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The Edge of Love (2008)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  20 June 2008 (UK)
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Two feisty, free-spirited women are connected by the brilliant, charismatic poet who loves them both.

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Two feisty, free-spirited women are connected by the brilliant, charismatic poet who loves them both. The passion and pathos of legendary poet Dylan Thomas is told through the lives of two extraordinary women. Vera Phillips and Dylan were teenage loves; fast forward ten years and the two reconnect in London. She's working as a singer whilst he's churning out scripts for government propaganda films and living off the last in a long line of infatuated women. The two former lovers feel the thunderbolt once more, but Thomas is now married to the adventurous Caitlin. Despite their love-rival status, the women form a surprising friendship. Caitlin indulges in her own infidelities, and recognises a similar adventurous spirit in her husband. But she knows his connection with Vera is something different, not to mention dangerous. Romantic turmoil continues in Vera's life. She marries her devoted admirer William Killick, but she can't deny the chemistry between herself and Dylan, nor does she ... Written by paul@keiraweb.com

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The only thing more dangerous than war... is love.


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

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£180,837 (UK) (20 June 2008)

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$28,635 (USA) (3 April 2009)
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The screenwriter is Keira Knightley's mother. See more »

Goofs

When William Killick boards his transportation plane to Greece the C-47 Dakota shows (incorrectly) black and white "D-Day stripes" on fuselage and left wing. In the stock footage (probably ex-RCAF ZA947 operated by the "Battle of Britain Memorial Flight") used for the subsequent takeoff shot the C-47 has no markings at all neither on wings nor the fuselage's underbelly. See more »

Quotes

William Killick: No harm will ever come to you. Not from me, not from anyone else. And while I'm here, no word of mine will ever hurt you.
Vera Phillips: Sounds like a vow.
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Referenced in Uned 5: Episode dated 20 June 2008 (2008) See more »

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My Hat's on the Side of My Head
The New Mayfair Dance Orchestra
Sung by Al Bowlly
Courtesy of Vocalion
Written by Harry M. Woods (as Harry Woods) and Claude Hulbert
Published by Cinephonic Music Co. Limited
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A humanistic tale
13 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Set during the Second World War in both London and Wales, this film portrays the complex relationships between four real-life characters: the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (played by Welsh actor Matthew Rhys abandoning his American accent from the US television series "Brothers And Sisters"), his Irish wife Caitlin MacNamara (British actress Sienna Miller), his first love Vera Phillips (another British actress Keira Knightley) and Vera's husband the British soldier Captain William Killick (Irish actor Cillian Murphy). Many of the incidents represented are a matter of record but other occurrences are simply speculation on the part of screenwriter Sharman Macdonald (Knightley's mother).

In truth, it is Keira Knightley's film. Her striking physiognomy always makes her a pleasure to watch, but this is the finest performance of her young (still only 23) career, as she effects a decent Welsh accent and even sings in a nuanced act of thespian of which she can be proud. Director John Maybury does not make the character or the poetry of Dylan Thomas any more accessible but the bonding and bruising between his wife and his lover make for a humanistic tale.


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