The Edge of Love (2008)

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Two feisty, free-spirited women are connected by the brilliant, charismatic poet who loves them both.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Huw Ceredig ...
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Alistair Graham
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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

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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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20 June 2008 (UK)  »

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A szerelem határai  »

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£180,837 (UK) (20 June 2008)


$28,635 (USA) (3 April 2009)

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The film's title is subtly shown, in part, throughout the film in various places. Most noticeably after we see Caitlin's affair it appears as a silhouette on the curtain. See more »


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 »


William Killick: You have a raindrop running down your cheek, just like a tear.
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Referenced in Uned 5: Episode dated 20 June 2008 (2008) See more »


Careless Love
Lyrics by John Maybury
Music by Angelo Badalamenti
Published by Anlon Music Co.
Produced by Angelo Badalamenti
Courtesy of Universal Music Classics and Jazz
Under License from Universal Music Operations
Performed by Madeleine Peyroux
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19 June 2008 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

I went to see this as the Edinburgh Film Festival the other day and I have to say I was a bit disappointed.

The score and the cinematography were lush and gorgeous and the acting was very good but the script lacked characterisation. I realise that Dylan Thomas was not meant to have been an overly pleasant man, but I failed to see why the seemingly likable, headstrong character of Vera Phillips ever fell in love with him. He came across as completely selfish and sleazy with virtually no redeeming qualities and it frustrated me that there seemed to be no explanation for every woman fawning over him. Characters made choices out of the blue and eventually I just grew to dislike all the characters I have loved in the first half.

What also grated about this film is that sometimes I swear I could have been watching 'Atonement' the amount of time Keira Knightley said "Come back to me." I really hope she wasn't trying to relive the glory of 'Atonement' through this film because I am afraid she will be sorely disappointed. Even though I personally did not enjoy 'Atonement' I can recognise that it is a marvellous film and sadly "The Edge of Love" just cannot compare.

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