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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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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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Privilege. Ambition. Desire. At Brideshead Everything Comes at a 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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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£874,658 (UK) (10 October 2008)
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Castle Howard, which 'plays' Brideshead in this film, was also used to represent the same location in Brideshead Revisited (1981). See more »

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After the dinner, at which Charles first meets Lady Marchmain, the family go to pray in the private chapel. The ladies, as Roman Catholics, would have covered their heads with a scarf or a veil. See more »

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Sebastian Flyte: Charles! You're to come away at once. I've got a basket of strawberries and a bottle of Chateau Peyraguey, which isn't a wine you've ever tasted so don't pretend.
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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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