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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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Singing Housemaid
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Julia West ...
Betty
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Emily Tallis
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Leon Tallis
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Leander Deeny ...
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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 »

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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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11 January 2008 (USA)  »

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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Release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title 'Saturday' - the title of another Ian McEwan novel. See more »

Goofs

When Robbie is standing behind the movie screen at Dunkirk, the men in the audience hum/sing "White Cliffs of Dover." The song was written in 1941, and Dunkirk Evacuation was in 1940. The song became most famous when Vera Lynn recorded it in 1942. 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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References Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) See more »

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Keep the Home Fires Burning
Written by Lena Guilbert Ford (as Lena Ford), Ivor Novello
Performed by The Dunkirk Soldiers
Courtesy of Universal Studios
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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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