Damage (1992)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  22 January 1993 (USA)
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A member of Parliament falls passionately in love with his son's fiancée despite the dangers of discovery.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martyn Fleming
Edward Lloyd
Peter Wetzler
Gemma Clarke ...
Sally Fleming
Donald Lyndsay, MP
Elizabeth Prideaux
Tony Doyle ...
Prime Minister
Ray Gravell ...
Raymond (as Raymond Gravell)
Susan Engel ...
Miss Snow
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Jeff Nuttall ...
Trevor Leigh Davies MP


A member of Parliament (Irons) falls passionately in love with his son's fiancée. They pursue their affair with obsessive abandon despite the dangers of discovery and what it would do to his complacent life and his son. Completely obsessed, he wants to give up his current lifestyle to be with her. She has no intention of allowing him to do this, preferring to have her marriage to the son as a cover. They are eventually discovered, and must deal with the damage. Based on the novel by Josephine Hart. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 January 1993 (USA)  »

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$7,532,911 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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First of two collaborations [to date, June 2015] of French actresses Leslie Caron and Juliette Binoche who would around eight years later both work on Lasse Hallström's Chocolat (2000). See more »


Stephen's arms change position around Anna after she tells him about Peter and Aston. See more »


Anna Barton: What would you win by leaving Ingrid?
Dr. Stephen Fleming: You. I'd win you.
Anna Barton: Then you'd win something you already have.
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Very Good Human Drama
4 July 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I don't know. I have read some of the reviews here and some literate folk seem to me to want to wax lyrical about vapor. Meaning, sometimes people get a kick out of writing silly things.

If this is the worse movie anyone has seen, then they've not seen many movies. I'm not saying it is for everyone, it's a long key affair, where everything is below the surface (which is actually referenced in the film over a dinner table scene) until finally it breaks free with horrendous results.

Four great performances, Irons is brilliant as a man with great self-control who finds himself for the first time ever, obsessed. Richardson who nearly steals the entire film with a single scene near the end - writing years of personal grief across her face in bruises. Binoche who knows where safe harbor lies (with Peter) who cannot avoid destroying peoples lives. Graves as the ineffectual son, who knows he's in love with a woman in pain, but does not yet know how it will manifest itself.

It's a good film. Beware of anyone who goes to extremes to say otherwise. It's not an easy film to ridicule. (ps. I watched the R2 DVD, it's an awful presentation - AVOID).

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