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Illusion (2004)

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Donald Baines (Kirk Douglas) is a successful Hollywood director nearing death. His life was filled with fame and riches but devoid of love. Haunted by the memory of the son he abandoned, Donald Baines is given the opportunity to see three views of his son's journey, each representing a different period of his son's life.

Donald bears witness to the impact his absence had on his son's life and in his own inability to find love. Ultimately Donald is offered the opportunity to alter the outcome of his son's life in this haunting yet beautiful tale of love and redemption.

Kirk Douglas, Michael Goorjian
Michael Goorjian

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Login or sign upsign up to add a comment, posted on March 30, 2015

Beauifully done, heartfelt, Loved It!!!!!

cyndun, posted on March 23, 2015

excellent film...I recommend it as a "must see"! Very touching...

sechandler6, posted on March 18, 2015

Kirk Douglas still h as it a great film. a great performance. I loved this movie. Wonderful. !!!

camacl2000, posted on March 12, 2015

Beautiful movie, touched me deeply, sent to me especially today x

philchris58, posted on March 1, 2015

a great film made me feel somethng deep inside to have that chance at the end to amend would be grand even if you didnt get to see it

bgspade, posted on February 19, 2015

love love love it!!

kate_minogianni, posted on December 3, 2014

So touching!!! I enjoyed it with all my heart..

sehweil1982, posted on November 23, 2014

Very deep and spiritual, it deeply touched my soul

ust_peace, posted on November 22, 2014

This is the best movie you can ever ask for. I am not sure why this movie has not won every available Oscar award. I think most of the world is not ready for this sort of movie. You can see it as a best romantic flick but if you want to understand the meaning of Illusion you must get out of the film and rewrite the final scene. The final scene is always available for cut since you are still in that scene.

Sheilah_s, posted on November 8, 2014

This is honestly the best movie I have ever seen. If I am ever asked from today forward—“What is the best movie you have ever seen?” I will name this film. Definitely became a fan of the actor/director from it. This really did it for me on so many levels.

mila_vladi, posted on November 4, 2014

Very emotional and beautiful story line. It's a movie that opens a heart!

YAKUSH007, posted on August 30, 2014

with a message that was superbly delivered by all of the characters. I am grateful.

Atia, posted on August 8, 2014

I watched it because I am a fan of Kirk Douglas. He was absolutely wonderful, fabulous. Now I am a new fan of Michael Goorjian. It was a beautifully moving and inspirational film.

claire mccarthy, posted on August 2, 2014

wonderful,loved it

shane.mchan, posted on August 1, 2014

loved it

KENNETHL, posted on July 18, 2014

Bravo! Bravo!!

starmelt1, posted on June 8, 2014

..due to the violence content.. I prefer it not to be on Gaiam ..enough of that in real life..

anncastlelcsw, posted on March 28, 2015

Gaiam IS about reality and sadly, violence is part of it. So is narcissism and denial, which Kirk Douglas's character was full of. I found those traits and the repercussions of them to be even more upsetting than the acts of overt violence. Christopher's physical scars healed but the denigrating voice of his father taunting him, though imagined, proved to be far more damaging.

starmelt1, posted on June 8, 2014

internet issues replicating my comments..

starmelt1, posted on June 8, 2014

some good acting

MARIE-JEANNEL, posted on May 27, 2014

Fabulous film, I've enjoyed every minute of it, thank you.

oneofspirit, posted on May 17, 2014

Romantic, heart-felt, very enjoyable movie that has a wonderful message: it's all about love.

ceritasfgp, posted on May 13, 2014

I think I remember Kirk had problems in relationship with Michael D.

Kirk Douglas fabulous after a stroke, aged,still acting and maybe the best I have seen of his films. I felt this all the way to the bone... well done indeed

oluconi, posted on May 11, 2014

Great film, I love it. Bravo Kirk Douglas!, posted on May 10, 2014

I loved this film. It is one of the best films I've seen in a long time. Thank you to all the actors and especially Kirk Douglas! Awesome , Awesome, Awesome!

terriev7, posted on May 10, 2014

Awesome! Beautiful film.

Dwestbear, posted on May 9, 2014

Highly recommended. A beautiful film to remind us all that there is only Love. Nothing else really matters in this Earth Game. Well done!

AlohaRnG, posted on May 9, 2014

we make a difference, every thought action and intention. Powerful movie.

vll_511, posted on May 9, 2014

This movie is incredibly well done. I couldn't move a muscle through it, and I'm not sure if I blinked or not. Heartfelt!!

KELLYM8, posted on May 8, 2014

I've watched this movie about four times now. I love it! Kirk Douglas at his finest. So good on so many levels.

ConstanceEO, posted on April 23, 2014

So deep and heartfelt…just beautiful.

AtHeart909, posted on April 14, 2014

The population, as a whole, need more movies of this caliber. Kirk Douglas hasn't lost a thing over the years, that was acting, not to diminish the other characters. I think Gaiamtv is the best thing(programming) available on the internet, thank you so very much to the minds that have brought this to the public!

sandy2, posted on March 25, 2014

So glad I watched this movie. Loved it

AndreaD, posted on March 9, 2014

Wow! That was heartwarming on so many levels.

contact44, posted on March 3, 2014

Oh my God!!! Thank you!

mstrchristeen, posted on January 15, 2014

I loved this movie. It has a great message!

esaulenkoe, posted on January 1, 2014

the movie was really good!

anamaria.carvalho, posted on December 7, 2013

It is never too late to redeem yourself to your fullness with love and light.
Beautiful film ... got to the very core of my being and tugged away at my heart.

soheylaM, posted on December 2, 2013

A brilliant movie , exceptional acting and many messages for one to ponder over. Provocatively real put into illusion form.

aga.peaceandlove, posted on November 3, 2013

What an amazing movie ! will make you think closely at your own relationship.

pvinas, posted on October 25, 2013

Beautiful film! Gaiam please keep finding this kind of talent in movie making!

virginia Toupin, posted on October 23, 2013

Loved this film with excellent actors, carries a very important message for each & everyone of us. Take the time to view this extraordinary film. Thanks Gaiam for adding this game changer film.

annettaagot, posted on September 5, 2013

So beautiful, it made me cry.

susan71, posted on August 28, 2013

Beautiful, tragic, and heartbreaking....

abeya101, posted on May 10, 2013

Keep making this kind of movies and will be glued

abeya101, posted on May 10, 2013

Watch this movie and increase your consciousness just a bit or a lot.

jangeofffuller, posted on April 30, 2013

Beautifully played by Kirk Douglas, wish we had the foresight to be able to change the outcome sometimes.

CAROLB0, posted on March 27, 2013

Excellent film... Life is a story. We can choose love.

Jacquelyn Andrea Brown, posted on March 26, 2013

Overall good theme and point on love and redemption. However the story arc of the son's romance was a little too ridiculous and melodramatic for my taste, and it had its own set of flaws. I would have preferred a different way to tell the same story.

Jacquelyn Andrea Brown, posted on March 26, 2013

Overall good theme and point on love and redemption. However the story arc of the son's romance was a little too ridiculous and melodramatic for my taste, and it had its own set of flaws. I would have preferred a different way to tell the same story.

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