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Travel Movie Tuesday: A Shot of Wanderlust from 'The Bucket List'

May 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM | by | ()

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

The proverbial bucketlist is a running log of things which one deems necessary to accomplish before saying goodbye to this world. With this understanding, watching a movie like 'The Bucket List' is a way to enjoy, through comedy, what is actually a very serious thing. Starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as two terminally-ill, but very different men brought into each others lives after a night in a hospital. The two men decide to embark on a road trip and start ticking off some of the things on Carter Chambers' (played by Freeman) list.

Wealthy hospital tycoon Edward Cole (played by Nicholson), funds a private Learjet trip to help his new friend accomplish some things he's always dreamed of. They head off to fly over the North Pole, enjoy a fine French meal in Chevre d'Or, gamble in Monte Carlo, and stand in awe of the beauty of the Taj Mahal. From India, the pair travel north to ride motorcycles on the Great Wall of China, which we can only imagine is frowned upon outside of Hollywood.

With a stop in Africa to experience a lion safari and the Great Pyramid of Giza, the duo travel to Hong Kong to finish their once-in-a-lifetime trip. Carter eventually calls the journey quits after Edward heads back to his wife and family back in the States.

Edward returns to New York to find Carter is back in the hospital after a seizure. It's at this point Carter explains the true origin of his favorite luxury coffee, kopi luwak; needless to say, Edward wasn't very impressed.

Now, we wouldn't necessarily steal anything from the story's actual bucketlist, but after watching we may have re-prioritized our own. At the very least, The Bucket List will instill some of the wanderlust that makes you want to just hop on a plane and go.

[Photo: IMDb]

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