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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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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)  »

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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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This was the first film which Mcgregor did not take his family along for the shoot. 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

Les Gault: What'd you do that for?
Joe Taylor: I had no use for it.
Les Gault: Must be worth something, though.
Joe Taylor: Not to me.
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Published by Moldy Fig Music (BMI)
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This is a great movie
1 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is about a sociopath. He moves like a shark, never really staying anywhere for very long, killing or maiming emotionally anything that has the correct biology. His behavior betrays a self involvement and selfishness that is numbing. He is also a woman hater. The violence he does to women is with his penis. He rarely if ever, befriends men and in fact, uses them to get to what he wants. At the end of the movie, you hate him but are amazed by his total lack of connection with anyone.

Ewan McGregor is so wonderful in this role; it was as if it were made for him. As the young man who uses women and discards them throughout the movie, his portrayal is seamless. Naturally, Tilda Swinton is incredible too, as she always is.

Everyone in this is terrific. Don't see this if you are depressed.


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