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Atonement (2007)

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Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ailidh Mackay ...
Singing Housemaid
Grace Turner
Julia West ...
Emily Tallis
Felix von Simson ...
Pierrot Quincey (as Felix Von Simson)
Charlie von Simson ...
Jackson Quincey (as Charlie Von Simson)
Danny Hardman
Police Constable


SPOILER: 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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Joined by love. Separated by fear. Redeemed by hope. See more »


Drama | Mystery | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 (United Kingdom), 9 September 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$796,836, 9 December 2007, Limited Release

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Did You Know?


Saoirse Ronan received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Briony in the 2007 film adaptation of Atonement. She was only 13 at the time. See more »


The last day of Dunkirk evacuation was the 4th of June, not the 1st. The Navy officer tells Robbie that there were 300,000 men waiting on the beach, but the 1st of June, there were about 118,000 soldiers waiting. See more »


[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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(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover
Written by Nat Burton and Walter Kent
Performed by The Dunkirk Soldiers
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Love And Death In a Cold Climate
23 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

The superb Ian McEwan book translated into cold beautiful images by the startling Joe Wright and scriptwriter Christopher Hampton. The result is a series of powerful rushes and abrupt stops. A pacing that, perhaps, is a bit too self conscious for its own good doesn't help us to connect the emotional dots. I had the feeling I had lost something in the love story of the protagonists - something that didn't happen to me reading the book. By the time the "injustice" takes place I was taken by the pain of the injustice but not by Knightley and McAvoy's liaison. Their love story is left to its own devices. The beauty of the images is overwhelming and the assuredness of Joe Wright at his second feature after the, much better, "Pride and Prejudice" keeps you going. The score tends to be monotonous and irritating but in spite of all that I intend to see "Atonement" again and I would recommend it with just the above mentioned reservations.

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