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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:
Ailidh Mackay ...
Singing Housemaid
Julia West ...
Emily Tallis
Felix von Simson ...
Charlie von Simson ...
Danny Hardman
Leon Tallis
Leander Deeny ...
Police Constable


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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Drama | Mystery | Romance | War

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

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Release Date:

11 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Expiación, deseo y pecado  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,634,065 (UK) (7 September 2007)


$50,921,738 (USA) (4 April 2008)

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The Dunkirk street scenes and generator room scenes were filmed on Grimsby Docks. See more »


In the scene in London streets, when Robbie and Cecilia are walking, the lens of the steady cam can be seen clearly reflected in the window of a parked car. See more »


[first lines]
Briony Tallis, aged 13: I finished my play.
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Written by Jimmy Hughes, Frank Lake
Performed by Paul Harper and The Dunkirk Soldiers
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Best adaptation of a novel ever!
5 March 2008 | by (Mexico City) – See all my reviews

I usually don't like watching novels turned into movies (specially when I liked the novel as much as I liked McEwan's "Atonement") but this was a really pleasant surprise. The plot is extraordinarily well adapted, leaving out what cannot possibly be included in a two-hour film, changing very few details to translate literary language to cinematographic language but sticking to the essence and the spirit of the novel.

I really believe that if you enjoyed McEwan's novel, you will fall for this beautiful film. If you have never read McEwan, you will fall for the intriguing and thrilling story written by this wonderful English novelist.

Please, don't miss this one!

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