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Damage (1992)

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A member of Parliament falls passionately in love with his son's fiancée despite the dangers of discovery.



(screenplay), (novel)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Lloyd
Peter Wetzler
Gemma Clarke ...
Sally Fleming
Donald Lyndsay, MP
Prime Minister
Ray Gravell ...
Raymond (as Raymond Gravell)
Susan Engel ...
Miss Snow
Civil Servant
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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Quand une passion devient ... See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

22 January 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fatale  »

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Did You Know?


Todd McCarthy in American show-business trade paper 'Variety' said of this film's censorship classification controversy upon its initial American release that the "original version, which was screened for critics while the battle with the MPAA over the NC-17 rating was played out, contains nothing that hasn't been seen in countless R-rated pix over the years; if the entire flap hadn't happened, one wouldn't have thought anything of it. As things stand, film is being cut to R-rating specifications, which must now be considerably more rigorous than they were a few months ago". Brian J. Dillard at website 'Allmovie' states that the film's "stark, frank sex scenes were trimmed to attain an R rating for theatrical release [in the USA], [but] the original, uncut version is available on video and DVD". See more »


Anna sets out a vase of red tulips in the Apartment M hideaway. When she sets them up they are long and limp, but when the movie cuts back to Stephen being interviewed by the inspector, the flowers are shorter and standing straight up. See more »


Dr. Stephen Fleming: I saw her once more only. I saw her by accident at an airport, changing planes. She didn't see me. She was with Peter. She was holding a child. She was no different from anyone else.
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If I was on a deserted island with only 1 movie...
5 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

There's a fine line between passion and pain, and no one does either of them better than Jeremy Irons. Obsession is the bottom line here, and anyone who's been there can relate. Nothing else matters, and in this movie, Irons crosses all the lines. His first introduction to Binoche...their first rendezvous...their last ...these are engraved in my memory. Sure rich and beautiful people populate this movie, but the emotional punch it packs is one hundred percent REAL. Miranda Richardson, as the grieving mother, couldn't be better. The haunting photographic image near the end of the movie hit me very hard. A deserted island? And only one movie? Damage. Damage. Damage.

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