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Endless Love (1981)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  17 July 1981 (USA)
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A high school student's love for a 15-year-old girl is thwarted by parental disapproval, circumstance and accident.



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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Hewitt ...
Keith Butterfield (as Jimmy Spader)
Robert Moore ...
Dr. Miller
Jan Miner ...
Mrs. Switzer
Salem Ludwig ...
Mr. Switzer
Leon B. Stevens ...
Vida Wright ...
Leonard (as Jeff Marcus)


Two young teenagers, Jade Butterfield and David Axelrod, fall in love with each other. But the passion is too consuming for Jade's bohemian parents. Her parents try to stop them from seeing each other. But when this doesn't work, David burns down the house and is sent to a mental hospital. This doesn't stop him from seeing her. When he gets out, he goes to look for her and remains in love with her. But in the end, the passion for his first love is too strong and she has to leave or this love will kill both of them. Written by Jonathan Catt <jcatt@execpc.com>

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She is 15. He is 17. The love every parent fears.


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

17 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor eterno  »

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Meg Ryan auditioned for the role of Jade Butterfield. See more »


Arthur Axelrod: [to David] I'll tell you something. Seeing you in love reminded me of what it's like. I never thought I could believe in all this a second time.
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Referenced in Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) See more »


Performed by Cliff Richard
Written by Alan Tarney / Leo Sayer
Rare Blue Music (ASCAP) / ATV Music (BMI) / Long Manor Ltd. (PRS)
Cliff Richard Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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love this movie
2 March 2002 | by (PA) – See all my reviews

I just saw this movie again for the first time in almost 20 years. This was the greatest, it really touched me when i was a teenage. I saw it with my first love and still to this day I think of him when I see it or think about it. After reading the other comments on this movie it is hard for me to understand how some people dont love it. I think i love it so much because of when i first saw it, I was a teenage in 1981 and it was like nothing i ever saw before. People who are seeing it for the first time now might not get it the same way. My daughter is a teen now and I would like to watch it with her and see what she thinks. this movie will always have a special place in my heart.

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