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Brideshead Revisited (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  15 August 2008 (USA)
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A poignant story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in England prior to the Second World War.


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Anna Madeley ...
Lady Guest
Stephen Carlile ...
English Lord
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American Professor
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Roger Walker ...
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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Regreso a Brideshead  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$339,616 (USA) (25 July 2008)


£874,658 (UK) (10 October 2008)

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For the Oxford scenes, real Oxford students were recruited to play their 1920's counterparts. For the scene where Charles and Sebastian first meet, real members of the exclusive Bullingdon Club can be seen behind him wearing their traditional blazers. A few of them can also be seen in the luncheon scene that takes place the next day. See more »


In Lord Marchmain's deathbed scene, Fr. Mackay imparts absolution while Charles Ryder and members of the family are in attendance. Absolution is never imparted in public in this way. The others would have been asked to step out. Moreover, the Latin form of the absolution given, although it is the correct traditional one, is badly mispronounced and contains several errors in the details of the Latin text. See more »


Charles Ryder: [suggestively] I can't sleep...
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Brilliant performances!
4 May 2010 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I saw the 13 hour mini series in the early 80's. I read the novel after that. And this two hour plus version holds up VERY well. The script is tight without ever seeming to be rushed. In fact the pace is very deliberate without dragging. Director Julian Jarrold floats the story through the haze of remembrance wistfully without being morose.

There are many good reasons to see this film, not the least of which is that it is an honest adaptation of Waugh's famous novel. But for me it was the performances by Emma Thompson, Matthew Goode, and Ben Wishaw that stood out the most. All three, and the rest of this talented cast, were true to the novels telling of unrequited love, longing, oppression, all under the massive shadow of Brideshead Manor. Emma Thompson should have at least been nominated for an Oscar for her domineering, oppressive and controlling Lady Marchmain. Matthew Goode was good. But Ben Wishaw was brilliantly tragically frail.

Comparisons between this feature length film and the 13 hour mini series from the early 80's are unfair. The only fair question to ask is not whether or not it lived up to the longer television version, but whether or not it was true to Waugh's novel. It was.

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