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Brideshead Revisited (2008)

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

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Thomas Morrison ...
Hooper
David Barrass ...
Ship's Barber
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Celia Ryder
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Lady Guest
Stephen Carlile ...
English Lord
Peter Barnes ...
American Professor
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Mr Ryder
Richard Teverson ...
Cousin Jasper
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Roger Walker ...
Lunt
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Mark Edel-Hunt ...
Oxford Student
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Storyline

WWII. Charles Ryder, in his civilian life, rose out of his middle class London background, which includes being an atheist and having a distant relationship with his eccentric father, to become an up and coming artist. He is currently an army officer, who is stationed at a makeshift camp set up at Brideshead estate before imminently getting shipped into battle. The locale, which is not unfamiliar to him, makes him reminisce about what ended up being his doomed relationship with Brideshead's owners, the Flytes, an ostentatiously wealthy family. Charles first met Sebastian Flyte when they both were students at Oxford, where Sebastian surprisingly welcomed Charles into his circle of equally wealthy, somewhat stuck up and flamboyant friends. Charles ended up getting caught up in Sebastian's family struggles, where Sebastian used excessive alcohol to deal with the pain resulting from his family relationships. Although Charles and Sebastian were more than just friends, Charles ultimately ... Written by Huggo

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Every temptation has its price. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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15 August 2008 (USA)  »

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Regreso a Brideshead  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£375,270 (United Kingdom), 5 October 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$339,616, 27 July 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,414,563, 21 September 2008
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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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The Venetian drummers have instruments fitted with Mylar drumheads (Remo Pinstripes) that were not manufactured before WWII. Calfskin heads or ones that resembled calfskin would have been more appropriate for the time. See more »

Quotes

Cara: That woman nearly suffocated him... Well, just look at her children. Even when they were tiny, in the nursery, they must do what she wants them to do, be what she wants them to be. Only then would she love them. It's not Lady Marchmain's fault. Her God has done that to her.
Charles Ryder: But surely you're Catholic too.
Cara: Oh, yes, but a different sort. Well, it's different in Italy. Not so much guilt. We do what the heart tell us, and then we go to confession.
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Version of Brideshead Revisited (1981) See more »

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With the Rumba Playing
Music & Lyrics by Terry Davies
Violin by Chris Garrick
Guitar by John Etheridge
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Brideshead Revisited? Waugh betrayed!
25 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

Even though the music, photography, set design and acting are very good, this movie was a disappointment for me. The plot has been skillfully manipulated. In this version, Julia's character has become a victim of a distorted protestant vision of catholic faith, and Lady Flyte is just a selfish, self-centered and fanatic mother. All the beauty, the hope and the humanity of the original is lost, leaving just tortured and melancholic characters who live a sort of impossible love. Of course there is no references to God's grace, personal conscience, repentance, charity, duty or the importance of the family. At the end, it remains only an obscure pseudo-reflection on guilt, that is supposed to be related with the scriptwriters' deformed idea of what the Roman Catholic religion is.


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