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Young Adam (2003)

NC-17 | | Crime, Drama | 26 September 2003 (UK)
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A young drifter working on a river barge disrupts his employers' lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits.

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Therese Bradley ...
Gwen
Ewan Stewart ...
Daniel Gordon
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Bill
Pauline Turner ...
Connie
Alan Cooke ...
Bob M'bussi
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Sam
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Freight Supervisor
Andrew Neil ...
Barman
Arnold Brown ...
Bowler Hat Man
Meg Fraser ...
Stall Woman
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Joe, a rootless young drifter, finds work on a barge travelling between Glasgow and Edinburgh, owned by Les and his wife Ella. One afternoon they discover the corpse of a young woman floating in the water. Accident? Suicide? Murder? As the police investigate and suspect is arrested, we discover that Joe knows more than he is letting on. Gradually we learn of Joe's past relationship with the dead woman. Meanwhile an unspoken attraction develops between Joe and Ella, heightening the claustrophobic tensions in the confined space of the barge. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama

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Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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26 September 2003 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El joven Adán  »

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Budget:

£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£228,692 (UK) (26 September 2003)

Gross:

$767,240 (USA) (13 August 2004)
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Ewan McGregor's nude scenes were originally going to be cut from the U.S. release, but after McGregor objected, the full-frontal nude scenes were put back in. See more »

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In a wide shot of the skyline of Glasgow from Kelvingrove Park, the Glasgow Tower can be seen on the horizon. The tower wasn't built until 2000. See more »

Quotes

Ella Gault: Say hello to Joe.
Joe Taylor: Alright?
Jim Gault: Bastard.
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Featured in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) See more »

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THE GREAT WESTERN ROAD
Written & Performed by David Byrne
Published by Moldy Fig Music (BMI)
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Excellent morality play
28 August 2003 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This is an outstandingly acted and filmed story about an amoral person who is faced with a moral dilemma that few people would wish to find themselves in.

The directing, lighting and cinematography are excellent, and the acting universally of a very high quality too. It's a bleak, grim story in a bleak, grim setting, but it certainly isn't boring (unless you find good character development and scripting boring). There is a lot of sex, yes, but it isn't gratuitous. Those who think it is clearly have little idea of what the film is about.


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