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Possession (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 30 August 2002 (USA)
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A pair of literary sleuths unearth the amorous secret of two Victorian poets only to find themselves falling under a passionate spell.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Blanche Glover
Ellen Ash
Fergus Wolfe
Tom Hickey ...
Sir George
Lady Bailey
Craig Crosbie ...
Christopher Good ...


Roland Michell is an American scholar trying to make it in the difficult world of British Academia. He has yet to break out from under his mentor's shadow until he finds a pair of love letters that once belonged to one of his idols, a famous Victorian poet. Michell, after some sleuthing, narrows down the suspects to a woman not his wife, another well known Victorian poet. Roland enlists the aid of a Dr. Maud Bailey, an expert on the life of the woman in question. Together they piece together the story of a forbidden love affair, and discover one of their own. They also find themselves in a battle to hold on to their discovery before it falls into the hands of their rival, Fergus Wolfe. Written by C.D.

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The past will connect them. The passion will possess them.


Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality and some thematic elements | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

30 August 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Posesión  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,575,214 (USA) (16 August 2002)


$10,103,647 (USA) (11 October 2002)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ralph Fiennes was offered the role of Randolph Henry Ash. See more »


When Maude is in her car waiting for Roland to come out of the museum, her window is down. When he gets in the car and they begin talking, it is rolled up. See more »


[first lines]
Randolph Ash: They say that women change. 'Tis so, but you are ever-constant in your changefulness. Like that still thread of falling river, one from source to last embrace, in the still pool ever-renewed and ever-moving on, from first to last, a myriad water-drops.
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References The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) See more »


Performed by Ramón Vargas
Conducted by Gabriel Yared
Music by Gabriel Yared
Original lyrics by Peter Gosling
Italian translation: Michela Antonello
Orchestra leader: Cathy Thompson
Produced by Gabriel Yared and Graham Walker
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Unexpectedly Magical Film!
8 June 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I recently watched Possession and went into it with low expectations...counting on it to compare with some of Paltrow's other flops like Bounce or Duets, but I am thrilled to say I was pleasantly surprised by this film. First of all, Paltrow's co-star is the fresh new actor, Aaron Eckhart and not played out Ben Affleck or non-actor musician, Huey Lewis. So right off the bat, I was pleased by that!Possession is an extremely intelligent film that oozes with intrigue as Paltrow and Eckhart race to solve the mystery of a heart-wrenching romantic scandal taken from history. It weaves together a relatable modern-day romance with an irresistibly passionate Victorian love story. This film is very "out of the box" and unexpected...an extremely unconventional romance that makes you think. I love those and think you will too!

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