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October 08, 2007


Mary WanderPolo

Maybe you need a separate list for the films on end of life choices. "Harold and Maude", one of my all time favorite films portrays a vibrant 79 year old woman who makes choices regarding her own end of life and follows through on them in her own way. "Soylent Green" is not one of my favorite movies, but it does give another perspective on end of life choices and how society could end up dealing with too many aging and not dying.

Of course, if you are talking about testamentary intent, one of the best movies is Buster Keaton's "Seven Chances" where a relative leaves him $100,000 (a lot of money back then) but he must be married by a specific time which is only hours away from the reading of the will. An amazing film with Buster doing some pretty spectacular physical stunts.

Of course, there could be a separate list for the best graveside scenes. My personal favorite is the spreading of the ashes scene from "The Big Lebowski", of course, it may be the only spreading of the ashes scene in the movies.

I think I have digressed from films on aging. Sorry.

Andrew H. Hook

My favorite movie relating to Elder Law is the Rain Maker based on a book written by John Grisham. The major character was a law student studying elder law. My favorite movie about the law is My Cousin Vinny. It is an excellent study of trial practice.

Leslie Wizelman

And then there is On Golden Pond with Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn; and the current movie, Away from Her with Julie Christie. Robert Redford is an aging actor I admire- he apparently refuses to have plastic surgery. And what about Clint Eastwood in Cinderella Man?

Neal Bobruff

I don't see how you are going to come up with a better movie about aging than "Away From Her". The acting is terrific and Julie Christie deserves an Academy award nomination. As one critic said, "it is less a drama about Alzheimer's disease than a cinematic poem of love and loss."

It might hit a little too close to home if you have a family member with Alzheimer's, but everyone else should see it.

Barbara Isenhour

"Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont" with Joan Plowright (2005) is a poignant story of an elderly woman who has just moved into a retirement hotel and is ignored by her family. She befriends a young writer and they form a beautiful friendship. The movie shows aging with grace and dignity and good humor in a world that coldly ignores or patronizes the elderly.

Shirley B. Whitenack

I would add Cocoon, Sunshine Boys, Driving Miss Daisy, Grumpy Old Men
and Fried Green Tomatoes to your list.

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P.O. Box 905
Morristown, NJ 07963

Christine A. Alsop

How about Arsenic and Old Lace?

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Pam Wright

One of my favorites is "The Shootist" with John Wayne and Lauren Bacall.

David Goldfarb

I really liked Tim Burton's "The Big Fish" with Albert Finney. It is a a story about an estranged son's final visit to his father who is dying of cancer. Through a series of flashbacks the son pieces together the reality and the myths of his father's life.

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