21 Grams


Release Date 2003-09-05
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21 Grams

21 Grams is a 2003 American drama film directed by Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga. It stars Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Danny Huston, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Benicio del Toro. Like Arriaga's and González Iñárritu's previous film, Amores perros, 21 Grams interweaves several plot lines, 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 a born-again Christian ex-convict whose faith is sorely tested in the aftermath of the accident. 21 Grams is presented 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.

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Actors & Characters

Sean Penn Sean Penn Paul Rivers Paul Rivers
Naomi Watts Naomi Watts Cristina Peck Cristina Peck
Danny Huston Danny Huston Michael Michael
Carly Nahon Carly Nahon Cathy Cathy
Claire Pakis Claire Pakis Laura Laura
Benicio del Toro Benicio del Toro Jack Jordan Jack Jordan
Charlotte Gainsbourg Charlotte Gainsbourg Mary Rivers Mary Rivers
Eddie Marsan Eddie Marsan Reverend John Reverend John
Melissa Leo Melissa Leo Marianne Jordan Marianne Jordan
Marc Musso Marc Musso Freddy Freddy


Rodrigo Prieto Cinematography
Alejandro González Iñárritu Director
Stephen Mirrione Editor
Gustavo Santaolalla Music
Alejandro González Iñárritu Producer
Robert Salerno Producer
Guillermo Arriaga Writer