Grace Is Gone

Synopsis: Stan Philipps's wife Grace is a sergeant with the U.S. Army. While she's posted to Iraq, the earnest Stan is home in Minnesota with their daughters, Heidi, 12, and Dawn, 8. He manages a home supply store. After morning visitors bring Stan news, he takes the girls for a car ride that turns into a spontaneous trip to Dawn's favorite place, a Florida amusement park. On the way, they stop at Stan's mother's house, where his brother is staying. Heidi is an insomniac, who tries to fathom her father's uncharacteristic behavior. Dawn is cheerfully unreflective. They have fun at the park. Stan summons his courage.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Jim Strouse
Production: The Weinstein Company
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

[phone rings]




[Woman on answering machine]

Hi. You've reached Grace,

Stanley, Heidi, and Dawn.

We're not home right now,

but if you leave a message,

we'll get back to you

as soon as possible.


Hi, everyone! It's Mom!

I just wanted to call

and tell you how much

I'm thinking of you.

Stan, I guess

you're at work now.

Have you had a chance

to go to that group thing yet?

I think it's a great idea.

God, it's hot here.

I'm not sure when I'm going

to be able to call again.

It might be a few days.

I just wanted to tell you

that I love you

and I miss you.

Write me.


Good morning.

- Good morning.

- Good morning.

Let's huddle up.

Put it in.

Come on, Agnes.

All right, now give me an H!

- H!

- Give me an O!

- O!

- Give me an M!

- M!

- Give me an E!

- E!

- Give me an S!

- S!

- Give me a T!

- T!

- Give me an O-R-E!


What's that spell?

Home Store!

- What's that spell?

- Home Store!

- Who's number 1?

- Customers!

- Who's number 1?

- Customers!

- Who's number 1?

- Customers!

Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!

Go get 'em.


And Charles knows that I don't--

I don't usually go

for that kind of thing.

But he's telling me


how hot I'm making him,

and, uh, I can--

I can even hear him.

He's-- I can hear him.


You know, so we both--

we're-- we're both getting into it,

getting really--

muttering and talking,

and I'm just about to scream,

and-- and-- and--

and then the phone goes dead.


It's pretty romantic, huh?


Oh, honey, don't worry.

Those won't be his last words.

You should consider yourself lucky.

Phone sex is nothing

compared to what Ron did to me

the night before he shipped.

I know, but it would

never be like that

with a woman.

Oh, I wouldn't say that.

Well, you know, I've never had

to make that kind of good-bye.

Well, why don't we ask Stanley?

His wife did.

Uh, well, Stan?

Grace and I had a nice time.

Well, what did you do?

We put the kids to bed, you know.

Then we watched Leno.

You didn't--

That's really none

of anybody's business.

I'm sorry. It's--

Uh, I mean, it must

have been so hard.

No, no, no.

It wasn't hard.



I was proud to see her go.

Of course you were.


- Of course you were.

- [Women] Yeah.


Yeah, we're all proud.

I just want them to come home.

When is Ron supposed

to come home?

January if his tour

doesn't get extended.

Well, don't hold your breath.

They always extend.

Welcome to the Army, honey,

and my prescription medicine cabinet.

[Man on TV]

Two bombs have gone off

in the capital today,

killing at least four people,

and there have also been reports

of skirmishes between gunmen--

[TV shuts off]

What was that?


What were you watching?


Turn it back on.


Not everyone is pleased

with the new order of things in Baghdad.

Thousands today demonstrated in front--

I'm sorry, Dad.

You better be.

... the demonstration organized

by anti-occupation Shiites.

In a disturbing development

is Basra in Iraq's south,

the Iranians--

[shouting, gunfire]

...raising new security concerns--

[clears throat]

What's this I hear about you

falling asleep in school?

You know better than that.

I'm sorry.

We get plenty of sleep

here every night.

There's no excuse for you

to be falling asleep in school.

I know.

I'm not going to have

to talk to you

about this again, am l?

I didn't hear you.



I want you to go

to Mrs. Shimerhorn tomorrow.

I want you to apologize,

I want you to ask for extra work

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Jim Strouse

James C. Strouse is an American screenwriter and film director. He wrote the film Lonesome Jim, directed by Steve Buscemi. He wrote and made his directorial debut with Grace Is Gone starring John Cusack. more…

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