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


Drama | Romance


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17 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor eterno  »

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Shirley Knight begged director Franco Zeffirelli to cast Rosanna Arquette, Linda Blair, Bo Derek, Carrie Fisher, Jodie Foster, Melanie Griffith, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kristy McNichol, Michelle Pfeiffer or Debra Winger for the role of Jade Butterfield, as she felt that 14-year-old Brooke Shields did not have the right talent for the role. See more »


Jade Butterfield: It was a once in a lifetime thing, David. I know that! And it came in a time when we were too young to handle it. That was the terrible part.
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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)
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Special memory for me
19 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie has special meaning for me. I remember being 16 when I took the "love of my life" (who was 15) to see it. I had not seen it since...until tonight. For some reason, I had been thinking about this movie lately and looked on EBay and got it yesterday. I watched it tonight and cannot believe the memories it brought back. I was surprised to remember a lot of the scenes and lines throughout. It also made me terribly sad to remember that my "love" passed away in a car accident 3 years after we saw it together. The title song gets me every time. I cannot honestly say whether or not this is a "good" movie as far as "good" movies go. But I can say without a doubt that after watching this tonight for the first time in 25 years, this movie takes my heart to a place it hasn't been to since 1984 and made me remember an unforgettable night in 1981.

I guess that's what certain movies do, be it "good" or "bad".

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