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Atonement (2007)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  11 January 2008 (USA)
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Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. Based on the British romance novel by Ian McEwan.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ailidh Mackay ...
Singing Housemaid
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Julia West ...
Betty
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Emily Tallis
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Felix von Simson ...
Charlie von Simson ...
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Danny Hardman
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Leon Tallis
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Leander Deeny ...
Police Constable
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When Briony Tallis, 13 years old and an aspiring writer, sees her older sister Cecilia and Robbie Turner at the fountain in front of the family estate she misinterprets what is happening thus setting into motion a series of misunderstandings and a childish pique that will have lasting repercussions for all of them. Robbie is the son of a family servant toward whom the family has always been kind. They paid for his time at Cambridge and now he plans on going to medical school. After the fountain incident, Briony reads a letter intended for Cecilia and concludes that Robbie is a deviant. When her cousin Lola is raped, she tells the police that it was Robbie she saw committing the deed. Written by garykmcd

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Rated R for disturbing war images, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Expiación, deseo y pecado  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,634,065 (UK) (7 September 2007)

Gross:

$50,921,738 (USA) (4 April 2008)
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Joe Wright had wanted Keira Knightley to play the role of Briony in her late teens, but Knightley immediately liked the character of Cecilia, and also wanted to get away from playing girls on the brink of womanhood and play a more mature character for once. See more »

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When Briony walks in on Cecelia and Robbie in the library from Briony's perspective, there is a shadow of a boom visible off in the distance behind her before she enters the room. See more »

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[first lines]
Briony Tallis, aged 13: I finished my play.
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The title types itself out like on a typewriter. See more »

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Amazing!!! Favourite Romantic Movie.
7 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

I was completely stunned when I watched Atonement yesterday. From the funny lines to the sad moments, this movie does not fail to amaze me. James McAvoy is by far the shining star in this movie, endowed with unfailing charisma and absolutely adoring accent. The score was impeccable, especially the sound of the typewriter. I loved the scenes from Dunkirk, the hospital, and ,of course, the mansion. It's truly an amazing movie that I consider to be the best of 2007's. The ending was rather sad, but it fits perfectly. Keira Knightley was ineffably wonderful with her charming beauty and brilliant performance. One should really go and watch it because it's a fulfilling experience. I personally give it 10/10.


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