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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

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Rose Axelrod
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Keith Butterfield (as Jimmy Spader)
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Robert Moore ...
Dr. Miller
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Ingrid Orchester
Jan Miner ...
Mrs. Switzer
Salem Ludwig ...
Mr. Switzer
Leon B. Stevens ...
Judge
Vida Wright ...
Sonia
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Leonard (as Jeff Marcus)
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Storyline

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.

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

17 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor eterno  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,163,623, 19 July 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,184,024

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,492,674
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

At night, as David is starting the fire, when the wind in the trees is shown, day-for-night filming fails to hide that the sunny blue sky can clearly be seen through the foliage. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Endless Lust (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Endless Love
Performed by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie courtesy of Motown Records
Written and Produced by Lionel Richie
PGP Music/Brockman Music (ASCAP)
Administered by Intersong Music
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An endless amount of flaws is more like it.
5 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

Based on the praised novel of the same name, this film deals with the obessive love between two teenagers during a span of about 5 years. With all the talent behind this, including the director, Brooke Shields, and the source of the material you would think this would be a terrific movie, but don't be fooled. It is awful. The two leads are OK, but the rest of the cast just hams it up in a most embarrasing way, the script is really lumpy, the editing perfectly awful, and the direction nowhere near as good as the directors previous efforts (which include Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew). Some people may find it good on a so bad its good level. Others beware. My rating: 3 out of 10. (because the title song is excellent)


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