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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

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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 ...
Pierrot Quincey (as Felix Von Simson)
Charlie von Simson ...
Jackson Quincey (as 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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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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You can only imagine the truth. 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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Trivia

This was the last HD DVD release by Universal Studios. See more »

Goofs

Any apparent continuity errors in the fountain scene - the position of the vase, the tennis shoes, Robbie's sitting position, Cecilia's strap slip, the buttons on her blouse etc. - are not what they seem: we are seeing the same event in different ways through different pairs of eyes. See more »

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[first lines]
Briony Tallis, aged 13: I finished my play.
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Crazy Credits

The title types itself out like on a typewriter. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Novel to Screen: Writing Atonement (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

O Soave Fanciulla, O Dolce Viso
from "La Bohème"
Written by Giuseppe Giacosa, Luigi Illica, Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Jussi Björling, Victoria de los Ángeles (as Victoria de los Angeles) and The RCA Victor Orchestra
Conducted by Thomas Beecham (as Sir Thomas Beecham)
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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Atonement - a feast for the eyes.
16 September 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

My wife and I went to see the movie last night and were totally blown away by the whole experience. So brilliantly directed and acted. The movie time just flew by and we were drawn in and captivated by each dramatic moment. Never having read the book or been an expert on WW2, I had a truly open mind on what to expect and I'm not one of those who count every rivet or go looking for technical inaccuracies however small. This was truly a masterpiece of cinematography. We were treated to wonderful performances, lavish sets, shocking and thought-provoking moments and haunting themes. I had the privilege of being an extra in the Redcar, Dunkirk scene and once seen in its full glory and effect on the big screen I was simply in awe and glad to have been a part of it. Walking along Redcar beach from now on will never quite be the same again. I am quite sure that the movie will win a number of awards within the next 12 months, but that is not what really matters. Movies are there to entertain, tell a story and affect you emotionally and by God this did it in spades! If you have not seen it yet, you must!


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