Life Itself Movie

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A documentary about the life of Roger Ebert directed by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters).

Who's Involved:

Steve James

Release Date:

Friday, July 4, 2014 Limited

brief sexual images/nudity and language
Runtime: N/A
Language: English

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Plot: What's the story about?

Roger Ebert was a beloved national figure and arguably our best-known and most influential movie critic, and his passing in 2013 was deeply felt across the country. Based on his memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF recounts his fascinating and flawed journey—from politicized school newspaperman, to Chicago Sun-Times movie critic, to Pulitzer Prize winner, to television household name, to the miracle of finding love at 50, and finally his “third act” as a major voice on the Internet when he could no longer physically speak.

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Who stars in Life Itself: Cast List

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Who's making Life Itself: Crew List

A look at the Life Itself behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Steve James last directed A Compassionate Spy and Abacus: Small Enough To Jail.


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Production: What we know about Life Itself?

Key Facts

  1. Magnolia is eyeing a summer 2014 release, followed by an exclusive broadcast on CNN later this year, reprising a successful collaboration with CNN Films on the hit documentary Blackfish.
  2. Premiered to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival.

Filming Timeline

  1. 2014 - February: The film was set to Completed  status.

Life Itself Release Date: When was the film released?

Life Itself was a Limited release in 2014 on Friday, July 4, 2014. There were 2 other movies released on the same date, including Heatstroke and Begin Again.

As a Limited release, Life Itself will only be shown in select movie theaters across major markets. Please check Fandango and Atom Tickets to see if the film is playing in your area.

Life Itself DVD & Blu-ray Release Date: When was the film released?

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Life Itself was released on DVD & Blu-ray on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 .

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