Griffin & Phoenix

January 18th, 2007


Griffin & Phoenix

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GRIFFIN AND PHOENIX is a poignantly funny love story about two people who face a seemingly insurmountable obstacle that may stand between them and a last chance at love.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 6.9/10 (3,434 voted)

Director: Ed Stone

Stars: Amanda Peet, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Paulson

Griffin is divorced, living in a flat in Manhattan while his sons and ex live in the family home in Westchester. He gets bad news from his oncologist: cancerous lesions have spread through his chest, and he has only a year or so to live. He audits a psychology class on death and dying at a nearby college where he chats up a woman who turns out to be an assistant dean. She's Phoenix; she smiles but keeps her distance, warming to him slowly. He tells her nothing of his situation. At his apartment a few days later, she finds a stash of books on death, dying, and terminal illness: will she put two and two together, and what will she do about it?

Amanda Peet - Phoenix
Dermot Mulroney - Griffin
Sarah Paulson - Peri
Blair Brown - Eve
Alison Elliott - Terry
Lois Smith - Dr. Imberman
Jonah Meyerson - Kirk
Max Morris - Andrew
Simon Jones - Professor
Jesse Tyler Ferguson - Student (as Jesse Ferguson)
Susan Pourfar - Waitress
Omar Scroggins - Movie Usher
Adam Kulbersh - Stu Knoepflemacher
Adriane Lenox - Doctor
Novella Nelson - Maya Restaurant Owner

Taglines: A love story with no expectations.

Release Date: 18 January 2007

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs


Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When the doctor is showing an X-Ray at the beginning of the scene, she puts the exam backwards, meaning the right side is on the left, thus changing the position of the heart - a mistake any med student would notice. She also says that there are several lesions in the chest, whereas the x-ray appears to be normal from the distance the viewer can see. Additionally, an x-ray is not the best exam to identify this kind of cancer, it would usually be a CT scan - an exam available in the time the story is being told.

Griffin: I was talking to this idiot the other day and as he looked back from the mirror I realized I was right about one thing. There is an answer... and the answer is being with you. I love you for better or for worse, this time we that we have, this can be part of the better part, because we'll be together and that way everything even this is better... good even.

User Review


Rating: 10/10

Dermot Mulroney delivers a spectacular performance in Griffin and Phoenix, which premiered on Lifetime this evening. Mulroney is Griffin, a New Yorker who learns he has cancer and has but a year or two at the most to live. Griffin meets Phoenix (Amanda Peet, at her best) while taking a class at a university, and he pursues her, not telling her he has cancer. As the two grow closer, he learns something about her he did not expect.

Exquisite and bittersweet are two adjectives that come to mind when I think of this movie. This is a love story, a beautiful story that reminded me how important and short life is. The water tower and lake scenes were amazing. Grab a box of tissues, you will need them. Easily the best I have seen from Lifetime this year.


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