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The Bucket List

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Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 7.4/10 (84,398 voted)

Critic's Score: 42/100

Rob Reiner

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes

Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find joy in life.


Jack Nicholson


Morgan Freeman


Sean Hayes


Beverly Todd


Rob Morrow

Dr. Hollins

Alfonso Freeman


Rowena King


Annton Berry Jr.


Verda Bridges


Destiny Brownridge


Brian Copeland


Ian Anthony Dale


Jennifer Defrancisco


(as Jennifer DeFrancisco)

Angela Gardner

Female Administrator

Noel Gugliemi


(as Noel Guglielmi)

When he closed his eyes, his heart was opened


Official Website:
Warner Bros [France] |
Warner Bros. [United States] |

Release Date: 11 January 2008

Filming Locations: California Speedway – 9300 Cherry Avenue, Fontana, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $45,000,000


Opening Weekend: $161,840
(23 December 2007)
(16 Screens)

Gross: $93,452,056
(1 June 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Carter is a mechanic. Morgan Freeman in real life worked as a mechanic in the US Air Force


In the race track scene, Carter always looks to his right when he talks to Ed who is in the yellow car to his right. When Carter races away towards the end of this scene, their cars are on the wrong side. Ed's yellow car is to the left of Carter's red car.


[first lines]

Carter Chambers:
Edward Perriman Cole died in May. It was a Sunday afternoon, and there wasn't a cloud in the sky…

User Review

Oscar worthy

Rating: 10/10

You know that feeling when you walk out of a movie and think "God, that
was just such a great film"? It takes a lot for me to think that…
especially when it's a movie about two men who have cancer… but this
movie really did it for me, as well as everyone else in the theater. I
saw the movie at its first ever screening in Pasadena and it was just
wonderful… even with temp music and unfinished visual effects! Jack
Nicholson and Morgan Freeman were truly amazing together – it's a film
about cancer, and yet the two were able to balance the comedy and the
drama of the script in such the perfect way that the audience loved
every moment of the movie. The script was quite original, which was
such a breath of fresh air, and the acting couldn't have been any
better. I would recommend this film to anyone and everyone – as it was
such a feel-good movie that made you both laugh and cry at the same
time – something you don't come across too often. Not only did the
audience applaud the movie at the end, but EVERY single viewer who
stayed to give comments agreed that the movie was "Excellent"… I
can't imagine how often that happens. I'd be surprised if this movie
isn't up for some Oscar or another come next year.