Painter

Barbara Harris

Voice Casting

Jim Hensz

Assistant Director

Martin Hernandez

Sound Design

Martin Hernandez

Supervising Sound Editor

Tony Hernandez

Location Assistant

Hawk Herrera

Grip

Michael Hertlein

Sound Editor

Clark R Holmes

Driver

Walter Holmes

Driver

Ted Hope

Executive Producer

Robert A House

Props

Phillip Howard

Set Costumer

Ben Hynum

Location Casting

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Story By

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Producer

Elizabeth Ingram

Production Secretary

Jerry Jackson

Transportation Coordinator

Michael Jacobson

Rigging Electrician

Judith H Jenner

Painter

Marty Jensen

Song

Leroy Jordan

Song

Glenn D Kaplan

Assistant Camera

Mark Karavite

Steadicam Operator

Brian Kay

Transportation Captain

Elizabeth Keenan

Dresser

Michael Kelly

Lighting Technician

Ted Kennedy

Grip

Anibal Kerpel

Music Editor

Anibal Kerpel

Music Engineer

Ivan Kerum

Driver

Ivan Kerum

Caterer

Neda Kerum

Caterer

Neda Kerum

Driver

Tony Kerum

Caterer

Thomas Kittle

Special Effects Technician

Bradley A Knopf

Best Boy Electric

Robert Kyle

Stand-In

Cindy Lajeunesse

Art Department

George Lebow

Driver

Teresa Lester

Accounting Assistant

Annaliese Levy

Assistant

Jay Levy

Assistant Camera

Paul Lightell

Props

Duke Lim

Post-Production Sound

Andria Lisle

Art Department

Johnny Long

Greensman

Bill Lopez

Driver

Benjamin C Lowney

Swing Gang

David Lukasik

Lighting Technician

John Lybrand

Driver

Vicki R Lybrand

Transportation

Joseph Magid

Art Department Coordinator

Francine Maisler

Casting

Josh Malloy

Rigging Electrician

William Marrufo

Song

Wende Martin

Driver

Sato Masuzawa

Assistant

Dave Matthews

Music Lyrics

Dave Matthews

Song Performer

Dave Matthews

Music

Eduardo Mayen

Assistant

Kimberly D Mccray

Set Production Assistant

Lawrence B Mciver

Location Assistant

Lee Mclemore

Key Grip

Samuel Mendoza

Foley Artist

Chris Milani

Lighting Technician

Charles W Miller

Song

Dan Miller

Props

Kiersten Pilar Miller

Assistant Director

Stephen Mirrione

Editor

Steve Moffitt

Driver

Eugenio Montejo

Music Lyrics

Daniela Moore

Costumes

Lucas Moore

Instructor

Tom Moore

Transportation Captain

Megan Moran

Assistant

James Moriana

Foley Artist

Merrick Morton

Photography

Michael Mullane

Sound Editor

Film Details

Also Known As
21 GMS, 21 Gram, 21 Gramm, 21 Grammes, 21 gramos, Twenty One Grams, Twenty-One Grams
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2003
Distribution Company
Focus Features
Location
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA; Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m

Award Nominations

Best Actress

2003
Naomi Watts

Best Supporting Actor

2003
Benicio Del Toro

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2003 award for Best Actor (Sean Penn) by the National Board of Review.

Winner of the 2003 award for Best Actress (Naomi Watts) from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Winner of the 2003 award for Best Actress (Naomi Watts) from the Online Film Critics Society.

Winner of the 2003 Satellite Award for Best Actor (Sean Penn).

Winner of the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor (Sean Penn) at the 2003 Venice International Film Festival.

Released in United States Fall November 21, 2003

Released in United States on Video March 16, 2004

Released in United States 2003

Released in United States October 2003

Shown at London Film Festival October 22-November 6, 2003.

Shown at Montreal World Film Festival August 27-September 7, 2003.

Shown at Venice International Film Festival (in competition) August 27 - September 6, 2003.

Shown at New York Film Festival October 3-19, 2003.

Focus Features sold United Kingdom rights to Icon Film Distribution.

Project marks Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's American directoral debut.

This Is That is Ted Hope's production company.

The title track from Dave Matthew's first solo album, "Some Devil," will be used for the film's closing credits.

The title "21 Grams" directly refers to the notion that the body loses 21 grams of weight when we die--the weight carried by others who survive.

Released in United States Fall November 21, 2003 (NY, LA)

Released in United States on Video March 16, 2004

Released in United States 2003 (Shown at London Film Festival October 22-November 6, 2003.)

Released in United States 2003 (Shown at Montreal World Film Festival August 27-September 7, 2003.)

Released in United States 2003 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival (in competition) August 27 - September 6, 2003.)

Released in United States October 2003 (Shown at New York Film Festival October 3-19, 2003.)

Nominated for two 2004 Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) awards, including Best Actress (Naomi Watts) and Best Supporting Actor (Benicio Del Toro).