• Director: Ed Solomon
• Writer: Ed Solomon
• Release Date: 16 January 2003 (USA)
• MPAA Rating: Rated R for language.
• Genre: Crime | Drama
• Runtime: 100 min.
• Box Office #s: Here

Cast Highlights
• Billy Bob Thornton
• Morgan Freeman
• Holly Hunter

The film philosophical approach at redemption. The protagonist Manual Jordan has gotten parole from a life sentence for the murder of Abner Easley, and returns to the city he lived in to try to seek redemption. He ends up living and working at a community house run by a preacher, Miles Evans. The film is equipped with beautiful voice-overs about the meaning of life and different philosophies for getting redeemed. Manual also becomes friends with Adele Easley, his victims sister, in an attempt to make up for what he did. While working at the home he has interactions with Sofia Mellinger, the druggie daughter of a famous singer, struggling with the lack of adult guidance in her life.

From the Gallery



  • Ed Solomon wrote the screenplay over a 20-year period.

  • Although the film was shot entirely on location in Montreal, in one of the final scenes, as Manuel has entered the metro and it is leaving the station, the map seen inside the train is, in fact, a map of the central Washington, DC area.


Sofia Mellinger: You smell like sex.
Manuel Jordan: Well, you smell like puke.