"I hate your rotten guts!"
Description: Morgan Freeman as Carter Chambers yells at his friend Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) as they skydive from a plane in the motion picture Bucket List (2007). Edward had just yelled, "How 'bout this, huh? This is living!...Surrender to the void!"
Carter Chambers is an auto mechanic. Edward Cole is a wealthy business man. The only thing they have in common is terminal lung cancer.
Now, both of these men share a room in a hospital owned by Edward Cole. When Cole was well, he insisted that his hospital rooms have two beds. But now that he finds himself in one of his own hospitals, he doesn't want to share a room with Carter, whom he refers to as Zombie Boy.
"I've had bowls of soup with more depth than you have." - Carter Chambers
Eventually, the two men warm up to each other and decide that before they die, they need to do the things they've always wanted to do. And so they escape the hospital and go on a round the world vacation to experience their "bucket list" (things to do before they "kick the bucket").
The Bucket List included such items as:
- Drive a Shelby Mustang
- Fly over the North Pole
- Dine at Chevre d'Or in France
- Visit the Taj Mahal, India
- Ride motorcycle on the Great Wall of China
- View the Great Pyramids of Egypt
- Go on a lion safari in Africa
- Travel to the base of Mt. Everest in Nepal ("witness something truly majestic")
- Laugh til I cry
- Kiss the most beautiful girl in the world (Edward's granddaughter).
- Help a complete stranger for the good
After the two men return to America, Carter reunites with his estranged daughter but then suffers a setback and has to be rushed to surgery when they discover his cancer has spread to his brain.
Before Carter died, he sent his friend, Edward a letter that read, in part: "There's no way I can repay you for all you've done for me, so rather than try, I'm just going to ask you to do something else for me...Find the joy in your life, Edward. My dear friend, close your eyes and let the waters take you home."
"Good afternoon. My name is Edward Cole. I don't know what most people say at these occasions because in all honesty, I've tried to avoid them. The simplest thing is I loved him and I miss him. Carter and I saw the world together, which is amazing when you think that only three months ago we were complete strangers. I hope that it doesn't sound selfish of me, but the last months of his life were the best months of mine. He saved my life, and he knew it before I did. I'm deeply proud that this man found it worth his while to know me. In the end, I think it's safe to say that we brought some joy to one another's lives, so one day, when I go to some final resting place, if I happen to wake up next to a certain wall with a gate, I hope that Carter's there to vouch for me and show me the ropes on the other side."
Edward, whose cancer went into remission, lived until age 81. When he died, his devoted assistant Matthew (whom Edward called "Thomas") carried his ashes (stored in a can of Chock full o'Nuts coffee can) to the Himalayan Mountains and deposited Edward's ashes on a summit alongside another can (Carter's ashes). With his task complete, Matthew crossed off the last item on the bucket list ("witness something truly majestic") and places it between the cans.
"Edward Perryman Cole died in May. It was a Sunday in the afternoon and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. He was 81 years old. Even now, I can't claim to understand the measure of a life, but I can tell you this: I know that when he died, his eyes were closed and his heart was open, and I'm pretty sure he was happy with his final resting place because he was buried on the mountain, and that was against the law." - Voiceover of Carter Chambers