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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>

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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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Brooke Shields' mother and manager Teri Shields nearly turned down the film after first reading the script, as she felt the role of Jade Butterfield had no substance. She said "It was just going to be Brooke standing around looking beautiful.". See more »


Jade Butterfield: You know what I keep thinking about? A night in the house. I was a little girl, and then I saw David all alone. And I don't know. I just... I wanted to go to him. Was that wrong? I wasn't a happy little girl anymore. Something changed. The first time in my life I was me.
Ann Butterfield: Life goes on. We change.
Jade Butterfield: But it hurts. It hurts so much.
Ann Butterfield: Oh, Baby, it all happened so fast for you. When you live a lifetime you'll understand it.
Jade Butterfield: But he loved me. He loves me! No one will ever love me as much.
Ann Butterfield: Many people will...
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I Was Made For Lovin' You
Performed by KISS (as Kiss)
Written by Paul Stanley / Vini Poncia / Desmond Child
Kiss Songs (ASCAP) / Mad Vincent Music (BMI)
Kiss courtesy of Casablanca Records
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This movie gave me my first lesson in Love
28 December 1999 | by (America) – See all my reviews

I was just a young teenager when I snuck into the theater to see this one. This was the first "Love Story" I really ever watched, and I was touched. I was snatched away into the world of Jade and David, and seduced by the emotion and feelings. By the end, when the movie reaches it's climax, I was in tears. My heart was breaking for each of the charactors. Yes, I was young and emotional, but this movie made an impression on me and gave me my first lesson in Love. I snuck in two more times, just to feel those tears again. I Loved it!

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