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An extraordinary event brought them together. A deadly obsession will tear them apart. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Daniel Craig ... Joe

Samantha Morton ... Claire
Bill Weston ... Grandfather
Jeremy McCurdie ... Boy in Balloon (as Jeremy Mccurdie)

Lee Sheward ... John Logan
Nick Wilkinson ... Farmer

Rhys Ifans ... Jed

Bill Nighy ... Robin

Susan Lynch ... Rachel

Ben Whishaw ... Spud
Justin Salinger ... Frank

Andrew Lincoln ... TV Producer

Helen McCrory ... Mrs. Logan
Rosie Michell ... Katie Logan (as Rosanna Michell)
Ella Doyle ... Katie Logan's Friend
Félicité Du Jeu ... Girl in Logan's Car

Alexandra Aitken ... Natasha
Aoife Carroll ... Robin & Rachel's Child (as Aoife)
Rory Carroll ... Robin & Rachel's Child
Sophie Duncan ... Robin & Rachel's Child (as Sophie)
Susan Duncan ... Robin & Rachel's Child

Anna Maxwell Martin ... Penny

Corin Redgrave ... Professor
Algy ... Logan's Dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mandy Lee Berger ... Student (uncredited)
Anthony James Berowne ... Art critic (uncredited)
Alex Edwards ... Student (uncredited)
Talisa Garcia ... (uncredited)
Alana O'Neill ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Michell 
Writing credits
Ian McEwan (novel)

Joe Penhall (screenplay)

Produced by
Katie Bullock-Webster .... assistant producer
François Ivernel .... executive producer
Kevin Loader .... producer
Cameron McCracken .... executive producer
Ian McEwan .... associate producer
Duncan Reid .... executive producer
Rosa Romero .... line producer
Tessa Ross .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jeremy Sams 
Cinematography by
Haris Zambarloukos (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Nicolas Gaster 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
Fiona Weir 
Production Design by
John Paul Kelly  (as John-Paul Kelly)
Art Direction by
Emma MacDevitt (supervising art director) (as Emma Macdevitt)
Set Decoration by
Sara Wan 
Costume Design by
Natalie Ward 
Makeup Department
Konnie Daniel .... hair designer
Konnie Daniel .... makeup designer
Neill Gorton .... special effects prosthetics: Millennium FX Ltd. (as Neil Gorton)
Tinks Reding .... makeup assistant
Stuart Conran .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Neil Morrill .... key prosthetic makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Louise Seymour .... post-production supervisor
Josh Yudkin .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Amy Coop .... third assistant director (as Adam Coop)
Jim Dowdall .... second unit director
Matthew Hanson .... third assistant director: second unit
Paul Mason .... third assistant director (as Paul 'Mace' Mason)
Barrie McCulloch .... first assistant director (as Barrie Mcculloch)
Olivia Peniston-Bird .... second assistant director
Kieron Phipps .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Rob Anderson .... construction manager
Glenys Barton .... sculptures: Flowers East, London
Ray Bell-Chambers .... carpenter (as Ray Bell Chambers)
Kevin Biggs .... painter
Gary Bird .... carpenter
David Calitz .... carpenter
Justin Chappell .... carpenter
Jamie Davies-Evans .... painter (as Jamie Davis Evans)
John Daynes .... painter
Jonnie Elf .... art department runner
Segan Friend .... stand-by props
John Greaves .... storyboard artist
Katy Harvey .... stand-by art director (as Katy Pain)
Jonnie Hext .... painter
David Horrill .... prop master (as David 'Springer' Horrill)
Steve Hunter .... painter
Simon Hutchings .... painter (as Simon Hutchins)
Roger Kiff .... carpenter
Ben Lobb .... painter
Ray McNeill .... dressing props (as Ray Mcneill)
Steve Parnell .... dressing props
Mike Pearce .... carpenter
Gert Rademeyer .... carpenter
Sui Rajakaruna .... assistant art director
Giles Rowntree .... carpenter
Stuart Rushbrook .... carpenter
Lance Smith .... painter
Judith Stanley-Smith .... painter (as Judith Stanley Smith)
Peter Taylor .... carpenter (as Pete Taylor)
Peter Wood .... dressing props
Jackie Yau .... assistant prop buyer
Sound Department
Tim Alban .... dubbing mixer
Tim Alban .... foley recordist
Richard Davey .... assistant dubbing mixer
Peter Gleaves .... adr recordist
Danny Hambrook .... sound recordist
Danny Hambrook .... supervising sound editor
Steve Haynes .... adr recordist
Adam Laschinger .... assistant sound editor
Adam Laschinger .... boom operator
Darko Mocilnikar .... sound assistant
Haresh Patel .... foley editor
Ryan Searle .... assistant dubbing mixer
Ryan Searle .... foley artist
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Joakim Sundström .... dialogue editor
Ted Swanscott .... adr recordist
Jessie Taylor .... foley artist
Nick Foley .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Nick Foley .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Danny Hambrook .... production sound mixer (uncredited)
Haresh Patel .... assistant dubbing mixer (uncredited)
James Seddon .... dolby consultant (uncredited)
Joakim Sundström .... adr editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John Fell .... wire crew
William Poynter .... wire crew
Robert Schofield .... wire specialist (as Bob Schofield)
Roy Weatherly .... wire crew
Jonathan Bullock .... special effects technician (uncredited)
James Davis III .... special effects senior technician (uncredited)
Mark Holt .... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Michelle Camp .... visual effects editorial: Framestore CFC
Paul Doogan .... scanning and recording & digital cleanup: Framestore CFC
Jonathan Dredge .... scanning and recording & digital cleanup: Framestore CFC
Joe Godfrey .... scanning and recording & digital cleanup: Framestore CFC
Dianne Gordon .... data operator: Framestore CFC
Tim Keene .... visual effects producer: Framestore CFC
Kevin Lowery .... scanning and recording & digital cleanup: Framestore CFC
Roz Lowrie .... visual effects editorial: Framestore CFC
Dan McRae .... scanning and recording & digital cleanup: Framestore CFC (as Dan Mcrae)
Mike Morrison .... data operator: Framestore CFC
Bruce Nelson .... digital paint artist: Framestore CFC
Sirio Quintavalle .... visual effects compositor: Framestore CFC
Matina Skouteri .... scanning and recording & digital cleanup: Framestore CFC
Paola Varvaro .... scanning and recording & digital cleanup: Framestore CFC
Timothy Webber .... visual effects supervisor: Framestore CFC (as Tim Webber)
Aubrey Woodiwiss .... scanning and recording & digital cleanup: Framestore CFC
Annabel Wright .... scanning and recording & digital cleanup: Framestore CFC
Doron Zar .... digital grading assistant: Framestore CFC
Andy Burrow .... scanning manager (uncredited)
James Clarke .... visual effects (uncredited)
Jerome Dewhurst .... di engineer (uncredited)
Alistair Hamer .... film mastering engineer (uncredited)
Jan Hogevold .... production executive: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
Jason Horley .... digital matte painter: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
Patricia Llaguno .... digital paint artist (uncredited)
Claire McGrane .... digital lab producer (uncredited)
Stephanie Mills .... compositor (uncredited)
Christopher Page .... digital cleanup artist (uncredited)
Anthony Peck .... digital paint & roto artist: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
Dave Robinson .... systems engineer (uncredited)
Aatesh Shah .... systems engineer: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
Stephen Willey .... systems engineer (uncredited)
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator: second unit
Adam Eastall .... stunt engineer
Andy Godbold .... stunt double: Joe
Tim Halloran .... stunt double: Jed
Paul Lowe .... stunt double: Boy in Balloon
Simon Lynn-Jones .... assistant stunt coordinator (as Simon Lyn-Jones)
Richard Todd .... stunt engineer
Lee Sheward .... high fall stunt (uncredited)
Bill Weston .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Babalola .... camera trainee
Simon Baker .... camera operator
Jacob Barrie .... camera trainee: Wescam, helicoptor unit
Jeremy Braben .... camera operator: helicopter unit
Tristam Cones .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Nicola Dove .... still photographer
Hamish Doyne-Ditmas .... first assistant camera
Fred Harris .... camera crane operator
Llewellyn Harrison .... grip (as Llewelyn Harrison)
Rupert Hornstein .... assistant camera: second unit
Sally Low .... second assistant camera
Dan Lowe .... best boy (as Dan 'Baby Face' Lowe)
Martin McCullogh .... grip: second unit (as Martin Mccullogh)
Polly Morgan .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Matthew Nobbs .... camera crane operator
Jake Polonsky .... director of photography: second unit
Andy Purdy .... electrician
Luke Redgrave .... camera operator: "b" camera
Alan Smith .... camera crane operator
Ricky Stelling .... rigger
Clive Tocher .... camera crane operator
Oliver Ward .... assistant camera: Wescam, helicopter unit
Julian White .... gaffer
Lee Whitmore .... crane operator: Balloon unit
Dave Wilmot .... camera crane operator
Matt Wilson .... electrician
Steve Yates .... crane operator: Balloon unit
Lucho Zuidema .... grip
Michael Babalola .... video assistant (uncredited)
Robbie Hoque .... camera trainee: Stokenchurch (uncredited)
Jake Polonsky .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... voice casting
Heidi Bishop .... extras casting: Q Casting
Brendan Donnison .... voice casting
Steve Daly .... additional casting (uncredited)
Julie Dunne .... additional casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dan Summerville .... costume assistant
Kate Towns .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Kim Gaster .... associate editor
Adam Glasman .... colorist: Framestore CFC
Clive Noakes .... laboratory contact: DeLuxe Laboratories Ltd.
Lisa Williams .... post-production assistant
Doron Zar .... assistant digital colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Christopher Austin .... conductor
Christopher Austin .... orchestrator
Luke Bedford .... music copyist
Bob Broadley .... music copyist
Yann McCullough .... assistant music engineer (as Yann Mccullough)
Emily Rogers Swanson .... music editor (as Emily Rogers)
Tim Sutton .... assistant to composer
Gary Thomas .... music engineer
Transportation Department
Yasu Asami .... driver
Mark Crowley .... unit driver
Stephen Duffy .... driver
Terrence Farrell .... driver: camera truck
Robbie Hoque .... driver: camera truck
Stephen Kelly .... driver
Casey Levie .... driver
Steve Mitchard .... driver: Daniel Craig (as Steve Michard)
Jim Moran .... driver: camera truck (as Jim 'The Fish' Moran)
Paul Rhodes .... driver
Brian Tame .... driver: props (as Brian Thame)
Other crew
Yasu Asami .... runner
Ben Atkinson .... balloon ground rigger
Martyn Ball .... location security (as Martin Ball)
Guy Barker .... production accountant
Robin Batchelor .... balloon pilot
Liam Beatty .... production assistant
Tony Bianchi .... aerial coordinator: Balloon unit
Hannah Bicat .... catering assistant
Alison Brister .... legal: Ingenious Film and Television
Anne Carey .... chaperone
Orlagh Collins .... physical production: Pathé Pictures
Jonah Coombes .... location manager
Stacy Crago .... floor runner
Chris Cullum .... health and safety consultant
Sara Curran .... production legal services
Gilbert Davies .... aerial coordinator: helicopter unit
David Dinerstein .... liaison: Paramount Classics
Harry Dixon .... liaison: FilmFour
Pierre Du Plessis .... business affairs: Pathé Pictures
Stephen Duffy .... runner
Jon Duncan .... production accountant
Michelle Duncan .... chaperone
Caitlin Elster .... catering assistant
Barbara Everall .... dog handler
Simon Fawcett .... finance director: Pathé Pictures
Kevin Francis-Grey .... chef (as Kevin Francis Grey)
Nicolas Gaster .... titles
Anne Marie Gormley .... assistant production accountant
Paul Grindey .... liaison: FilmFour
Ruth Halliday .... negative checks and script clearances: The Clearing House
Frank Hannon .... chef
James Haywood .... home economist
Sue Hills .... script supervisor
Juliette Howell .... liaison: FilmFour
Josh Hyams .... assistant production coordinator (as Joshua Hyams)
John Jaggon .... accounting: Ingenious Film and Television
Paula Jalfon .... physical production: Ingenious Film and Television
Sylvan Janois .... chef (as Sylvian Jamois)
Tracey Josephs .... liaison: FilmFour
Stephen Kelly .... runner
Philippa Langdale .... dog handler
Sam Latter .... assistant location manager
Casey Levie .... runner
Ken Lowry .... balloon ground rigger
Michael Malric-Smith .... helicopter pilot (as Michael Malrick-Smith)
Steffy Marrion .... production coordinator
Leila McAlister .... caterer (as Leila Mcalister)
Gregg Miller .... balloon ground rigger
Stephen Mills .... caterer
Afia Nkrumah .... floor runner
Gerardine O'Flynn .... liaison: FilmFour
Kevin O'Shea .... insurance: AON/Albert G. Ruben
Laura Pantaleoni .... catering assistant
Shreepali Patel .... WFTV/UIP directing change placement
Jason Pierce .... helicopter engineer
Rose Pomeroy .... catering assistant
Lesley Prosser .... chaperone
Paul Rhodes .... runner
Matthew Sanders .... unit publicist: McDonald & Rutter
Rob Seager .... assistant production accountant
Shane Stanfield .... location security
Brian Stewart .... location security
Kenny Stewart .... location security
Darren Stock .... head of security
Alison Thompson .... international sales: Pathé Pictures
Keith Thompson .... helicopter pilot
Peter Touche .... sale and leaseback finance
Hazel Vaughan .... balloon ground rigger
Lenny Vaughan .... balloon ground rigger
Ruth Vitale .... liaison: Paramount Classics
Rick Williams .... balloon ground rigger
Lesley Wise .... sale and leaseback finance
Susanna Wyatt .... physical production: Pathé Pictures
Just Ardalan-Raikes .... stand-in: Rhys Ifans (uncredited)
Mary Selway .... dedicatee
Crew believed to be complete

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A thought-provoking and perfectly performed piece of work., 29 December 2007
Author: Graham Greene from United Kingdom

Having never read Ian McEwan's original novel from which this film is based, I can't rightly judge whether or not this was a successful adaptation. However, I can say that as a standalone work, Enduring Love is one of the more interesting films to be released within the last couple of years and, as a successful British film, is one to rank alongside other recent UK successes like Dead Man's Shoes and Vera Drake. Having watched the film a couple of times, I was left with the urge to go away and discover McEwan's original novel (as was the case when I saw the film adaptation of his other key-work, The Cement Garden), as the film, although highly interesting and emotionally engaging, certainly left me asking a lot of questions.

The opening scene really sets the mood and pace (and of course, the plot) for the rest of the film... not to mention standing as one of the most exciting, engaging and downright jaw-dropping moments of visceral, cinematic tension-building that I've seen in a long time. Here, director Roger Michell juxtaposes the lush greenery of the Oxfordshire countryside - with it's rolling hills and vast, ocean-like sky - with a billowing, blood red, hot-air-balloon, waving as dangerously as the frantic, hand-held cameras that capture the action. The editing is punchy and creates a rhythm that works towards heightening the confusion felt by the characters, as the quiet, countryside picnic of writer/professor Joe and his sculptress girlfriend Claire is disrupted by the sight of the balloon, and the appalling tragedy to come. As the story progresses, the couple try to put the event to the back of their minds and carry on as normal with their comfortable, bourgeois lives of luncheons, dinner-parties & work-related accolades, however, when another one of the witnesses to the event contacts Joe out of the blue, we see the beginnings of a bizarre and dangerous relationship that will push all three protagonists beyond the regular boundaries of reason.

Some have likened the film to something like Fatal Attraction, with the idea of obsession and guilt both featuring as central to both... however, for me, Enduring Love was much more of a treatise on the nature of love, and the whys and wherefores of such. For example, it is important to note that Joe is a professor who studies the nature of love, and the human qualities one would require to endure love, when, in reality, it is the unhinged and unwanted fellow witness Jed that really understands the true sense of blind obsession, so central to such feelings.

The style of the film manages to be both low-key and visually distinctive, with Michell employing a style similar to his previous film, The Mother, with hand-held cameras that offer a reality - but also, manage to convey the wavering uncertainty and voyeuristic intrusion so central to the plot - coupled with staccato editing, optical filters, rich composition and an extraordinary use of locations (all captured in glorious 2:35.1 widescreen). The performances are of an extremely high calibre as well, with Daniel Craig bringing a smug-pomposity, but also a vulnerability to his role of the logical professor pushed to an illogical limit, whilst Samantha Morton offers support as the bewildered Claire, who has to question Joe's mental stability as he begins obsessing about the accident and his newly acquired "friend". However, much more impressive, if only for the fact that he delivers a performance completely against every other role I've ever seen him attempt, is Rhys Ifans, who embodies the lonely and perhaps somewhat disturbed Jed with a quiet, contemplative spirit that goes against the kind of melodramatic, raving lunatics found in similar, Hollywood endeavours.

The interplay between the three characters is wonderfully handled by Michell, who paces the film deliberately, so that the relationships only becomes truly apparent over a gradual period of time. Now, this may infuriate some viewers who expect a much quicker film that gets straight to the point, but I for one admired the gradual build and felt that it made the relationship between Joe and Jed much more metaphysical (bringing up all kinds of questions about fragmented personalities, two-halves of the same soul, repressed guilt, angst, sexual frustration and schizophrenia), whilst also forcing us to question who is really insane? This is just one question that the film left me with as the credits began to roll, with Michell and screenwriter Joe Penhall leaving a lot of minor-details unresolved, thus, allowing the audience to fill in the blanks. Again, this may annoy some viewers... and I must admit, I myself was left scratching my head on a number of occasions (not least, the scene that takes place after the final credits), but having gone back and watched the film a second time you realise that so much of the emotional background and the character motivation is there in those great performances.

It's certainly a film that will leave you with something to think about, if not only the relationship between the characters, then certainly the rationality of them leading up to that tense, edge-of-the-seat final. For me, Enduring Love was a great film that kept me interested throughout and left me with a lot of questions that have been running through my mind over the last couple of weeks. I appreciate the fact that a lot of viewers seek some kind of emotional resolution from a film, but I feel that people who don't necessarily expect every single loose end to be neatly tucked away by the end credits - or those that enjoy thinking about both the characters and the story once the film has come to a close - will certainly enjoy and appreciate this.

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