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Endless Love (1981)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Did You Know?


Tom Cruise's very brief appearance in the film is actually critical to the film's plot. See more »


Ann Butterfield: I think that night... that night that I came down and saw you with Jade and then made love to my husband... I was making love to you.
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Referenced in Family Ties: Summer of '82 (1982) 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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Endless Love 1981 - Why is this not out on DVD?
19 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a big fan of movies that were released in the 80's. I can't believe that this movie has not been released in the United States on DVD as of yet??? I have been searching for it and found out it has been released in other countries, but not here yet. I really enjoyed this movie when I was younger and know that even this generation would really enjoy it. I think it would be a great seller and rental. This movie was aired on television several times after it's release at the movie theaters and I know it was a big hit. I hope the production company considers releasing this great movie. I hope that maybe if enough people request it they will listen. This movie was a great coming of age movie that shows a great love story of two young people who have to fight to stay together. It reminds me of a modern Romeo & Juliet. I know it was released on VHS, but never on DVD. It you come across it I recommend you watch it.

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